To the Man in My Grandfather's Shirt
Off Assignment, 2017
Recurring Dog & Rare Thing
(9 Years, 13 Dreams)
The Collagist, 2017
Trump Dads: A Confession
The Rumpus, 2016
On Not Eating the Marshmallow
The Kenyon Review, 2016
Story Magazine, 2016
Home of the Harlequin Ladybird
Tin House, 2016
Parcel Magazine, 2016
The New Oxford American Tells a Story
Crossing Brooklyn Bridge
The Nashville Review, 2015
Are You My Mother?: An Unfaithful Imitation
The Seneca Review, 2014
Not Weird About Brooklyn
The Paris Review Daily, 2013
It seemed typical of New York that the person to answer the ad at last would be someone of my precise demographic, as if the posting's imagery and syntax could communicate only with people exactly like me.
Reprinted in The Best Women's Travel Writing Vol. 9
The Creepy Taxi Cab Ride I'll Never Forget
"Take a break with me."
The Good Fortune of Hurricane Katrina
Bygone Bureau, 2011
Fallacy in Puffy Paint, c. 1992
Electric Literature, 2010
CRITICISM & OPINION
Practice Imagining Change: A Workshop Manifesto
Poets & Writers, 2018
I am convinced that we can teach creative writing without the language of failure or success, criticism or praise, and that doing so will help us avoid reproducing systemic oppressions, damaging students psychologically, and stunting creative work.
Not Another Holocaust Book
Jewish Currents, 2018
A Non-Mother's Hunger for the Writing of Motherhood
Los Angeles Review of Books, 2018
Is There Something Queer About Being Single?
The New York Times, 2017
Loneliness dissipates when you find comfort and pleasure in your own company.
La soledad se disipa cuando encuentras comodidad y placer en tu propia compañía.
The Red & the Green
The Forward, 2016
A Response to Jamie Zvirzdin's
"Observations of a Science Editor"
The Kenyon Review blog, 2016
Against Clichés Against Clichés: A Manifesto
The Millions, 2016
When Plagiarism Is a Plea for Help
The Chronicle of Higher Education, 2016
In Search of Authenticity
Auschwitz Jewish Center Fellows Journal, 2015
Don't Eat This Marshmallow:
Cooling the Fever for Self-Control
Los Angeles Review of Books, 2014
On the Pleasurable Pain of "The Pain Scale"
& "1001 Contemporary Ballets": an Audience Performance
We Might As Well Call It the Lyric Essay, 2014
Instability & the Essay
Essay Daily, 2013
Won't You Be My Wireless Neighbor?
The New York Times, 2011
To belkin54g, Cooley and, above all, to the blessed Belkin_G-Plus_MIMO of Ditmas Park, for the ability to speedily reply to student e-mails, video-chat with my sister, keep abreast of the latest literary hoo-ha, “like” as many of my friends’ Facebook posts as I liked and learn all about lentil-sprouting or Prometheus whenever the mood struck: Thank you.