November 18, 2012
On Tom Wolfe for the New York Review of Books.November 16, 2012
On New Orleans, "The Accidental City," for the London Review of Books.September 30, 2012
On Steve Stern for the New York Times Book Review.August 28, 2012
American Dreams: The Stepford Husbands.July 27, 2012
American Dreams: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest at 50.July 1, 2012
David Goodis: Misfit Noir Genius.June 30, 2012
American Dreams: Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man.May 30, 2012
American Dreams: Dawn Powell, riding the world's debacle.April 30, 2012
American Dreams: Erskine Caldwell, glorious sicko.March 21, 2012
The Lower Ninth Ward six-and-a-half years later.March 19, 2012
American Dreams: If only we had a man like George Follansbee Babbitt.March 4, 2012
An Afghani Rashoman in The American Scholar.February 21, 2012
American Dreams: The Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man.January 15, 2012
American Dreams: Brewster's Millions.December 29, 2011
A new series: American Dreams.December 28, 2011
The prophet Harold Camping's very bad year.December 18, 2011
Imaginary Oklahoma for Tulsa's wonderful This Land.November 18, 2011
A sacred Thanksgiving tradition.October 24, 2011
The real Pinocchio.August 15, 2011
"The Northeast Kingdom," a (long) short story in the new issue of McSweeney's.August 4, 2011
The Luckiest Woman in the World?
June 28, 2011
A short story about the secrets of doctors in issue 3 of Cousin Corinne's Reminder.
June 26, 2011
Amanda Knox and That Awful Mess on Via della Pergola.
May 6, 2011
Why Jack Nicholson owes his career to the Monkees.
May 4, 2011
Will we be happier once we colonize Mars?
March 28, 2011
"Hermie," a short story in Vintage's relaunched Night and Day.
March 15, 2011
We are in a lot of trouble .
February 13, 2011
Coming soon: Total Weather Apocalypse.
February 7, 2011
Ryu Murakami's deranged thermobaric bomb throwers.
December 6, 2010
Georges Simenon's Pedigree.
December 1, 2010
Barry Hannah, rebel without applause.
November 20, 2010
Barry Gifford and his screwball noir.
November 19, 2010
No one does what Saul Bellow did.
September 24, 2010
Benvenuto Cellini invented the celebrity memoir.
May 10, 2010
Ray Bradbury is the Rocketman.
April 21, 2010
Mark Twain died one hundred years ago today.
April 15, 2010
Why your cell phone may or may not be killing you.
February 19, 2010
On Robert Altman for The New York Review of Books.
February 9, 2010
On Roberto Rossellini for Slate.
January 21, 2010
We're all doomed.
January 11, 2010
The paperback of the British edition has been published.
January 5, 2010
"Over Ernest," an autobiographical nonfiction piece, appears in the new issue of the excellent Canteen Magazine.
December 12, 2009
"Oulo," a very short story, appears in the new issue of Flash Fiction Magazine. The story is an adaptation from a Constance Eakins story.
December 1, 2009
The London Observer names The Mayor's Tongue one of the "Best Debut Novels of 2009."
November 22, 2009
On Vladimir Nabokov for The Daily Beast.
September 24, 2009
On James Ellroy for The Daily Beast.
September 23, 2009
The Art of Sichuan in the new issue of Take the Handle.
September 21, 2009
Fall Paris Review with my interview with James Ellroy is on sale and online.
August 10, 2009
If you buy this rhinocerous, you will never have to worry about forgetting trivial facts again.
July 11, 2009
An ode to Saul Bellow's The Adventures of Augie March for the National Book Foundation.
July 8, 2009
I read thirty Scandinavian crime novels and lived to tell the tale.
June 3, 2009
A new reading, with Samantha Hunt and Rachel Kushner, on June 22, at Housing Works. Also, this event at NYU on the 10th.
May 1, 2009
The new issue of Take the Handle is online. It's the Mysteries Issue. I contributed an investigation into the legendary King Rat and some of my other favorite New York mysteries.
March 20, 2009
US paperback of The Mayor's Tongue is published on April 7. There will be a couple of readings in Brooklyn and Newton, MA.
March 18, 2009
A piece about film noir and American crime in the new issue of Lapham's Quarterly.
March 5, 2009
Ragazzi: the Italian edition of The Mayor's Tongue--La Voce del Sindaco--is out today from Neri Pozza.
February 27, 2009
I am interviewed about Ren and Stimpy for Jaime Clarke's Talkshow feature in Fanzine.
February 23, 2009
A short story, "Trainchasers", appears in the new issue of Another Magazine.
February 20, 2009
I've contributed an afterword to Signet Classics' new edition of one of my favorite books: Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels.
December 23, 2008
The UK edition of The Mayor's Tongue will be published by Chatto & Windus on January 15, 2009.
November 8, 2008
A reading and interview on Chicago Public Radio.
October 26, 2008
I'm interviewed by Rick Kleffel on NPR's Morning Edition today.
October 18, 2008
An essay on Otto Preminger published in The New York Review of Books.
August 19, 2008
Lots more events scheduled. List on the Tour page.
August 2, 2008
An essay about my obsession with New York's public swimming pools in the Sunday City section of The New York Times.
July 30, 2008
A two-part interview with the excellent Rick Kleffel is up on his site, available as podcasts. Part 1 and Part 2.
July 21, 2008
The Philoctetes panel, on Place, Imagination, and Identity, in its entirety, on YouTube.
June 24, 2008
I'll be taking part in a conversation at the Philoctetes Center in New York on July 10.
June 10, 2008
A new reading announced, at Housing Works
, as well as a panel discussion at the Philoctetes Center. Also, in case you missed it, Stray Questions
April 16, 2008
We have just posted a cease & desist
letter, which we are
April 14, 2008
The site is almost working...
April 9, 2008
placement of apostrophes has the power to drive
April 9, 2008
Constance Eakins is on myspace
April 1, 2008
Tour dates have
been posted. For real. No April Fool's.
March 28, 2008
Amazon.com’s blog Omnivoracious is
ensnared by Constance Eakins. Also: Maud
Newton. Also: The