Selected essays

White Hair, Don't Care, an essay about the timeless allure of white hair for T Magazine, November 2016

Choir, a letter of recommendation for The New York Times Magazine, October 2016

Acupuncture, a letter of recommendation for The New York Times Magazine, March 2016

Green-Eyed Verbs, an essay on writerly envy for The New York Times Book Review, January 2016

The F-Word: Fragment and the Futility of Genre Classification, a roundtable with Eula Biss and Maggie Nelson for Gulf Coast, September 2015

The Grand Shattering, an essay about the intersection of motherhood and artist-hood for Harper's, August 2015

Found Fiction, an essay about a rare antique book for The New York Times Book Review, March 2015

On Connection, an essay about getting the better of the publishing industry for Graywolf Press, March 2015

Mostly True, an essay about a diary for T Magazine, February 2015

Keeping Time, an excerpt from Ongoingness for Harper’s, December 2014

Ambition, an essay about writer’s block for Dazed & Confused, July 2014

Motherhood, an essay about sleep loss for Harper’s, August 2013

How to Have a Career, a set of instructions for writers for Medium, via FSG, June 2013

You’ll Love Her! She’s Crazy!, an essay about going to high school with Sylvia Plath for The New Yorker, February 2013

First Person, an excerpt from The Guardians for The Paris Review, February 2012

Believe It or Not!, an essay about Robert Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! for The Lit Pub, January 2012

Why I Sing, an essay about meeting Evgeny Kissin for A Public Space, Winter 2011

Woman Writer + Writer Mother, a double interview with Rachel Zucker for Candor, October 2009

Last Words, an essay about Martin Van Buren for Esquire, May 2008

Poison, an excerpt from The Two Kinds of Decay for The Believer, May 2008

The Cure, an excerpt from The Two Kinds of Decay for The New York Times Magazine, April 2008

Interview with Lydia Davis for The Believer, January 2008

Things I Realized in 2002, an essay about the illusion of personal growth for McSweeney’s, 2003

Nineteen Boys, an essay about desire for McSweeney’s, 2001