"After the Dyerses," Playboy
Story about an estranged family, originally drafted in 2003.
"Technical Support," N+1
Excerpt of my novel PRIVATE CITIZENS.
"Soft Landing," Michgan Quarterly Review
Story about a champion teenage figure skater who suddenly loses her talent.
"Composite Body," Cimarron Review
Story about stepsiblings in a folie àdeux of anorexia. Pushcart Prize nominee, 2012.
"Inheritance," The Threepenny Review
Story about a father drying out his pillhead son while restoring a family home.
"The Man Who Wasn't Male," Wag's Revue
Flash fiction about a man fretting over his unmasculine manners.
"Brains," The Malahat Review
Novella about a precocious neurosurgeon and her itinerantroommate.
"Scenes from the Life of the Only Girl in Water Shield, Alaska," Threepenny Review
Story about a teenage girl isolated in rural Alaska with her father. Winner of a 2008 O. Henry Award.
Awards + Shit
2017 - Whiting Award
2017 - Brooklyn Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in Brooklyn Culture
2016 - Elle Magazine's Bad Boys of 2016
2016 - MacDowell Fellowship
2015 - Michener-Copernicus Society of America Award
2012 - MacDowell Fellowship
2012 - Pushcart Prize Special Mention
2011 - Teaching-Writing Fellowship
2010 - Truman-Capote Fellowship
2010 - Malahat Review Novella Contest
2009 - Jentel Arts Residency
2008 - O. Henry Award
"Pitching and Moaning," Catapult
"Publish or Perish," a three-part writing career advice column.
"Meet the Nü-Nerds," WIRED
A feature about a group of freshman hackers at Northeastern University.
"Why There's No 'Millennial Novel,'" The New York Times
Notes on the "Voice of a Generation" novel, and why it's never existed.
"Utopian Kink," The New Republic
A review of Emily Witt's FUTURE SEX.
"Clash Rules Everything Around Me," Real Life
An essay on the mobile game CLASH OF CLANS, and other wastes of time.
"Title Fights," The Paris Review
An essay on the history of writers' struggles to hang on to their preferred book titles.
"Back to the Future," The New Republic
A review of Don DeLillo's ZERO K.
“Fantasy Bonds,” Crush: Writers Reflect on Love, Longing and the Power of Their First Celebrity Crush
On having a childhood crush on a video game character.
"To the Quick," Catapult
“Good People Don’t Make Good Characters," The Atlantic
On Philip Roth and morally unlaudable characters.
“What Kind of Name is That?" The Paris Review (2016)
On the strategies writers use to name their characters.
“Proposals Toward the End of Writing," The Believer
An essay about automated writing and its far future.
January 16, 2016
A journal of a single day.
“How a Wedding Party Survived Hurricane Patricia…" Travel + Leisure
A travelogue about attending a wedding in the path of the strongest hurricane in history.
“Pornucopia," killed piece for VICE (2015)
A review of the first annual NYC Porn Film Festival.
Misc. articles, VICE
"Infornography," LA Review of Books
A review of Peter Buwalda's BONITA AVENUE.
"Stop Blaming Iowa," Salon
Criticism about the "MFA vs. NYC" debate.
“You Are What You Tweet," The New Yorker
On the rise of personal branding culture.
“The Return of ‘The Curses, the Fates, the Races, the Fakes, the Faces, the Names of The Game of Death; or, The Game of Death’" The American Reader (2013)
The second of a two-part essay on Bruce Lee's "The Game of Death," Asian men in film, the uncanny, and a crackpot theory of cinema.
"The Curses, the Fates, the Races, the Fakes, the Faces, the Names of 'The Game of Death'; or, The Game of Death," The American Reader
The first of a two-part essay on Bruce Lee's "The Game of Death," the uncanny, and a crackpot theory of cinema.
“Boredom’s Afterlife,” AGNI
On boredom in literature and David Foster Wallace's THE PALE KING.
"Free as Birds," Threepenny Review
A review of Jonathan Franzen's FREEDOM.