Op-Ed & Reviews 2020-01-26T01:35:33+00:00


“Download,” The New York Times, January 23, 2016

“Finding This Lost City in Honduras Was the Easy Part,” The New York Times, March 20, 2015

“Why Aren’t Men Flocking to School,” New York Times, 2012

“Mad as Hell in California,” Chronicle of Higher Education, June 5, 2011

“Odious and Unpleasant,” Los Angeles Review of Books, June 25, 2011

“The Summer Next Time,” The New York Times, September 4, 2006

“BA:  The New Get-Out-of-Jail-Free Card, ” op-ed, Los Angeles Times, October 17, 2006

“Malevolent Design,” Los Angeles Times, September 13, 2005


Review Essays, KCRW, NPR, 2012-2013; 14 segments

Review of Edith Wharton and Cosmopolitanism, eds. ​Meredith L. Goldsmith and Emily J. Orlando (University Press of Florida), Women’s Studies 2018

Review of Alain de Botton, The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work (Pantheon), Los Angeles Times, 2009

Review of David Weir, Decadent Culture in the United States (SUNY Press), Modern Philology 2008

Review of The Teapot Dome Scandal:  How Big Oil ……Los Angeles Times Book Review, 10 February 2008

“Best Books of 2008,” Hermano Cerdo (Mexico), December 2008

Review essay of Phillip Joseph, American Literary Regionalism in a Global Age (Louisiana State University Press, 2007), Charlotte Hogg, From the Garden Club:  Rural Women Writing Community (University Nebraska Press, 2006), and Douglas Reichert Powell, Critical Regionalism:  Connecting Politics and Culture in the American Landscape (University of North Carolina Press, 2007), American Literature, Winter 2008

Review of Gordon Theisen, Staying Up Much Too Late: Edward Hopper’s “Nighthawks” and the Dark Side of the American Psyche, Los Angeles Times, July 23, 2006, R12.

Review of Kimberley Christine Patton and John Stratton Hawley, eds., Holy Tears: Weeping in the Religious Imagination (Princeton University Press). Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture, June 2006.

Review of Stephanie Foote, Regional Fictions:  Culture and Identity in Nineteenth-Century American Literature (U. Wisconsin P., 2001), Annals of the State of Iowa, Summer 2002.

Review of Michael North, Reading 1922:  A Return to the Scene of the Modern (Oxford, 1999), Modern Philology 100:1, August 2002.

Review of Ruth Leys, Trauma:  A Genealogy (University of Chicago Press) and Frank T. Vertosick, Jr., MD, Why We Hurt:  The Natural History of Pain (Harcourt), Chicago Tribune, 25 June 2000

Review of Kim Townsend, Manhood at Harvard:  William James and Others (Norton, 1996), New York Times Book Review, January 5, 1997

Review of Elizabeth Burbick, Healing the Republic:  The Language of Health and the Culture of Nationalism (Cambridge, 1994), American Literature, Winter 1995

Review of Elizabeth Lunbeck, The Psychiatric Persuasion:  Knowledge, Gender, and Power in Modern America (Princeton, 1994), New York Times Book Review, October 1994

Review of William Miller, ‘Pretty Bubbles in the Air’:  America in 1919 (University of Illinois, 1991), Journal of American History December 1992