Essays & Reviews

Selected Essays

"The Neoliberal Arts"

Education in the age of Reaganism. Harper's, September 2015.

"The Death of the Artist—And the Birth of the Creative Entrepreneur"

A new paradigm for the arts. The Atlantic, January/February 2015.

"The End of Solitude"

Thoreau weeps. The Chronicle of Higher Education, January 26, 2009.

"Solitude and Leadership"

An address to the plebe class at West Point. The American Scholar, Spring 2010.

"Generation Sell"

The culture of the Millennial generation, and everybody else. New York Times Sunday Review, November 13, 2011.

Selected Reviews

"In Defense of Facts"

John D'Agata, A New History of the Essay. The Atlantic, January/February 2017.

"Where Have You Gone, Annie Dillard?"

Annie Dillard, The Abundance. The Atlantic, March 2016.

"Their Struggle"

Elena Ferrante, The Neapolitan NovelsThe Nation, October 12, 2015.

"Controlled Rapture"

Adam Begley, Updike. The New Republic, September 15, 2014.


Karl Ove Knausgaard, My Struggle, Vols 1-3. The Nation, June 2, 2014.