Twice I’ve been asked to be the godfather of a child conceived in one of my Skyspaces, James Turrell told me over breakfast before the opening of his 84th Skyspace at UT Austin. I wrote about it for The New York Times and Texas Monthly.

Twice I’ve been asked to be the godfather of a child conceived in one of my Skyspaces, James Turrell told me over breakfast before the opening of his 84th Skyspace at UT Austin. I wrote about it for The New York Times and Texas Monthly.

Goodbye to Prada Marfa? 
Breaking: The Texas Department of Transportation declared Prada Marfa an illegal advertising sign, potentially subject to forced removal. The determination took Michael Elmgreen, one of the two Berlin-based artists of Prada Marfa, by surprise: 
“If I were head of the office there, I would fire the person who came up with this,” Mr. Elmgreen said. “If it really is against the regulations, they should have found out in 2005 when it was erected.”
On September 14, I wrote about why TxDOT thinks the installation is advertising and what they plan to do about it. 

Goodbye to Prada Marfa? 

Breaking: The Texas Department of Transportation declared Prada Marfa an illegal advertising sign, potentially subject to forced removal. The determination took Michael Elmgreen, one of the two Berlin-based artists of Prada Marfa, by surprise: 

“If I were head of the office there, I would fire the person who came up with this,” Mr. Elmgreen said. “If it really is against the regulations, they should have found out in 2005 when it was erected.”

On September 14, I wrote about why TxDOT thinks the installation is advertising and what they plan to do about it. 

I wrote about feral hog hunting with Philipp Meyer, author of the incredible Texas epic, The Son. 

I wrote about feral hog hunting with Philipp Meyer, author of the incredible Texas epic, The Son

I wrote a microhistory of a microhistorian—the remarkable Jill Lepore, a prolific contributor to the New Yorker and an Americanist at Harvard—for Dissent. The piece got picked up by Arts and Letters Daily, The Atlantic Wire, and Jezebel.

I wrote a microhistory of a microhistorian—the remarkable Jill Lepore, a prolific contributor to the New Yorker and an Americanist at Harvard—for Dissent. The piece got picked up by Arts and Letters Daily, The Atlantic Wire, and Jezebel.

Read “The Clock Test” in the 30th Anniversary issue of the Alaska Quarterly Review. It runs alongside some wonderful poems by Kay Ryan, Tomas Transtromer, Billy Collins, and Jane Hirshfield.

Read “The Clock Test” in the 30th Anniversary issue of the Alaska Quarterly Review. It runs alongside some wonderful poems by Kay Ryan, Tomas Transtromer, Billy Collins, and Jane Hirshfield.

On the history of bookshelves and bookshelf behavior.
Update: ”Shelf-Conscious” was translated into Italian and published in Internazionale this week! 

On the history of bookshelves and bookshelf behavior.

Update: ”Shelf-Conscious” was translated into Italian and published in Internazionale this week! 

The History of Homesickness

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The New Republic

The New Republic

The New Republic

The New Republic

On Patricia Bosworth’s biography of Jane Fonda.

On Patricia Bosworth’s biography of Jane Fonda.











Hello!

I'm an associate editor at Texas Monthly, a great narrative magazine, and I've written for The New York Times, The New Republic, The Paris Review, Dissent, and others.

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