November, 2018

Trump Cleaners

My dad opens a dry cleaner in Trump Village, circa 1964. In the London Review of Books, a brief blog item.


October, 2018

Deborah Eisenberg Duck

I review Deborah Eisenberg's latest collection of short stories, "Your Duck is My Duck" in the Financial Times.


June, 2018

Who Will Speak for America

In Who Will Speak for America?, 44 writers attempt to make sense of and respond to our national crisis. My piece, "Three Days," addresses the wild acceleration of the news cycle, which has sown confusion, indifference and forgetfulness about the events of the immediate past. The book is published by Temple University Press, for the benefit of the Southern Poverty Law Center.


May, 2018

Darwin’s Ghosts

A preposterous, misguided novel. My review of Darwin's Ghosts in the New York Times.


February, 2018


In a new thriller from France, conspirators attempt to kill the "French Obama," the country's first Muslim candidate. I review Savages in the Financial Times.


October, 2017

Mihail Sebastian

The rhetoric is "idiotic," but "the point is to shake the country up a bit." I review For Two Thousand Years in the New York Times.


July, 2017

Thoreau review

A splendid new biography of Henry David Thoreau. My review for the Financial Times.


July, 2017

Flights review

"A thing in motion will always be better than a thing at rest." I review Olga Tokarczuk's Flights for the Financial Times


June, 2017

Il Cartello

Il Cartello asks me to draw some parallels between the current moment and the one in which I wrote A Disorder Peculiar to the Country.


April, 2017

Spaceman of Bohemia

I review a novel about the first Czech astronaut, Spaceman of Bohemia, for the Financial Times.


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