“In Search of ‘Desiderata’: The tangles story of a most famous poem,” Poetry Foundation, October 2015.
“Straddling the Working Class Memoir,” in Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies, Fall 2015 issue.
“In Defense of Vaguebooking,” BuzzFeed, June 3, 2015. Only my real friends will understand what I mean in this essay.
“The Long Good Friday,” memoir on my playing Jesus at Good Friday mass, on Medium’s Human Parts, April 2015.
“Acknowledge history, good and bad,” op-ed on proposed memorial on the spot where Martin Luther King, Jr. was thrown out of bar in my hometown of Maple Shade, NJ, Courier-Post, January 27, 2015.
“Type hard or go home: in praise of the clicky keyboard,” Passages North’s “Writers on Writing” feature, January 20, 2015.
“Why professors love to complain,” Gawker, September 8, 2014.
“A flag stirs feelings of uncertainty,” Albany Times Union, June 13, 2014.
“A Country’s Width,” The Morning News, May 2014.
“The Sound of Philadelphia Fades Out,” The New York Times, March 2014.
“Moby Cock; Or, The Term Paper,” The Nervous Breakdown, June 2013.
“Open Mic Annoucements,” Kugelmass: A Journal of Literary Humor, blog feature, May 2013.
“On Having Small Hands and Feet,” Kugelmass: A Journal of Literary Humor, Issue #2, 2012.
“An Apprentice’s Tale,” Coming Close: Poets Pay Tribute to Philip Levine as Teacher and Mentor. Edited by Mari L’Esperance and Tomas Q. Morin. Prairie Lights Books/University of Iowa Press, 2013.
“Be True to Your School,” on the right-leaning politics of the Beach Boys, New York Times, July 3, 2012.
“Maple Shade,” meditation on my hometown of Maple Shade, NJ, an adaptation from the new memoir, n+1 website as part of their City by City feature, May 2012.
“Still Moving,” interview with documentary producer-director Ron Mann on his 1982 film, Poetry in Motion, Poetry Foundation, April 2012.
Interview with poet and nonfiction writer Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz, Stated, April 2012.
“On Having Small Hands and Feet,” Kugelmass: A Journal of Literary Humor, Issue #2, March 2012.
“I, Literary Tourist: Wiffle ball and scones at the poetry bed and breakfast,” Poetry Foundation, January 2012.
“Of Online Anger, Puppies, and Ice Cream,” piece about the ill-fated Times Union blog and the comment-tards who regularly visited there, for Creative Nonfiction‘s Anger issue, Winter/Spring issue, February 2012, #43.
“Love of My Life,” essay marking the twentieth anniversary of Freddie Mercury’s death, The Rumpus, November 2011.
“Late Night Thoughts on My Dead Thyroid,” Defunct: A Literary Repository for the Ages, Volume 2, Issue 2, November 2011.
“When You’re Strange,” essay that asks the question, “Should we consider Jim Morrison, rock’s Bozo Dionysus, a real poet?” Poetry Foundation, October 2011. Reprinted in Huffington Post as “When You’re Strange: Jim Morrison, Great American Poet?”
“The Dative Case,” memoir piece from upcoming memoir, Free Range Nonfiction’s Freshly Hatched feature, September 2011.
“The Writer is Present,” first piece to come out of The Memoir Office project, Painted Bride Quarterly, Issue #84, July 2011.
“Defenders of the Faith,” piece on Judas Priestess, the all-female tribute to Judas Priest, as well as on tributes in general, The Morning News, July 1, 2011.
“Here Today, Here Tomorrow: On the Lifespan of the Literary Magazine,” written with Steve Black, Bookslut, February 2011.
“My hypnotism diet,” Salon, January 3, 2011.
Review of Bryan Charles’ There’s a Road to Everywhere Except Where You Came From, Bookforum, December 2010.
“The Chautauqua on West Woodlawn Avenue,” memoir about growing up with geniuses, The Superstition Review, Fall 2010.
Interview with poet Matthew Lippman, The Rumpus, December 2010.
“Heads of the Family,” essay on my family’s unusual tradition of weighing our heads on a commercial meat scale, The Morning News, November 2010.
“New Criticism Literary Theory Book Title or Self-Aggrandizing Male Genital Nickname?” List on McSweeney’s website, August 2010.
“The Rough Cut,” personal essay on living with my wife who edits reality TV shows, The Morning News, July 2010.
Review of Kevin Sampsell’s A Common Pornography, Bookforum, May 2010.
“Josie Reconsidered: Notes on The Outfield’s ‘Your Love,'” Coldfront, 2009.
“I’ll Lead a Lush Life in Some Small Dive: A Christmas Eve Eve Story,” Philadelphia Weekly, as part of its “Holiday Disaster Stories” feature, 2009.
“Method Acting Memoir: Some Provocations,” Prelude, Medaille College, Fall 2009; reprinted here.
“Same as It Ever Was,” marking the tenth anniversary of The Rock Critical List, The Morning News, October 20, 2009.
“Bob and Tom’s Fish Fry: A Sentence Combining Worksheet,” McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, October 2009.
“Goodbye to All Them,” an essay on leaving New York, leaving poetry, and leaving New York poetry, The Morning News, September 23, 2009.
“How Sausage Is Made: My Skinny Jeans Odyssey” immersion piece in which the author wears skinny jeans, The L Magazine, September 16, 2009.
“Fartspottings: Reflections on ‘High Seriousness’ and Poetic Passings of Wind,” Humor: The International Journal of Humor Research, September 2009.
“The Rumpus long interview with Jessica Anthony,” author of The Convalescent, The Rumpus, July 2009.
“Excerpts from Cousin Mike: A Memoir,” collection of lists from memoir project, Indiana Review, Summer 2009.
“lliad Gag Reel,” Monkeybicycle online, Summer 2009.
“How to Be Inappropriate: A BookExpo America Guide,” The Rumpus, May 2009.
“The Case for Upsizing,” overview of various “male enhancement” phenomena, with a focus on an experiment with ExtenZe pill, of late-night infomercial infamy, The Daily Beast, March 2009.
“The Talk Box Reveries,” essay on guitars, guitar playing, the talk box guitar effect, Pete Drake, Peter Frampton, Pank magazine, Issue #3, 2009.
“Extracts from Cousin Mike: A Memoir,” Hotel Amerika, Fall 2009.
Sampler review of promising new literary journals that have made it past the second issue, with Steve Black, serials librarian at The College of Saint Rose’s Hellman Library, Library Journal‘s Magazine Rack section, January 15, 2009.
“My Great Fake Bake Experiment,” chronicles the author’s foray into indoor and artifical tanning methods, The Daily Beast, January 9, 2009.
“Nobody Loves My $20,000 Baby,” on IVF revelations in public situations, The Daily Beast, December 3, 2008.
“Essay Writing Experiments,” list of writing prompts and ideas for writing essays, Language is a Virus, November 2008.
“Queer eye for the straight old guy,” interview with Bob Morris, author of Assisted Loving: True Tales of Double Dating with My Dad, Time Out New York, July 3-8 2008 issue.
“Takin’ Care of Jesus,” profile/essay on the Christian parody band ApologetiX, the author’s love of heretical Christian kitsch, and the parodeity movement, July 2, 2008 in The Morning News.
Review of John Allman’s Lowcountry, The Bloomsbury Review, May/June 2008 issue.
“The Puerto Rican Lockhorns Reunion,” essay-memoir piece that takes place on Crosby Street, in Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood.
“Memoir? What Memoir? Frey’s Novel,” story on James Frey’s new book, Bright Shiny Morning, May/June 2008 issue of Poets & Writers.
Review of Dennis Cooper’s The Weaklings, Time Out New York, May 7-13 2008 issue.
Review of Karen Volkman’s Nomina, Time Out New York, May 14-20 2008 issue.
Not-so-recently published factish nonfiction.
Review of Joyelle McSweeney’s Flet: A Novel, Time Out New York, December 14-27 2007 issue.
Review of Matthea Harvey’s’Modern Life, Time Out New York, Nov 29-Dec 5, 2007 issue.
Reviews of Patricia Smith’s Teahouse of the Almighty and Matthew Lippman’s The New Year of Yellow, Chronogram [Hudson Valley, NY] November 30, 2007 issue.
“Stop Making Sense,” interview with poet John Ashbery, Time Out New York, February 14-21 2007 issue; reprinted here.
“Catching up with Joanna Scott,” profile of award-winning fiction writer, Poets & Writers, January/February 2007; also published in paperback edition of Follow Me (Back Bay 2010).
Review of C.K. Williams’ Collected Poems, Time Out New York, December 14-27 2006 issue.
Review of Spy: The Funny Years, Edited by Kurt Andersen, Graydon Carter and George Kalogerakis, Time Out New York, November 16-22 2006 issue.
“Notes on Frey,” personal ruminations on memoir, autobiography, literary critics, that big fat liar Helen Keller, and my fleeting experience with and defense of James Frey, Creative Nonfiction: Issue 29, A Million Little Choices: The ABCs of CNF; reprinted here under the title “Notes on Frey, being the Author’s attempt to defend a memoirist, authenticity in the age of made-up dialogue, God, cocky writers, and crestfallen critics, most likely disingenuous.”
“Rejection Slip? What Rejection Slip?” Dispatch from a reading by Lynn Lifshin, who might be one of the most prolific poets in the universe, PoetryFoundation website, September 2006.
Review of Björn Türoque’s To Air is Human: One Man’s Quest to Become the World’s Greatest Air Guitarist, Time Out New York, August 3-9 2006 issue.
Review of Allan MacDonell’s Prisoner of X: 20 Years in the Hole at Hustler Magazine, Time Out New York, June 15-21 2006 issue.
“An Interview with Hal Niedzviecki,” Bookslut.com, June 2006.
“All Aboard the Enlightenment Express,” story on Robert Bly and Li-Young Lee’s reading at Kripalu Center, Poetry Foundation website, May 2006.
“Revising the Footlicker Story,” lyrical, number-listed, metanarrative essayistic rumination on a 10-year-old date story that involves the licking of feet, Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood, May 5, 2006.
“Comic Adventure Takes Poetic Form,” story on Jim and Dave Defeat the Masked Man, David Lehman and James Cummins’ collaborative book of sestinas–a couple of which were run by yours truly over at McSweeney’s Sestinas page–with Archie Rand drawing reprint in both online and print versions, Poets & Writers, March/April 2006.
“Boundlessness Limited by Skin: Americana and Artifice in Alice Fulton’s “Unwanting,'” explication/close reading of poem, Midwestern Miscellany [Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga], special issue devoted to Midwestern female poets, Volume 32, 2003 [published in 2006]; open here as a pdf.
“Critical Mass,” coverage of the 32nd National Book Critics Circle Awards ceremony for the Poetry Foundation website; with a poetry angle, of course, March, 2006.
“The Politics of Fiction,” story on the status of political literary fiction, with a focus on the “politically inspired” anthologies edited by Stephen Elliott, lead-off story in the News and Trends section, Poets & Writers, January/February 2006.
“Marathon Man,” interview with “King of All Video Games” Todd Rogers, Nerve, “video games issue,” December 2005.
“A Boy & His Dog Poop,” memoir piece formerly entitled “Of dog poop, gentrification, The Informal New York Times North Williamsburg Delivery Strike of ’97, Isis, witchcraft supplies, absurd sexual advice, and preposition confusion,” Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood, December 2, 2005.
Review of Kenneth Koch’s Collected Poems, Time Out New York, November 3-9, 2005 issue.
“The Status of a Classic,” story on The Library of America’s publishing the first two installments of a planned eight-volume edition of Philip Roth’s collected fiction, lead-off story in the News and Trends section, Poets & Writers, September/October 2005.
Review of John Hodgman’s The Areas of My Expertise, Time Out New York, October 20-26 2005 issue.
“An Interview with Matt Madden,” Bookslut.com, October 2005.
Review of Dobby Gibson’s debut book of poems Polar, H_NGM_N, October 2005.
“Prose and eros,” review of Anne Carson’s Decreation, Time Out New York, under the “Rhymes & reason” column, September 1-7 2005 issue; opens in new window.
“An Interview with Lee Gutkind,” Bookslut.com, July 2005.
“The Transformation of James Frey,” front-cover profile of author of A Million Little Pieces and My Friend Leonard, Poets & Writers, July/August 2005.
“Poets House and PSA Branch Out,” Poets & Writers, May/June 2005.
“The Tale of the 10 Cruelest Months,” Poets & Writers, March/April 2005.
“An Interview with Todd Colby,” Bookslut.com, May 2005.
“An Interview with Camille Paglia,” Bookslut.com, April 2005.
“The Difference Between Chickens and Goats,” memoir piece on working at New York University’s Film Department, in Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood, May 2005.
“A.I. Wanna Rock and Roll All Nite,” excerpt from transcript of a conversation between Gene Simmons, the bassist for the rock band KISS, and Terry Gross, host of NPR’s “Fresh Air,” originally broadcast on February 4th, 2002, with Mr. Simmons’s responses replaced by those of “a.l.i.c.e.,” an artificial-intelligence chatbot, in Yankee Pot Roast, 2005.
Factish nonfiction from the freaking vaults.
“The Confessions of a Sestinas Editor,” personal essay on experience as Assistant Web Editor for Sestinas at McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, in Poets & Writers, January/Feburary 2005.
“Lewis Turco on the Challenges of Writing Sestinas and Reading as a Form of Magic,” online-only Direct Quote column, Poets & Writers, December 2004.
“The Last Queen Fan in America,” essays on my experience as a fan of the British rock band Queen in the 1980s, in The Morning News, 2004.
“Notes on Freddie Mercury’s Mr. Bad Guy Album,” Pindledyboz, 2004.
“Selected Notes on the Later Works of Queen,” Eyeshot, 2004.
“The Barbaric Yawp: A Video Anthology of Slam Poetry,” edited anthology and wrote three chapters on the history of slam poetry on Poetry 21, CD-ROM supplement to, among other titles, The Wadsworth Anthology of Poetry, Jay Parini, ed. (Thomson Heinle, 2005).
“Are You Hot Enough to Play with Journey? Todd Rogers Is,” profile of classic video game champion Todd Rogers, in Gamers: Writers, Artists, and Programmers on the Pleasures of Pixels (Soft Skull Press, 2004).
“Poem and Commentary on Lines About Happy Days Ending with a Line from Catullus” from NC1: NowCulture Reader, 2002.
Review of Brian Lennon’s City: An Essay, Rain Taxi Review of Books, Spring 2002.
“My Ass Life in the West: The Catcher Transcripts” La Petite Zine, Winter 2002.
“Switching Publication to the World Wide Web: Some Reports From the Front,” personal essay about Painted Bride Quarterly‘s web/print hybridization, in New York City Poetry Calendar, October 2000.
Letter to Interview magazine on Greil Marcus’ strained explanation of Eminem’s homophobia as stemming from his gay-curiousness.