“Essentials of Acceleration” in The Missouri Review. This story became the basis for my second novel, Rules for Visiting.
“How to Become a Publicist” in The Missouri Review.
“American Lawn” in A Public Space.
“The Inquiry,” an excerpt from my first novel, The Report, in the Virginia Quarterly Review.
In Real Simple, I wrote about the importance of giving up perfection when having people over and the best host I’ve ever known (July 2019 issue, not available online).
“The Allure of a Strong Friendship” for the New York Times Op-Ed page (June 2019).
For Lit Hub, an essay on life, writing, and metaphors: “When to Write it, When to Walk Away” (May 2019)
For McSweeney’s, the story behind the story of my new novel, Rules for Visiting: “Amanda Davis, Super Friend” (May 2019)
I wrote about trees that have been important to me for Flower Magazine (March 2019).
I wrote about my family’s history on St. Thomas for the New York Times Travel section (March 2019).
“My Mother, Smoking,” an essay, in Salon.
I wrote about a troubling aspect of Kavanaugh’s Senate confirmation hearings for Slate.
“The Merits of Making Do,” an essay about where we write, in The Millions.
An archive of all the essays and humor pieces I’ve written for The Morning News, where I’ve been a contributing writer since 2004.
An archive of the humor pieces I’ve contributed to McSweeney’s Internet Tendency.