Writing

Goodbye to the Goodfellas

The Atlantic (December 2019 issue) 4 November 2019

The Righteous Gemstones Is TV’s Funniest Show About Grief

Slate 10 October 2019

A Wave of Rap Documentaries Shows the Genre Has Entered Its Classic Rock Phase

Slate 8 October 2019

It: Chapter Two Adapts a Storyline About Racism Into a Storyline That’s Racist

Slate 9 September 2019

Chance the Rapper’s “Debut” Album Disappoints Only Because It’s Not Really His Debut

Slate 29 July 2019

The New Science of Building Baseball Superstars

The Atlantic (July 2019 issue) 28 June 2019

A Brief History of the Movie-Summarizing End-Credits Rap

Slate 14 June 2019

Nothing Compares 2 “Nothing Compares 2 U”

Slate 11 June 2019

Dr. John Was Both Deeply Traditional and a Total Freak

Slate 7 June 2019

Marvin Gaye’s Lost Album Finds Him at the Peak of His Creativity

Slate 29 March 2019

There’s No Severing Michael Jackson’s Art From His Obsession With Children

Slate 27 February 2019

Why Vice Fails Where All Adam McKay’s Other Films Succeeded

Slate 2 February 2019

How to Root for the Patriots in the Age of Trump: A guide for morally compromised New England fans.

Slate 1 February 2019

The Most Important Album of 1968 Wasn’t The White Album. It Was Beggars Banquet.

Slate 6 December 2018

BEASTIE BOYS BOOK Re-creates the Pleasures of the Group’s Best Albums

Slate 7 November 2018

Why a Song About Unremembered Rap Arcana May Become Hip-Hop’s Most Remembered Song

Slate 18 October 2018

Big Mouth Is So Good It Almost Makes You Miss Middle School

Slate 15 October 2018

Whole Lotta Love (review of BASKETBALL: A LOVE STORY)

Slate 9 October 2018

Quincy Jones Has Accomplished So Much That Even Netflix’s New Doc About Him Can’t Capture It All

Slate 9 September 2018

“The Great Minor City of America” (Review of BOOM TOWN)

Slate 24 August 2018