Essays

Scandal Mad and Boy Crazy, Salmagundi, Summer-Fall 2017. “Into each life a little dreck must fall. Or, in the case of Scandal, a torrent, a waterfall, unless I exercise extreme caution and keep it out of the house entirely, which means keeping my trigger finger from typing ‘Netflix.com’ on my laptop’s browser, and then clicking on the Scandal logo….”

The Diary Thief Real Simple, August 2015. “An ordinary moment in a 13-year-old girl’s life: unpacking a trunk on returning from summer camp. I’m in our Manhattan apartment with my parents and sister, sifting through a season of clothes, when something goes awry….” 

What We Talk About When We Talk about Money Salmagundi, Spring 2015. “In this corner is my kindly grandfather, who liked to say, when the subject of our not having enough came up, “It’s just money.” In the opposite corner, a different message from my mother, who longed for so much: “All you need is money….”  Notable NonFiction, Pushcart Prize XLI 2017

What I Learned About Sex on the Internet
Daedalus, Spring 2007 Read the essay in the magazine with an account here.

A Friendship Born in the Turbulent Age of Aquarius
The New York Times, January 17, 2006

Getting Naked in Print–The Art of the Highbrown Confessional
The American Prospect, March 1, 2004

Past Perfect Massachusetts
These United States: Original Essays by Leading American Writers on Their State Within the Union, edited by John Leonard (2003)

Searching for Treasure in Las Vegas
Salmagundi, Spring/Summer 2000, Nos. 126-127

When Baby Boomers Grow Old
The American Prospect vol. 12 no. 9, May 21, 2001.

Divorced White Journalist Seeks Love, Alimony Funds
A review of Falling: The Story of One Marriage, by John Taylor.
The New York Observer, March 8, 1999

In the Literature of Addiction, Life’s Always a Gamble
Boston Globe, June 27th, 1999

He treats life as fragile, to be handled with care
A review of A Sport and a Pastime and Light Years, by James Salter
The Philadelphia Inquirer, Feb 2, 1986

Still the Babysitter, After All These Years
Barnard Magazine, Spring 2000