2016

On machine learning, artificial intelligence, and Google Brain (New York Times Magazine); on municipal broadband for public housing (Wired); on Rashad Robinson and Color of Change (Wired); on Baku (Virginia Quarterly Review); on the essays of Mark Greif (Bookforum); on travel and documentation (New York Times Magazine); on Hillary Clinton, the War of Ideas, and the 99 Percent: The Roosevelt Institute (New York Times Magazine); on Peter Thiel and Donald Trump (New York Times Magazine online); on the controversy over the work of Alice Goffman (New York Times Magazine); on a Japanese robot hotel (Wired); an interview with Tony Tulathimutte (LitHub); on the venture capital bubble (New York Times Magazine); "Germany" in The Wurst of Lucky Peach.

2015

On a Kickstarter fiasco (New York Times Magazine); on machine translation (New York Times Magazine); on a libertarian micronation (New York Times Magazine); on grand jury service [PDF] (Harper’s); on Politico in Europe (The Guardian); on the Tour de Mont Blanc (T Magazine); on Colm Tóibín [PDF] (New York Review of Books); on Paulo Nazareth (Frieze); interview with Joshua Cohen (The New Republic); on Tom McCarthy (Bookforum).

2014

On Christopher Nolan (New York Times Magazine); on Japanese hole-digging [PDF] (Harper’s); ‘No Exit,’ on entrepreneurial struggle (Wired); ‘No Exit,’ an extended version (Kindle Single); on Janet Malcom's collages (New York Review of Books Blog); on Teju Cole [PDF] (New York Review of Books); on autocorrect (Wired); on Georgian wedding toasts (Lucky Peach); on a DIY Orient Express (New York Times Travel); on Elena Ferrante (T Magazine); on a volcanic residency (T Magazine); recommending Olga Grjasnowa (Times Literary Supplement); Über das Übersetztwerden (Die Zeit, in German); on Japan's Three Scenic Views (Outside).

2013

On Japanese co-sleeping (Harper’s); on Philip Roth [PDF] (New York Review of Books); on Airbnb travel (T Magazine); on Janet Malcolm (Times Literary Supplement); on Evgeny Morozov & Tao Lin [PDF] (Harper’s); on Michael Clune (New Yorker.com); on The Lonely Crowd (New Yorker.com); on the Spanish Civil War (London Review of Books); 'City of Rumor,' a short chapbook on Berlin (Readux Books).

2012

On famous internet cats (Wired); on Tokyo cat cafes (Wired); on the Electric Daisy Carnival (GQ); on neuroscience (London Review of Books); on fact-checking (New York Times Magazine); on the Kalahari (Paper); on David Foster Wallace (Bookforum); on Sadakat Kadri (NPR).

2011

On David Levine (Threepenny Review); on Javier Cercas (n+1); on John Jeremiah Sullivan (New York Times Book Review); on Thomas Bernhard (n+1; published in German by Die Welt).

20072010

On the Prelinger Library [PDF] (Harper’s, 2007); on marijuana cultivation (Harper’s, 2009); on the Frankfurt Book Fair (Harper’s, 2009); on Richard Rorty (n+1, 2009); on Shop Class as Soulcraft (n+1, 2009); on Omer Fast (Tablet, 2008); on Wilhelm Reich (Tablet, 2008); on David Grann (Bookforum, 2009); on John Banville (Slate, 2007); on Louis Menand (Slate, 2010); on Reza Aslan (LA Times Book Review, 2009); on James Wood (LA Times Book Review, 2008); on Kevin Vennemann (Tablet, 2008); on Rimini Protokoll (Threepenny Review, 2008); on Thomas Bernhard (Threepenny Review, 2007); on Alexander Nehamas (New York Sun, 2007); on Martin Amis (San Francisco Chronicle, 2007).

<2007

On an MLA convention (The Believer, 2004); on a water-tasting competition (Oxford American, 2006); on Adam Phillips (New York Times Book Review, 2005); on nighttime (New York Times Book Review, 2005); on Geoff Dyer (Threepenny Review, 2006); on Chris Adrian (Bookforum, 2006); on Daniel Mendelsohn (The Nation, 2006); on Colson Whitehead (Washington Post, 2006); on Reading Lolita in Tehran (Slate, 2006); on Haruki Murakami (San Francisco Chronicle, 2005); on Tom Reiss (LA Times Book Review, 2005); on Dean Young (Threepenny Review, 2005); on David Remnick (San Francisco Chronicle, 2006); on Joan Didion (LA Times Book Review, 2005); on Garret Keizer (San Francisco Chronicle, 2004).