On Nicholson Baker’s ‘Traveling Sprinkler’ / SF Chronicle


I got lucky and was given some space in the San Francisco Chronicle to write about one of my favorite authors. I loved Nicholson Baker’s Traveling Sprinkler.

The Rescue CEO / McSweeney’s


Here’s another humor piece I wrote for McSweeney’s awhile back, but never posted on this rarely updated website of mine. Impressively, I haven’t even come up with a new graphic!

On ‘The Sugar Frosted Nutsack’ by Mark Leyner

Mark Leyner—he of writing incessantly about “Mark Leyner”—just published his first novel of the century. I wrote about it here for the San Francisco Chronicle.

Presidential Stump Speech, 2052 (for McSweeney’s)

I speechwrote a presidential stump speech from the future for McSweeney’s.

On Baudrillard and LA — GOOD 023

Jean Baudrillard’s steel-framed glasses really are perfect, no? Here’s my essay on JB and LA in the new issue of GOOD.

Assorted pieces

I wrote about my bizarre 5th grade teacher, a violent 1960s young adult novel, and a long-lost Canadian author for the January 09 issue of The Believer:

A Certain Kind of Murder

For The Believer's January 11 issue, I thought about the sublime weirdness of the recent Kindle and iPad ereader ads. ”How are the Kindles surviving underwater?” was one thing I wondered. Also: “What's with all the Ted Kennedy?”

The Depthless Bookshelf

I used to write a lot of book reviews for The Village Voice. Here’s one, on Jonathan Franzen’s book of essays, The Discomfort Zone, published roughly at the midpoint between The Corrections and Freedom:

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Smartypants

Last year, I wrote a weekly column for GOOD online. Here are two pieces from that group—on a movie theater on the Dardanelles that plays a loop of what’s happening outside:

A Visual Epic of Ultra-Recent History

… and on Christian Müller’s underground house in Switzerland, Villa Vals:

Build the House in the Hill

Finally, because everyone loves a footnoted think piece, here’s a footnoted think piece, vaguely on Nicholson Baker, Vladimir Nabokov, the San Francisco Public Library, and parking meters, from Flatmancrooked:

The Real Cost of Books, Footnoted

And you can find many more published pieces here.