Memoir

How to Learn Everything: The MasterClass Diaries.” Longreads, August 20, 2020. 

Someone is Wrong on the Internet: A Study in Pandemic Distraction.” Literary Hub, June 19, 2020.

Home truths: A dispatch from Germany.” The Times Literary Supplement, April 24, 2020.

“O limbă lipită de cerul gurii.” Scena9 2 (2019-20): 192-197. 

“Reading Lessons.” How We Read: Tales, Fury, Nothing, Sound. Eds. Kaitlin Heller and Suzanne Conklin Akbari. Brooklyn: Punctum Books, 2019. 1-11.

The Kid Is All Right: In Defense of Picky Eating.” Serious Eats, February 13, 2018.

An Unreliable Alchemy.” The Marginalia Review of Books, November 10, 2017.

Swan, Late: The Unexpected Joys of Adult Beginner Ballet.” Longreads. February 7, 2017.

  • Included in Genia Blum’s “Essays of the Decade,” on Queen Mob’s Review of the DecadeQueen Mob’s Teahouse, December 28, 2019. 
  • Listed among the “Notable Essays and Literary Nonfiction of 2017” in The Best American Essays 2018, eds. Hilton Als and Robert Atwan. Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018.

The Things We Take, The Things We Leave Behind.” Southwest Review 101.1 (2016): 13-29.

  • Winner of a McGinnis-Ritchie Award for nonfiction from the Southwest Review.
  • Published in Romanian as “Lucrurile pe care le luăm cu noi, lucrurile pe care le lăsăm în urmă,” translated by Iulia Gorzo, in Scena9, September 30, 2019.
  • Featured in Scena9‘s 2019 “Un calendar ilustrat.”
  • Listed among the “Notable Essays and Literary Nonfiction of 2016” in Best American Essays 2017, eds. Leslie Jamison and Robert Atwan. Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017.
  • Nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Dance, Mama.” The Manifest-Station. September 26, 2015.

My Father and the Wine.” The Yale Review 103.2 (2015): 51-64.

  • Reprinted in Wine Reads: A Literary Anthology of Wine Writing, ed. Jay McInerney. New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 2018. 295-309.
  • Reprinted in The Best American Essays 2016, eds. Jonathan Franzen and Robert Atwan. Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016. 56-68.
  • Nominated for the MFK Fisher Distinguished Writing Award, from the James Beard Foundation, March 2016.
  • Translated into Chinese by Chunhui Li. Posted with permission here.
  • Featured in the Longreads roundup Six James Beard Finalists You Might Have Missed: A Reading List
  • Audio version featured in Choice Magazine Listening’s Fall 2015 issue.

Currywurst.” Petits Propos Culinaires 98 (2013): 71-77.

Tasting Texas.” Southwest Review 97.1 (2012): 54-62.

  • Listed among the “Notable Essays of 2012” in The Best American Essays 2013, eds. Cheryl Strayed and Robert Atwan. Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.

Flash & Fiction

Line.” Brevity Magazine 16 (May 2021). (Flash nonfiction)

Shift.” The Enneadecameron. 1 June 2020. (Story)