Criminals: My Family's Life on Both Sides of the Law

All Will Be Revealed

All the Money in the World


Writing on the Web


“Writing Instructions for Non-Native Speakers,” The Normal School Online, April 26, 2019

"My Father, the Lawyer for the Hells Angels," Electric Literature, July 19, 2018

"How Someone Else's Writers Block Helped Me Write My Novel," Lithub, July 17, 2018

"Choke," Epiphany, July 12, 2018

"Homesteaders," Ascent, June 29, 2018

"My Mother, My Writing Student," in The New York Times Draft Column, June 21, 2014. Reprinted in the print edition, June 22, 2014.

"Unreliable Tour Guide," Ploughshares, Winter 2013.

“Kawabata Yasunari: The Breeze in the Ink Painting,” Ploughshares, Fall 2013. 

"Three Notes on Jesus' Son," Treehouse, May 2012.

“Haiku for an Ailing Father,” Los Angeles Times Book Review: Off the Shelf, July 2009.

 “The Sword, the Light and the Nintendo DS,” with Karen E. Bender, Tablet, December 2007.


Articles, Reviews, Interviews

“The Ethics of Memoir: An Author Interviews His Mother,” The Harvard Review Online, July 12, 2019

“An Interview with Johannes Lichtman,” Scoundrel Time, June 18, 2019

An Interview with Roxana Robinson,” Scoundrel Time, May 14, 2019

“An Interview with Xu Xi,” Scoundrel Time, April 2, 2019

"Why I Take Fake Pills," Smithsonian Magazine, May 2017 (Click here for my interview on placebo with NPR)

"A God Who Let Us Prove His Existence Would Be An Idol: Archie Rand, 'The 613,' and the Slippery, Vexing, Kafkaesque Problem Of the Jewish Visual Imagination," The Los Angeles Review of Books, September 19, 2016

“Billy Childish: I Just Paint,” The Paris Review Daily, September 14, 2015

"I Think I Would Rather Be a Painter," The Paris Review Daily, August 10, 2015

"Vermeer in Manhattan," The Paris Review Daily, August 3, 2015

"Enigmatic Interiors: On Love, Death, Divorce, and Michael White’s New Travels in Vermeer,” Los Angeles Review of Books, June 2015

"Terayama Shuji's The Crimson Thread of Abandon," Three Percent, May 20, 2015

"Yan Lianke's The Four Books," The Rumpus, April 2015

"Bookforum Talks with Yan Lianke," Bookforum, December 2013

"Bookforum Talks with Karen E. Bender," Bookforum, September 2013

"Bookforum Talks with Peter Trachtenberg," Bookforum, August 2013

 “Syllabus: Unfinished Novels,” Bookforum, August 2013

"The Question Floating Between Us: The Lovely Indeterminacies of Yôko Ogawa,” The Los Angeles Review of Books, June 9, 2013 


"Last Words," Scoundrel Time, January 2018

“What the American Public Wants,” PANK Online, July 2010.

“Eulogy,” Five Chapters, Summer 2007.

“The Magic Box,” Post Road 11, Fall 2005.


Work In Anthologies 

"The Right Imaginary Person,” in The O. Henry Prize Anthology 2014, Laura Furman, ed. New York:

Anchor Books, 2014

“Why She Stole It,” in Now Write: Fiction Writing Exercises From Today’s Best Writers and Teachers.

Sherry Ellis, ed. New York: Tarcher/ Penguin, 2006.

“Flight,” in Full Frontal Fiction: The Best of Nerve. Jack Murnighan, ed. New York:

Three Rivers Press, 2000.

“Ode to My Backyard,” 27 Views of Wilmington: The Port City in Prose and Poetry,

Hillsborough, NC: Eno Publishing, 2015

“Sean,” in Pushcart Prize XXXVI: Best of the Small Presses, Bill Henderson, ed. New York:

Pushcart Press, 2012.

“Sean,” in Freud’s Blind Spot23 Original Essays on Cherished, Estranged, Lost, Hurtful,

Hopeful, Complicated SiblingsElisa Albert, ed. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2010.

“The Sword, the Light and the Nintendo DS,” with Karen E. Bender, in How To Spell Chanukah:

18 Writers on 8 Nights of LightEmily Franklin, ed. Chapel Hill: Algonquin Books, 2007.

I Talk About Writing

With Douglas Jackson, Book City Roanoke, November 2, 2018

With Matt Katz, Midday on WNYC, July 19, 2018

With Lily McLemore, Book Page, July 17, 2018

With Mary Louise Kelly, NPR Weekend Edition Saturday, April 22, 2017

At the Iowa Summer Writing Festival, an 11th Hour Talk on Flash Fiction, June 18, 2012