“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.


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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


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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I-95 South

Essay featured in Passing Through Journal, January 2015

In our role reversal, I’m the little kid in the back seat repeating, “Are we there yet?”

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Essay featured in The Rumpus, December 13, 2014

“Why am I telling the story of Knife Man now? Because my quiet little college town, Charlottesville, Virginia, has become the center of several media stories about attacks on young women.”

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Tattoo Titans, Mirror Neurons, and Intergenerational Empathy

A personal essay featured in The Nervous Breakdown, June 5, 2014
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Detroit, 1974

Featured in Narrative Magazine, August 2012
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Getting Away with It

Featured in The Nervous Breakdown, January 6, 2012

A personal essay about making time for love and art, even when you’re a mother.

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To Paris with Love and Red Cowboy Boots

Featured in The Nervous Breakdown, November 8, 2011

A personal essay about realizing how American I am when I first leave the country.

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Featured in The Nervous Breakdown, September 28, 2011

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