Criticism

Smell the burn: What is the point of physical exercise?Times Literary Supplement, September 17, 2021.

The Beauty of Imperfection.” Los Angeles Review of Books, August 26, 2021.

A Heroine’s Journey: On Lana Bastašić’s “Catch the Rabbit”.Los Angeles Review of Books, August 18, 2021.

Don’t Get Too Comfortable.” New York Review of Books, May 27, 2021.

When You Roast Your Friends in a Book, and One’s Your Landlord.” The New York Times, May 3, 2021.

The Flower and the Bee.” London Review of Books, April 22, 2021.

Let us now tell sad stories.” Times Literary Supplement, March 12, 2021.

Dudes Without Heirs.” New York Review of Books, December 3, 2020.

Time travelling in comfort.” Times Literary Supplement, November 27, 2020.

How to Read Aloud.” London Review of Books, September 10, 2020.

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In Praise of Solitude.” Los Angeles Review of Books, June 28, 2020.

Making My Moan.” London Review of Books, May 7, 2020. 

Quiet magic: The best ways to cultivate good writing.” The Times Literary Supplement (lead cover story), March 6, 2020. 

Theater of War.” The New York Times, February 12, 2020.

Cooking as a profound art.” The Times Literary Supplement, December 20 and 27, 2019.

Heel turns.” The Times Literary Supplement (lead cover story), September 20, 2019.

“Door Open for Beauty: On Deborah Tobola’s “Hummingbird in Underworld: Teaching in a Men’s Prison, a Memoir.” Los Angeles Review of Books, August 2, 2019. 

Renaissance Man.” The New York Times, June 2, 2019.

Physical, cultural, personal: The demands of dance.” The Times Literary Supplement (lead cover story), February 1, 2019.

Hunger Games: Three Memoirs Where Food Takes Center Stage.” The New York Times, January 6, 2019.

Literature as Lifeline: The Exile in “Call Me Zebra”.” Los Angeles Review of Books, March 18, 2018.

Shorts

Somewhat cheery.” (In Brief review of A Cheerful Soul and other stories, by Hersh Dovid Nomberg.) The Times Literary Supplement, May 21, 2021.

Rings of Sarajevo.” (In Brief review of My Heart, by Semezdin Mehmedinović.) The Times Literary Supplement, March 26, 2021.

Stifled by cookie-cutters.” (In Brief review of So You Want to Publish a Book?, by Anne Trubek). Times Literary Supplement, February 5, 2021.

Old love, new tricks.” (In Brief review of Tristan & Isolde, newly translated by William Whobrey). Times Literary Supplement, December 4, 2020.

Homely ceremonies.” (In Brief review of How to Cook a Wolf, by MFK Fisher). Times Literary Supplement, October 30, 2020.

Dance Macabre.” (In Brief review of What You Become In Flight, by Ellen O’Connell Whittet) The Times Literary Supplement, May 1, 2020.

Dance.” (In Brief review of Isadora, by Julie Birmant and Clément Oubrerie) The Times Literary Supplement, April 17, 2020.

Electric conversations: Twenty-five writers reflect on the magazines and journals they have enjoyed over the years.” Times Literary Supplement, October 25, 2019. 

Old English” (In Brief review of Undoing Babel: The Tower of Babel in Anglo-Saxon Literature, by Tristan Major). The Times Literary Supplement, January 11, 2019. 

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