WRITING & PROJECTS

 

I'm a television writer who has spent thet last four years staffing widely and also creating THE CHAIR for Nettflix. The below is accurate but hasn't been updated for a long time. To get in touch, please email my representatives at William Morris Endeavor (TV) and Trident Media (fictiton and nonfiction).

 

 

I write nonfiction and criticism on many different subjects, including film and poetry. I'm a member of the National Book Critics Circle (and started reviewing for national publications when I was 19). Though I don't write much of it, my fiction has been honored by the White Review, Glimmertrain and Narrative. 

I edited and helped design McSweeney's Book Stories, a two-foot tall book — now weirdly a kind of collectors' edition-thing — to celebrate California Independent Bookstore Day in 2014. I also worked on a few other projects for that house, including collaborations with animators and illustrators including Jesse Benjamin, whose Punch-a-Nazi game is a lot of fun, and Jason Polan, whose shoes I recommend. 

Clips below; am generally happy to send pieces not online by email. 

"Mohammed Qutaish and a Paper Syria," Vice, January 2017

"The Language of Cinema: Myroslav Slaboshpytskyiy's The Tribe," Los Angeles Review of Books, Dec 2015

"Dallas and the Park Cities," City by City, n+1 / FSG, 2015

"Now Let Us All Laugh Together: A Schema of Transliterated Laughter," the Believer, Jan/Feb. 2015

"I Am Not an Uber," on Los Angeles's Uber drivers, nplusonemag.com, December 2014

"Cabinet of Wonder," a visit to New York City's Mmuseumm, The Paris Review Daily, November 2014 

"The Prestige Cartoon," review of Rick and MortyLos Angeles Review of Books, October 2014 

"What Kind of a Town Bans Books?" newyorker.com, September 2014 

"The Laughing Animal," review of Karen Joy Fowler, Public Books, March 2014

"A Glimpse of Unplumbed Depths," in Read Harder: The Best of the Believer 2. Believer Books, 2014. Audio rights sold to Audible.com, Fall 2016

The Unspeakable Girl, Giorgio Agamben. Co-translator, with Leland de la Durantaye. Seagull Books, 2014

"Scary No Scary," review of Zachary Schomberg, the Believer, 2013

"Against the Facts: Allan Petersen's Fragile Acts," Los Angeles Review of Books, 2012

"Travel is Everything," the Rumpus, 2010

"A Glimpse of Unplumbed Depths," the Believer, 2009 

"A Kaleidoscope Held to Turkey: Elif Shafak, Orhan Pamuk," San Francisco Chronicle, 2006

"On the Aristocrats," Threepenny Review, 2005.