Criminals: Essays

Forthcoming from Counterpoint Press in July 2018.


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All the Money in the World

Early in this novel, there is a wonderful scene—rich with embarrassment—in which Louis Glasser, the altogether unlikely hero, helps his Harvard-educated son buy a new suit. The son’s fortunes founder, but that’s nothing compared to the perils that overwhelm his father—a lawyer who operates on the margins and becomes the target of a criminal investigation. Siegel’s … portraits (loving and otherwise) of the Glassers, New York prosecutors, and various lowlifes are right on the money. --The New Yorker

Full of richly drawn characters and jolting plot twists—Glasser’s time behind bars is especially chilling—Siegel’s debut novel works both as a parable of how quickly the high and mighty can fall, and as gripping drama. “Money” well spent. --New York Post

All Will Be Revealed

A photographer who refuses to see people as anything more than the raw material for pictures. A spirit medium who has come to doubt the reality of her conversations with the dead. A deceased polar explorer who cannot quite bring himself to regret the journey that killed him. A disappointed lover who trains a performing bear to read minds. These are the characters that people the novel All Will Be Revealed.

Set in New York City at the close of the 19th century, All Will Be Revealed explores the hidden connections between three Gilded Age obsessions: photography, Spiritualism and Arctic exploration. In doing so, it threads its way among a series of dualities: spirit and flesh, imagination and reality, the human need for connection and the fear of losing oneself in the other.

...Well-turned and elegant... gloriously complex. --Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Siegel is skillfull at incorporating into his narrative many fascinating details about photography and spiritualism... he draws readers into the emotional lives of two stunted people who exploit others' vulnerabilities while failing to understand their own. This well-crafted novel offers both an unusual plotline and richly atmospheric settings. --Booklist

Video: Reading AWBR at Authors@Google Series 


Writing on the Web


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

Eulogy,” Five Chapters, Summer 2007.

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



"Night in Taiwan," Fourth River, November 2, 2016

"Criminals," The Paris Review, Fall 2015 (listed as a Notable Essay in the 2016 edition of Best American Essays)

"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

"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


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.