“It is dangerous and illegal to walk on the highway.”
—Quote from the Michigan driver’s ed manual 
I grew up in Detroit, Motor City, and so my delight in carless transportation has always seemed a bit perverse. But anybody who is a writer knows the feeling. What we do might not be dangerous or illegal, but it can sometimes look a little crazy from the outside.

Publications

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Stepfatherhood

Personal essay/media critique

According to the Step Family Foundation, 1,300 new stepfamilies form every day, and half of children under 13 in the United States live with one biological parent and that parent’s current partner. Stepfathers are everywhere. And still no family member is more vilified in the media, including in one of my favorite recent films.

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Foie Gras, the Vegetable: On Food Transgressions

Essay

During my junior semester abroad, I worked as a companion for Anne-Marie, a famously reclusive French poet who died a couple years ago. She had a rule I knew well, though she never explained its origin: She didn’t allow herself to drink. Not one drop. Except through me.

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Single Dads and Terrorists

Personal essay

Before the Boston Marathon bombers were identified, my friend Genevieve said a prayer: “Please don’t let them be Muslims.”

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Review of The Girls of Usually by Lori Horvitz

Book Review of a memoir in essays about coming of age as a lesbian

When I say Horvitz is funny, I don’t just mean she is witty or playful with words or cleverly amusing (though she is those things, too). I mean she is David Sedaris-level funny, especially when she writes about her early youth

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Book Review of After Visiting Friends by Michael Hainey

Book Review in The Nervous Breakdown

Book review

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Review of Kids These Days by Drew Perry

Book review featured January 16, 2014
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Review of Praying Drunk by Kyle Minor

Book review featured in Fiction Writers Review, February 10, 2014
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Review of Red Sky in Morning by Paul Lynch

Book review featured in Fiction Writers Review, December 5, 2013

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