The Man Who Saw a Ghost
Open Shelves, Secret Agreements
New Work / News
Just Another Birthday Party with the Folks
Prisoner & Eunuch
Her eyes have seen it all
Belle and Sebastian
Bonzo Dog Band
George Roy Hill
hunter s. thompson
Jesus Christ Superstar
Jorge Luis Borges
Leopold and Loeb
At Critics at Large: my review of The Leopold and Loeb Files, concerning a crime that after nearly a century will not let us go.
At Critics at Large: my review of Michelle Dean's Sharp, concerning ten woman writers "who made an art of having an opinion."
Coming from Cambridgeport
At Critics at Large: my review of Ryan H. Walsh’s Astral Weeks, concerning Van Morrison, the Lyman cult, and everything weird and...
My review of the controversial Jann Wenner biography, concerning “the baby-boomer visionary whose singular will to power, rakish...
The mist of other songs
Today at Critics at Large, my review of Nicholas Jennings's Lightfoot, concerning the balladeer who maintained just the right emotional...
Wicked and bristling with dots
My review of David Thomson’s Television: A Biography, concerning the medium described by Norman Mailer as “a small and modest malignancy,...
The mystery of genius
My review of Mary V. Dearborn's Ernest Hemingway: A Biography, concerning perhaps the greatest American writer of the 20th century.
Obscure and beautiful facts
At Critics at Large: my review of Paul La Farge's new novel, The Night Ocean, concerning H.P. Lovecraft, pseudocide, and the stories that...
"A strange and distasteful project"
At Critics at Large, my review of Gay Talese’s The Voyeur’s Motel, concerning a curious (in both senses) Colorado gentleman who spied on...
Things went down
At Critics at Large, my review of Joel Selvin’s Altamont, concerning the worst day in the history of a certain speedway.