Nonfiction

 


The Seeds of Black Flag Were Planted at a Journey Concert (with Keith Morris)
Cuepoint
October 19, 2016
“Punk may have already had its moment in New York and was bottoming out in London, but in Southern California it was this strange new thing that was alive with possibility.”

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Eleven Extraordinary Hours: Interview with Pamela Erens
Tin House
May 12, 2016
“Men aren’t relegated to the waiting room anymore.”

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My So-Called Life: Essay
Los Angeles Times
December 24, 2015
“Co-writing books is like being a really good karaoke singer: You have to capture the essence of your subject and stay true to the voice of the person on the page.”

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Who Wants to Live in a Fucking Utopia?: Interview with Nathan Larson
Los Angeles Review of Books
December 14, 2015
“We are fucked up, we are violent, we are crazy, we are foolish, we are selfish, we are power mad, we are murderous, we are so many things, but we are not calcified.”

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Death Trembled

Electric Literature
August 4, 2014
“A couple weeks before J.J. died, he called and left a message. He was standing outside a bar and saw me drive by. He told me to turn around and come have a beer with him. Maybe more. You never know. And then that laugh. I didn’t take the call, didn’t turn around, and now I’ll never know.”


The Fluffiest Biscuit
Oxford American
July 24, 2014
“Most people underestimate the complexity of the biscuit. Biscuits are delicate and fickle, like hothouse flowers. Cook them too long and they turn into tough little hockey pucks. If the temperature in the oven isn’t high enough, you get a texture that’s cakey, not flaky, and a biscuit without a swirling engine of steam inside it is no longer a biscuit but a bastard scone.”

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Teenage Wasteland

Granta
January 29, 2014
“If nostalgia is the sensation of one’s past and present unexpectedly connecting in a way that reinforces the notion that you are exactly where you need to be, what I was feeling was the complete opposite of that.”

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Dutch Harbor Nights

Granta
July 29, 2013
“The vibe in the sports bar is listing toward trouble.’”

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Notes on Grief

Razorcake
April 13, 2013
“The sign hanging from an overpass read Pray for Newtown. But what if we don’t want to?”

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James Joyce and Postmodernism: A Conflicted Catechism
Los Angeles Times
June 16, 2009
“Joyce is a modernist, but distinct from other modernists and because one can’t be something and post-something simultaneously, he creates crises of classification.”

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Dogsbody: Debunking the Myth of Ulysses’ Impenetrability, One Pub at a Time

The Believer
June 2004
“Molly’s is an oasis of darkness in a city cursed with light.”