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Modul de supraviețuire” / Scena9
The Professor” / Longreads
Tongue Stuck” / The Rumpus
Trash” / The Dalhousie Review
How to Learn Everything: The MasterClass Diaries” / Longreads
Someone is Wrong on the Internet: A Study in Pandemic Distraction” / Literary Hub
Home truths: A dispatch from Germany” / Times Literary Supplement
O limbă lipită de cerul gurii” / Scena9
Reading Lessons” How We Read: Tales, Fury, Nothing, Sound. Eds. Kaitlin Heller and Suzanne Conklin Akbari (Reprinted in Longreads)
The Kid Is All Right: In Defense of Picky Eating” / Serious Eats
An Unreliable Alchemy” / The Marginalia Review of Books
Swan, Late: The Unexpected Joys of Adult Beginner Ballet” Longreads 
The Things We Take, The Things We Leave Behind” / Southwest Review (Romanian in Scena9)
Dance, Mama” / The Manifest-Station
“My Father and the Wine.” The Yale Review (reprinted in Best American Essays 2016; Wine Reads: A Literary Anthology of Wine Writing)
Currywurst” / Petits Propos Culinaires
Tasting Texas” / Southwest Review 

Flash & Fiction

Line” / Brevity Magazine (The Humble Essayist)
Shift” / The Enneadecameron


The rest of the iceberg: Three guides to writing personal narrative” / TLS
Scratch the surface: What psoriasis tells us about social outcasts” / TLS
Bad Company: A New Novel Strips Away the Veneer of Progressive Rhetoric” / The Walrus
Different words for blue: How mother tongues are lost and found” / TLS
A Family Shatters Along With Yugoslavia” / New York Times
Industrious Habits” / New York Review of Books
Smell the burn: What is the point of physical exercise?” / TLS
The Beauty of Imperfection” / Los Angeles Review of Books
A Heroine’s Journey: On Lana Bastašić’s “Catch the Rabbit”” / LARB
Don’t Get Too Comfortable” / NYRB
When You Roast Your Friends in a Book, and One’s Your Landlord” / NYT
The Flower and the Bee” / London Review of Books
Let us now tell sad stories: Why we might write about trauma” / TLS
Dudes Without Heirs” / NYRB
Time travelling in comfort: An invitation to take guidance from the voices of the past” / TLS
How to Read Aloud” / LRB
In Praise of Solitude” / LARB
Making My Moan” / LRB
Quiet magic: The best ways to cultivate good writing” / TLS
Theater of War” / NYT
Cooking as a profound art: Reflections on the culinary and the literary” / TLS
Heel turns: The history of modern celebrity” / TLS (Latvian in Rigas Laiks)
“Door Open for Beauty: On Deborah Tobola’s “Hummingbird in Underworld: Teaching in a Men’s Prison, a Memoir” LARB
Renaissance Man” / NYT (Spanish in El Cultural)
Physical, cultural, personal: The demands of dance” / TLS
Hunger Games: Three Memoirs Where Food Takes Center Stage.” NYT
Literature as Lifeline: The Exile in “Call Me Zebra”” / LARB

Brief reviews

Out of the bag: Understanding the strange power that animals exercise over people” / TLS
Look backwards, fly forwards: A woman searches for her father – and herself – in fictional West Africa” / TLS
Speaking in Tongues: Paul McQuade’s startling and casually surreal stories about language” / TLS
Somewhat cheery” / TLS
Rings of Sarajevo” / TLS
Stifled by cookie-cutters” / TLS
Old love, new tricks” / TLS
Homely ceremonies” / TLS
Dance Macabre” / TLS
Dance” / TLS
Electric conversations: Twenty-five writers reflect on the magazines and journals they have enjoyed over the years” / TLS
Old English” / TLS 


Old mischief in new guise: Keeping your focus in the age of distraction” / TLS
The art of improv: Wobbling through life” / TLS
Plain speaking: How to write well” / TLS
Burnout culture: A disconnect between expectation and reality” / TLS
Beyond the girlboss: On the representation of women” / TLS
Our debt to pleasure: Nurturing delight in a dangerous world” / TLS


The Frenzied Folly of Professorial Groupthink” / The Chronicle of Higher Education Review
Addressing toxic behaviour is in universities’ interest” / Times Higher Education
Rereading the Revolt” / Public Books
Queen Kris” / Avidly
Are you a toxic enabler?” / THE
How to Cope With a Fear of Public Writing” / The Chronicle of Higher Education
Get medieval on your haters: lessons from Beowulf and Chaucer” / Psyche
Heroism should not be part of the academic job description” / THE
We’re all Jessica Rabbit Now. Self-fashioning for the YouTube generation” / TLS
Time to Get Over Your Discomfort With Book Marketing” / The Chronicle of Higher Education
Improv” / Iberian Connections
Struggling to exercise upward toxicity? Try toxic hypocrisy” / THE
What Academics Misunderstand About ‘Public Writing’” / The Chronicle of Higher Education
Ten rules for succeeding in academia through upward toxicity” / THE
“‘Bio-Nazis’ go green in Germany” / Politico Europe
Teachers and Students” / Aeon
Appetite (and iron-clad stomach) for success. The art of stuffing yourself while chancellor” / Politico.eu
The Curious Appeal of ‘Bad’ Food” / The Atlantic (Reprinted in Best Food Writing 2017)
‘Frivolous’ Humanities Helped Prisoners Survive in Communist Romania” / Zócalo Public Square
War and the Food of Dreams: An Interview with Cara De Silva” / Rumba Under Fire: The Arts of Survival from West Point to Delhi, ed. Irina Dumitrescu
Terpsichore” / Rumba Under Fire: The Arts of Survival from West Point to Delhi, ed. Irina Dumitrescu
Why ‘that’ photo mattered this time: Our children could be on that beach, too” / Washington Post
On the Future of Old English” / In the Middle
The School’s Embrace.” / This Book is a Class Room, eds. Lucie Kolb and Romy Rüegger
Hidden Treasures at the Met Museum” / In the Middle

Short pieces

My worst teaching moment – and what it taught me” / THE
Are you ready for the return to in-person teaching?” / THE
Moving mountains: the reforms that would push academia to new heights” / THE
Life in the Zoomiverse: What we miss about the physical campus” / THE
Should you be working 100 hours a week?” / THE
A Place of Absence, Loss, and Transcendence” / Zócalo Public Square