Writing

“The Book Club” published by The Paris Review

“Winston Churchill, Man of Style” published by The Paris Review

Punk Love published by The Paris Review

See No Evil” published by The Paris Review

Don’t You Forget About Me“ published by The Paris Review

“Where Daisy Buchanan Lived” published by The Paris Review

“Edith Wharton by Design” published by The Paris Review

"Sex, Drugs, and Bestsellers: The Legend of the Literary Brat Pack" published by Harper's Bazaar

"Finding My Florida" published by The New York Times

"Tracing F. Scott Fitzgerald's Minnesota Roots" published by The New York Times

“The Barista’s Curse” published by The New York Times

"In Praise of the Chicago Style Hot Dog" published by Serious Eats

"Why Everyone In Chicago Has An Opinion About Portillo's" published by Bon Appetit

"The Unrecognizable Genius of Guy Fieri" published by Esquire

On Nora Ephron for the L.A. Times

"How to Open a Restaurant When You’re Bill Murray’s Kid — and Make Sure Everyone Takes You Seriously" for Grub Street 

"Devo's Mark Mothersbaugh on Growing Up Blind, Carving Ruby Turds" published by Rolling Stone

"Pavement's Bob Nastanovich Recalls His Epic Indie-Rock Kentucky Derby Bashes" published by Rolling Stone

"Chicago Cubs and the Last Days of Old, Weird Wrigleyville" publisher by Rolling Stone

"How the Chicago Cubs Became America's Team With Epic World Series Win" published by Rolling Stone

"Leonard Fournette's NFL Draft Journey" published by Rolling Stone

"Eating Our Way Through Frankel’s, the New Jewish Deli from Brooklyn's Music Elite" published by Pitchfork

"An Ode to Chicago’s Empty Bottle, the Last Great Indie Rock Dive Bar Standing" published by Pitchfork 

"Sunday Review: Fugazi's In on The Kill Taker" published by Pitchfork 

Punk Documentary ‘The Decline of Western Civilization’ Gets the Rerelease It Deserves” published by Vice

Interview with Ta-Nehisi Coates for the National Book Foundation

"Buffy The Vampire Slayer: A Show About Outsiders, for Outsiders" published by Pacific Standard

Seth Cohen is My Spirit Animal“ published by Vulture

Jon Cryer on Duckie, That Mr. Show Cameo, and His Next Move After Two and a Half Men“ published by Vulture 

"Learning the Art of the Mixtape From Its Unsung Master, John Hughes" published by The Village Voice

"How Home Alone Ruined John Hughes" published by The Atlantic

“I Love Fiddler on the Roof. So I Decided to Live It” published by McSweeney’s

"Phantom Menace: Rereading Turn of the Screw Every Fall" published by Literary Hub

"Why Do Cats Love Bookstores?" published by Literary Hub

"In Search of Luke's Diner" published by Extra Crispy 

"The State of the Chicago Doughnut" published by Extra Crispy

Exploring Iggy Pop’s Miami published by Men’s Journal

"How Bill Murray Sparked the Japanese Whisky Boom" published by Men's Journal

"What Marcus Samuelsson Cooks When He's at Home" published by Men's Journal

"National Parks and Chill: Learning to Meditate at Joshua Tree" published by Men's Journal

A Conversation With Ken Burns” published by Men’s Journal

A Culinary Tour of Anguilla, the Caribbean’s Most Food-Friendly Island” published by Men’s Journal

The Greatest Hockey Team Ever: An Interview With Gabe Polsky“ published by Men’s Journal

The Evolution of Air Jordans” published by Men’s Journal  

My Life as a Magnolia Bakery Cupcake Bouncer“ published by The Billfold 

"I'll Have the Pierogis" published by Good Beer Hunting 

On "Sink, Florida, Sink" by Against Me!, published by Brooklyn Magazine 

“Northern Souls” published by Midnight Breakfast 

“Your Dystopia Was Fab” published by Midnight Breakfast 

"Old Money / New Money: How Edith Wharton and the Kardashian clan might have more in common than meets the eye" published by Guernica 

"How Literature Smells: Scent in Tanwi Nandini Islam’s Bright Lines" published by Electric Literature 

How to Build a Novel About a Teen: On Caitlin Moran’s How to Build a Girl” published by Electric Literature 

What Fiction Writers Can Learn from Comedy“ published by Electric Literature

Exit Roth: What Will Happen to Jewish Fiction Now That Philip Roth Has Called It Quits?“ published by the New York Observer

“Someone to Watch Over Me: Hungary’s Greatest Novelist Trades In Opression for Perfection”Published by the New York Observer

Start a Revolution: A Visit to Grandma’s Turns Political in Orhan Pamuk’s Newly Translated Second Novel“ published by the New York Observer

Blameless and Upright, but Not That Good: Elie Wiesel Is a Better Spokesman Than Writer” published by the New York Observer

Sweet Home Chicago! ‘The Third Coast’ and What Makes the Windy City Great, Flaws and All“ published by the New York Observe

Perfume Genius: D.S. & Durga’s David Moltz on the History and Philosophy of Scent” published by Flavorwire

Wes Anderson’s ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ Promises to Make Americans Rediscover the Books of Stefan Zweig“ published by Flavorwire 

The Grateful Dead Are History’s Most Misunderstood Punk Band” published by Flavorwire 

How ‘Office Space’ Influenced the Way an Entire Generation Thought About Work“ published by Flavorwire 

Masha Gessen on Telling Pussy Riot’s Story and Russia’s War on Gays” published by Flavorwire 

1984: The Year Prince, The Replacements, and Hüsker Dü Made Minneapolis the Center of the Music Worldpublished by Flavorwire

Gary Shteyngart on Little Failure, Telling His Own Story, and Balancing Sadness With Humor” published by Flavorwire 

Boy, Snow, Bird Author Helen Oyeyemi on Fairy Tales and Feminists With Flawless Prose”published by Flavorwire 

Is Comedic Literature Making a Comeback?“ published by Flavorwire

“Will Americans Ever Appreciate Max Beerbohm’s Very English Dandy Wit?” published by Flavorwire 

“‘Go the Fuck to Sleep’ Author Adam Mansbach on His New Novel and What’s in a Title” published by Flavorwire

The Rise of the Artisanal Magazine“ published by Flavorwire

The Art of Billy Childish” published by Flavorwire

The Unlikely, Belated Year of Renata Adler“ published by Flavorwire

Glenn O’Brien’s ‘The Cool School’ and the Futility of Defining Coolness” published by Flavorwire

How ‘Undisputed Truth’ Helped Me Understand My Childhood Hero, Mike Tyson“ published by Flavorwire

Reactions To Matthew Barney’s Work” published by Flavorwire

Adam Sternbergh on Bridging Dystopian Fiction and Harboiled Noir in Shovel Ready“ published by Flavorwire 

Consider the Poodle” published by Lapham’s Quarterly

They Called Him Seargent Stubby“ published by Lapham’s Quarterly

An Essay On A Book About Duck Boots“ published by Vol. 1 Brooklyn

Poetry and Punks on The Bowery: Richard Hell’s “I Dreamed I was a Very Clean Tramp” Reviewed” published by Vol. 1 Brooklyn

An Intellectual’s Family Situation: Marco Roth’s “The Scientists” Reviewed“ published by Vol. 1 Brooklyn

The Old Oxford: Downton Abbey, Gatsby, Don Draper, and Costuming Drama“ published by Vol. 1 Brooklyn

Reviewed: The Wilshire Sun by Joshua Baldwin” published by Vol. 1 Brooklyn

Band Booking: Jonathan Meiburg Of Shearwater“ published by Vol. 1 Brooklyn 

Band Booking: Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth” published by Vol. 1 Brooklyn

Neighbors With Eudora Welty and Signed Tennis Shirts: Band Booking With Dent May“ published by Vol. 1 Brooklyn

The Old Oxford: The Lady in the Suit” published by Vol. 1 Brooklyn 

I Love a Man in Uniform: The Rise of Military Industrial Complex Chic“ published by Hazlitt

“Hardcore and Oysters on the Lower East Side” published by Hazlitt 

"Punk Rock Comedy in a Late Night Suit" published by Hazlitt 

From Jukeboxes to YouTube: How Billboard Is Catching Up With The Times“ published by The New Republic

"Magic Mountains" published by The New Republic

David Rakoff and the Voice of God” published by The Forward

Murderers Row Pays Tribute to Jewish Athletes: Famed Jewish Scribes Give Take on Heroes in New Book“ published by The Forward

A Son’s Journey Deep Into the Heart of Saul Bellow” published by The Forward

Jewish Novels of Jewish Hollywood“ published by The Forward

A Family Affair: A Thinking Person’s Guide to Cult Rock” published by The Rumpus 

Photocopied and Stapled“ published by The Rumpus

Jay Reatard, Wild Man With a Vision” published by The Rumpus

Nathan Englander profile published by Capital New York

Xray Eyeballs profile published by Capital New York

On Woody Allen and Dick Cavett at 92Y published by Capital New York

On Zadie Smith and Michael Chabon at 92Y published by Capital New York 

On the theatrical adaptation of Jonathan Franzen’s “The Discomfort Zone” published by Politico

On F.I.T.’s “Ivy Stle” exhibit published by Politico 

Northwestern Exposure: Tracing The Birth Of ‘Punk“ published by NPR

Flame Alphabet by Ben Marcus: Are Your Kids Making You Sick?” published by NPR 

"The Slapstick legacy After 20 Years" published by Impose 

3Ds and your Kiwi Rock dreams“ published by Impose

"How a Resurrection Still Feels: 10 Years of The Hold Steady's Separation Sunday" published by Impose

I went to Steve Reich’s birthday party” published by Impose

Interview with Lisa Birnbach, author of The Official Preppy Handbook and True Prep published by Jewcy

A Tale of Two Tennis Shirts“ published by The Awl

“Drinking Alone” published by The Awl

“Consider the Urban Woodsman” published by The Awl

Review of Life Goes On by Hans Keilson published by Bookforum

 Review of Michael Hainey’s After Visiting Friends published by Bookforum

Plaid and Canvas: Hudson Bay Blankets“ published by Outside

Drinking Through a Disaster” published by Outside

Plaid and Canvas: The Queen of the Hunt“ published by Outside

Plaid and Canvas: The Allure of Fishing Lures” published by Outside

Plaid and Canvas: Requiem for the Station Wagon“ published by Outside

Audubon’s Birds of America“ published by Outside

Tea Baggin’ With Skynard” published by Vice

Nudie Cohn: Country Music’s Sparkle King“ published by Tablet 

School Ties: How Jewish tailors helped create Ivy Style” published by Tablet.

“Great Sax in the 1980s” published in the October, 2012 issue of The Believer

"Stay Hungry" included in the collection Never Can Say Goodbye: Writers on Their Unshakable Love for New York

"The Secretary" included in the collection Crush: Writers Reflect on Love, Longing, and the Lasting Power of Their First Celebrity Crush

Video of me interviewing Jessica Hopper, Geoff Dyer, and Margo Jefferson at the “Critic as Creator” panel at the 2015 Brooklyn Book Festival