- For the Chronicle Review: Fanning the Flames while the Humanities Burn - On why acknowledging and mourning the rapid decline in humanities enrollment and employment does not imply (white, male) nostalgia for an exclusionary past, but a commitment to the life of the mind.
- For the LA Review of Books: Confession is Just a Special Form of Bragging: On Fleabag - On guilt, absolution and the refusal to confess as a form of reclaiming agency.
- As a contributing editor for The Point I've written the following:
- On Left Straussianism - On the elitism inherent in refusing to air disagreements with those "on your side" publicly.
- On Denialism - On political rhetoric and the danger inherent in trying to deny the very existence of projects and practices that have become the targets of criticism (e.g., "identity politics"), rather than defending, evaluating and proposing a new vocabulary for discussing them
- I Am Madame Bovary: “Cat Person” and the dark pleasures of empathy - On the relation between reading with empathy and reducing works of art (and people) to their moral failings.
- Iowans, Unite! - On my (day of) work in electoral politics.
I also co-host the magazine's Podcast, "Rather be Reading." You can find us on iTunes, SoundCloud, and PlayerFM.
In previous episodes we've discussed what it means to be a public intellectual, the #MeToo movement and moral education, the digital humanities, the problem with trying to get our desires to conform to our political principles, Occupy Wall Street and Larry David.