I’m thrilled to share this thoughtful new review of Rumba Under Fire: The Arts of Survival from West Point to Delhi, written by Jenny Drai for Drunken Boat:


You can buy a hard copy of Rumba Under Fire or download the ebook free at Punctum Books. Donations to this wonderful publishing house are most welcome!

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I’m happy to announce that I have a new essay up at Longreads:

Swan, Late: The unexpected joys of adult beginner ballet

It’s about the culture of perfection in ballet, how I fell in love with the art form despite myself, and the surprising benefits of doing something in which it is impossible to become excellent. I also interviewed a number of dance teachers, read a lot of ballet memoirs, and took quite a few dance classes, so it was probably the most fun to research of all of my essays.

Steve Mentz has included Rumba Under Fire: The Arts of Survival from West Point to Delhi in his 2016 Reads of the Year at the Glasgow Review of Books. I’m thrilled at this sensitive response to the book!

I’m pleased to announce that Rumba Under Fire: The Arts of Survival from West Point to Delhi (Punctum Books, 2016) was reviewed in the Winter 2017 issue of Bitch Magazine. The issue is on newsstands now, and I’m happy to send a copy of the review to anyone interested.

Along with Berit Andersson, I’ve put together a list of research fellowships in Germany open to scholars in the humanities, along with a few tips for applying. You can find it at In the Middle here:


A few weeks ago I was asked by Zócalo Public Square to participate in a roundtable on “Why Libraries’ Survival Matters”. We were asked to write about our favourite library, and while I’ve loved many libraries, in only one of them did I have research help from angels.

Read my piece, and the whole roundtable, here:


I have a new piece up at the Atlantic online called “The Curious Appeal of ‘Bad’ Food.” It’s pretty exciting, as I’ve been using foodgonewrong.com for a while now as a space to play and think about what bad food means — and of course, about all the different ways food can be “bad.” I hope you enjoy the article!