Essays

2017

To Lose is To Love (Victory Journal)

Book Review: Adults in the Room, by Yanis Varoufakis (New Republic)

A Review of What Happened by An Author Who Insists He Has Never Heard of Hillary Clinton or the 2016 Election (Paste Magazine)

No Ground Lost or Gained (The Outline)

Democrats are Losing the Propaganda War (The Outline)

The Empire Doesn't Care Who Is President (The Outline)

Book Review: Kids These Days, by Malcolm Harris (Bookforum, Fall 2017 Print Issue) 

Total Quality Revolution (The Baffler, Fall 2017 Print Issue)

Four Days with America's Socialist Party (The Outline)

The Real Fascists are the Friends We Made Along the Way (The Outline)

Left with Rage (The Outline)

The End Will Be Delivered by Amazon Drone (The Outline)

The Blathering Superego at the End of History (Los Angeles Review of Books)

The Alien and Mundane (The Believer)

Ordinary Beauty (Even Magazine)

The Orb Must be Smashed (The Outline)

The Crushing Idiocy of Donald Trump (The Outline) 

Operation Mensch (The Baffler)

Paul Ryan, Uberwonk (The Baffler)

Book Review: South and West, by Joan Didion (New Republic)

Don't Normalize George W. Bush (The Outline)

End of an Era: A Syllabus for Understanding the Age of Obama (Bookforum)

On Political Violence (Foreign Policy)

Andrew Sullivan's Delusional Dreams (Jacobin)

Republicans are Set to Destroy Iowa's Public Labor Unions (New Republic)

You Don't Know Hannah Arendt (The Outline)

Punditry and Commitment (Los Angeles Review of Books) 

Book Review: Apology, on Jonathan Chait's Obama (Los Angeles Review of Books)

 

2016

Valley of the Dolts (The Outline)

America Needs Class Solidarity Politics (Newsweek)

The Memoir's Hostage (on "The Hostage's Daughter") (Los Angeles Review of Books)

Young Minds in the Era of American Depravity (Newsweek)

Exploitation: The Sixth Stage of Grief (on "One More Time With Feeling"), (Los Angeles Review of Books)

On Hillary Clinton's "Millennial Problem" (Newsweek)

The Union Libel (Los Angeles Review of Books)

Book Review: The Art of History, by Christopher Bram (Los Angeles Review of Books)

Book Review: Questionnaire, by Evan Kindley (Bookforum)

Far Out, Cordoned Off (The Baffler)

What Does the Democratic Party Want? (New Republic)

How the Other Half Protests (The Baffler)

On the Humanity of Sanders Delegates (New Republic)

Waiting in Line at the DNC Barricades (The Baffler)

Who's Afraid of a Few Little Boos? (The Baffler)

All Protests Look Alike, and Other DNC Myths (The Baffler)

On the Fear of a Normalized Trump (New Republic)

On the Permanent Revenge of the Nerds (The Week)

On Sanders holdouts who refuse his endorsement of Clinton (Newsweek)

On Teenage Wilderness Therapy (Vox)

Book Review: The Limousine Liberal, by Steve Fraser (Vox)

TV Review: On the High Sparrow (Game of Thrones) (Vox)

On Reason Rally (Vox)

Short Obituary for Michael Herr (Vox)

Interview: Shaun King on the Democratic Party (Vox)

Book Review: Disrupted, by Dan Lyons (Vox)

The Smug Style in American Liberalism (Vox)

Book Review: The Red Parts, by Maggie Nelson (Vox)

Book Review: In Other Words, by Jhumpa Lahiri (Vox)

Book Review: Eternity Street, by John Mack Faragher (Vox)

Book Review: The Narrow Door, by Paul Lisicky (Vox)

 

2015

On the End of Peep Show (Vox)

On Fear (Vox)

National Book Award Nominee Reviews (Vox) ("Ordinary Light" by Tracy K. Smith & "Refund" by Karen E. Bender)

Controlling the Narrative: Harper Lee and the Stakes of a Scandal (Los Angeles Review of Books)

Pastor to the Protesters (Q&A with Ferguson State Rep. Tommie Pierson) (In These Times)

Emanuel and His Discontents (Vox)

The Internet's Alright for Fighting (Kernel Magazine)

Poor Left Out in Liberal's Indiana Kerfuffle (USA Today)

On David Brooks and "Moral Failure" of the Poor (In These Times)

 

 

2014

Blaming Parents, and Other Neoliberal Pastimes (The Baffler, with David Shor)

Notes on a Native Daughter: Joan Didion at 80 (Los Angeles Review of Books)

After the Decision: Ferguson and the Cycle of Trauma (Los Angeles Review of Books)

Confessions of a Former Internet Troll (Vox)

After the Train Leaves Town: A Report from Ferguson (The Los Angeles Review of Books)

On The Libertarian Summer (Medium)

How to Speak Ill of Joan Rivers (The Daily Dot)

No Angels in Ferguson: Michael Brown and The Grey Lady (Medium)

Fifteen Days The Internet Wasn't Paying Attention to Gaza (The Daily Dot)

A Liturgy of Absolution: Reviewing The Invisible Bridge by Rick Perlstein (Los Angeles Review of Books)

Cigarettes & Climate Change (The Baffler)

Republican's Impeachment Mania (Salon)

The Great Satirical News Scam of 2014 (New Republic)

This Infamous Hacker Went to Prison for Trolling AT&T. Now He Wants to Troll Wall St. (The New Republic)

Obamacare Enrollment: Miracle or Fact? (USA Today)

What Rolling Stone Didn't Get About Snake People's Sexual Revolution (Los Angeles Times)

Bill Nye The Climate Guy (The New Republic)

25 Governors Are Executing a Diabolical Plan Than Puts 17,000 Lives At Risk (PolicyMic)

Snake People and Minimum Wage (Los Angeles Times)

Arizona Bill's Other Outrage: Why Anti-Gay Bigotry Is Just the Beginning (Salon)

On The Kinds of Love We Fall Into (Los Angeles Review of Books)

The Lego Movie Isn't Just Anti-Capitalist, It's Anti-Fox, Too (The New Republic)

Linesville, PA (The Midwesterner Quarterly, Winter 2013/2014)

Conservative State Quietly Implementing Progressive Policy (PolicyMic)

Philip Seymour Hoffman: The End of Quitting (Los Angeles Review of Books)

The Onion has Become America's Finest Marxist News Source (The New Republic)

 

2013

Don't Let "Mitt" Fool You Into Regretting Your Vote for Obama (Los Angeles Times)

"Youth Social Security": An Argument for Payouts to Young People (Los Angeles Times)

An Open Letter to The People of New Jersey (PolicyMic)

In Defense of Rolling Stone Snake Person Writer Jesse Myerson (Los Angeles Times)

New Year's Resolutions Remind Us We're All Human (USA Today)

What Santa Clause Can Teach Conservatives About Welfare Benefits (USA Today)

Dead Man Talking (PolicyMic)

Remember Mandela for Violence and Peace (USA Today)

How Our Employee Based Healthcare System Made Obamacare Weak Sauce (PolicyMic)

Thanksgiving Dinner Political Shouting Matches Are Actually Good For You (PolicyMic)

The Unexpected Culprits of Climate Change (PolicyMic)

Don't Feed The Troll and Other Advice for Dealing with Libertarians (PolicyMic)

Why Wendy Won't Win (USA Today) 

Wendy Davis is Pro-Life, and Every Other Liberal Should Be Too (PolicyMic) 

New Jersey Minimum Wage Increase Should Be As Popular as Same-Sex Marriage (PolicyMic) 

Russell Brand Has a Very Important Message That You Absolutely Should Not Listen To (PolicyMic) 

Looking Into The Hearts of the Cult of the Caduceus (USA TODAY, Print Edition 8/14/13) 

Citizen Militia Liberates Small Town from Tyrannical Government (Huffington Post Comedy) 

For Progress, Think Policy, Not Politics (USA TODAY) 

Richard Nixon, Hero of the American Left (Salon) 

Dick Nixon, To Kick Around Evermore (Los Angeles Review of Books) 

To (All) The Colleges That Accepted Me (Huffington Post College) 

Nirvana In The Supermarket, DOMA On The Line (Huffington Post Politics) 

Pope Announces 'Serious Doubts' About This Whole Organized Religion Thing, Announces Resignation (Huffington Post Comedy) 

White Girls (Huffington Post Media) 

A Mirror, Darkly (Huffington Post Media) 

The Founding Prophets (Huffington Post Politics) 

OK, I Think I'm Ready To Talk About Aurora Now  (Huffington Post Politics)