Every now and again, somebody else publishes something I write.
A Red With An FBI Badge Jacobin, June 2014. This one is about James Ellroy and the peculiar way the personal and the political work together to create the nightmare-world of his best works.
Neal Stephenson’s Ideal Forms Los Angeles Review of Books, August 2015. Roughly like my Ellroy piece, except about scifi writer Neal Stephenson (and, thereby, a whole different set of literary and political commitments, etc.).
Occupation With a Human Face Jacobin, December 2015. On Montgomery McFate and her place in the selling of counterinsurgency to the public.
“Foul, Small-Minded Deities”: on Giorgio de Maria’s “The Twenty Days of Turin” Los Angeles Review of Books, February 2017. On the recently-translated Italian weird fiction classic.
The Internet Wars Come To Print Los Angeles Review of Books, July 2017. On Angela Nagle’s “Kill All Normies” and the way we read the alt-right.
100 Best Dystopian Books The Vulture, August 2017. I contribute to this list of short descriptions of dystopian works.
The Dark Forest and Its Discontents Los Angeles Review of Books, May 2018. On Liu Cixin’s “Death’s End” and the “Remembrance of Earth’s Past” series generally.
It’s Not Just Red States vs Blue States Jacobin, March 2019. A review of Kevin Kruse and Julian Zelizer’s “Fault Lines,” which attempts to write the history of America in the late-20th/early-21st century.
The Far-Right Roots of “Straight Pride” Dissent, June 2019. Revealing “Straight Pride” as the latest rebrand for the East Coast’s fumbling far right.
Why Populism Is Not A Gateway Drug To Fascism Los Angeles Review of Books, July 2020. A review of a book about fascism, populism, and lies.
Review of Hagerman’s “White Kids” San Antonio Review, July 2020. A review of a sociological work about the racial ideas of upper-middle-class white kids.
Age of Illusion DigBoston, August 2020. A review of Andrew Bacevich’s The Age of Illusions, a history of the US in the late twentieth/early twenty-first century.
A Seemingly Endless Recitation of Events DigBoston, September 2020. A review of Rick Perlstein’s Reaganland, a real slog of a book.