Selected Writing

YA Grows Up: Teen Protagonists Step into Adulthood,” School Library Journal, April 2021
Reported print magazine feature on crossover YA books

Five Years Later: On the Enduring Legacy of All American Boys,” LitHub, September 2020
Article examining what’s changed and what hasn’t since the publication of All American Boys

Two Suicidal Teens, Four Possible Paths,” New York Times Book Review, September 2020
Review of Bill Konigsberg’s The Bridge

Rereading the Master of ‘Dying Teen’ Lit,” LitHub, December 2019
Essay about my childhood obsession with Lurlene McDaniel books and the cultural appeal of “sick lit”

Middle Grade Is Too Young, YA Too Old. Where Are the Just-Right Books for Tweens?,” School Library Journal, November 2019
Reported print magazine cover story about the need for books that fit tweens and young teens

Why Aren’t Female Celebrities Writing More Novels?,” Slate, September 2019
Essay considering why famous men write fiction and famous women recommend it

Losing My Religion at Christian Camp,” Longreads, August 2019
Essay about the way my decade at Christian summer camp both shaped and condemned my views of faith and girlhood

Amber Tamblyn Wants You to Call Her Out,” Electric Literature, March 2019
Interview with Amber Tamblyn on intersectional feminism, problematic entertainment, and going public with her #MeToo stories

Sam Lipsyte Doesn’t Have the Energy to Be A Guru,” Electric Literature, February 2019
Interview with author Sam Lipsyte about guru culture and marketing wellness

Elizabeth McCracken’s ‘Bowlaway’ Is a Charming, Quirky Family Saga About Love and Bowling,” Electric Literature, February 2019
Interview with author Elizabeth McCracken

This Book and Podcast Examine How We Consume Stories About Dead Girls,” Electric Literature, September 2018
Reported essay on crime novel

Amanda Stern on Living with Anxiety in an Increasingly Scary World,” Electric Literature, August 2018
Interview with writer Amanda Stern

Who Agrees That Swimming in the Ocean is Scary?,” Catapult, July 2018
Essay about fear, aging, and the beach

‘Hey Ladies!’ Is An Utterly Relatable Parody Book That Hilariously Spoofs All Those Wild Group Emails With Your Girlfriends,” Bustle, May 2018
Article on Hey Ladies!, female friendships, and the ways we communicate online

The Beautiful Nobody,” Los Angeles Review of Books, March 2018
Longform critical essay about the podcast Beautiful/Anonymous

Interview with 2018 NBCC Criticism Award Finalist Carina Chocano,” Brooklyn Magazine, March 2018
Interview with film/TV critic about You Play the Girl and representations of women in pop culture

Truly, Brutally Alive: An Interview with Michael Parker,”, January 2018
Interview with flash fiction writer

Festive Fifty 2017,” Contrast Podcast, December 2017
A year-end music list; I discuss Kesha’s “Bastards” (#42), HAIM’s “Want You Back” (#35), and Jens Lekman’s “How We Met, The Long Version” (#32) and “To Know Your Mission” (#8)

Before ‘The Disaster Artist’ Became A Film, It Was A Book About Two Men’s Friendship & The Worst Movie Ever Made,” Bustle, December 2017
Article on The Disaster Artist book and film, including interview with author Tom Bissell

Author Robin Benway Was Rejected From Every MFA Program She Applied To — Now She’s A National Book Award Finalist,” Bustle, November 2017
Profile of National Book Award winner

Home is Here,” The Rumpus, July 2017
Longform reported piece on the lives of four American Muslim women

How to Fall in Love with a Love Story,” Los Angeles Review of Books blog, June 2017
Book review of How to Fall in Love with Anyone, focusing on the false love stories we tell

In Praise of an Ordinary Life,” Los Angeles Review of Books blog, March 2017
Book review essay about Amy Krouse Rosenthal, minutia, and boring lives

KJ Keep Playing that Song: A Seven-Day Journey through Brooklyn’s Karaoke Bars,” Brokelyn, May 2016
A project in which I visited 9 karaoke bars in 10 days

Unattainable Love,” Lost magazine, February 2011
Personal essay about love and change

Andy Summers,” Death + Taxes magazine, May/June 2007
Print profile of Police guitarist Andy Summers