Book reviews

Examples of author interviews and literary criticism I’ve written for the L.A. Times, including works by Colson Whitehead, Ta-Nehisi Coates and Geoff Dyer.

I like books and where they go.


Chelsea Bieker’s ‘Godshot’ distills the fire and fury of the parched Central Valley

Bess Kalb channels her bubbeh in ‘Nobody Will Tell You This But Me.’


Q&A: John Hodgman on his brush with fame in ‘Medallion Status’

Q&A: Rene Denfeld delves into harsh truths in ‘The Butterfly Girl’

Review: Ta-Nehisi Coates imagines a magical means to freedom in ‘The Water Dancer’

What do Bernie Madoff and Sylvia Plath have in common? Malcolm Gladwell explains

Reality twists but tyranny endures in Rion Amilcar Scott’s ‘The World Doesn’t Require You’

Chuck Klosterman shifts his pop culture obsessions to fiction with ‘Raised in Captivity’

‘BoJack Horseman’ creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg shines darkly in his debut collection of short stories 

More articles on Books: “Welcome to Night Vale”, Herbie Hancock, “Possibilities,” Karen Joy Fowler, “We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves,” Alejandro Zambra, “Ways of Going Home,” Diana Wagman’s  “The Care and Feeding of Exotic Pets,” Etgar Keret and Amelia Gray keep the whimsy coming, Talking funny with Merrill Markoe and Jill Soloway, Esi Edugyan, “Half Blood Blues,” Geoff Dyer, “Zona,” Ben Marcus, “The Flame Alphabet,” Chad Harbach, “The Art of Fielding,” Colson Whitehead, “Zone One,” Daniel H. Wilson, “Robopocalypse,” Graham Joyce, “The Silent Land,”Jonathan Coe, “The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim”

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