The Believer

"Tell Me What to Do" - on homesteading pioneers Scott & Helen Nearing 

New York Times Magazine

"Letter of Recommendation: The 'Death in...' Books" - on morbidly sublime stories about death in national parks

Oxford American

"That Drifting Place" - on Roy Orbison's glasses


"The Fault" - on Gary Gilmore, Norman Mailer, and astrology


"The Cat Psychic" - on animal communication and the problem of separate minds

"We Can Only Do Our Poetry Because We Are Also Fighting Back" - an interview with China Miéville

"You Cannot Walk Out of Loss, But You Can Walk Into Beauty" - an interview with Anna Badkhen

New York Times

"My Backseat View of a Great Romance" - a Modern Love column on a Moroccan taxi cab romance


"Keeping Up with Jones" - a review of Jeff Guinn's biography of Jim Jones

"Blood Relations" - a review of Emma Cline's Chales Manson-inspired novel The Girls

The Awl

"Killer Crush" - on the horror of teen girl crushes, from Columbiners to Beliebers

"Drive Not Ride" - on motorcycles and heartbreak

"Apocalypse Tourism" - on deserts, tourists, and end-of-the-world feelings

"All My Friends Are in My Head" - on tulpas, Reddit, and imaginary friends

"House Ghosts" - on AIDS, gentrification, and haunted houses

"The Only Way Left to Be Radical in America" - on the awesomeness of old ladies

"Fire Bugs" - on firefighters who set things on fire

Los Angeles Review of Books

"Memory Wound" - on Anders Brevik and the massacre on Utoya

One of LARB's most read stories of the year

"Common Ground" - a review of Brenda Stevenson's The Contested Murder of Latasha Harlins

picked for Electric Literature's Critical Hit Award by Emily St. John Mandel

"Death Stories" - a review of Deborah Halber's The Skeleton Crew: How Amateur Sleuths Are Solving America's Coldest Cases

"The Sprit Is Willing" - a review of Colin Dickey's Ghostland

The Rumpus

"Fire School" - on heroes, emergencies, and 10-foot flames

Tin House

"Lost & Found: On May Sarton's The House by the Sea" - on living alone

Cluster Mag/Salon

"Working in a Moneyless World" - on Twin Oaks, a Virginia commune



ALSO in some cool things that you can only get IRL: Hallways of Always; Desert Oracle; Summer Forum/Dilettante; Marfa Myths 2016 zine