Criticism & Essays

2017
The Trash Heap Has Spoken.” Guernica.
Top 5 Longreads of the Week (2/13/17)
Horror Tropes And Human Sadness In ‘Universal Harvester.’” NPR Books.

2016
Contributing critic to NPR’s Best Books of 2016.
Carmen Maria Machado on marrying after your parents divorce.” PBS NewsHour.
How I Should Have Known Trump Would Be Elected President.” HTMLGiant.
‘Fish In Exile’ Is A Chronicle Of Grief Barely Survived.” NPR Books.
How to Suppress Women’s Criticism.” Electric Literature.
On the Mirror and the Echo.” SmokeLong Quarterly.
The Morals of the Stories.” Tiny Donkey.
Is ‘You Are Having A Good Time’ Beautiful Or Grotesque? Yes.” NPR Books.
I Know What I Read That Summer.” The New Yorker.
The U.S.S. Awake and Dreaming.” Van Winkle’s.
The Novelist.” Catapult.
‘The Queue’ Carries On A Dystopian Lineage.” NPR Books.
On Joanna Walsh’s Grow a Pair: 9 1/2 Fairytales About Sex.” Los Angeles Review of Books.
‘Plain Houses’ Is A Spellbinding Story Of Witchcraft And Disobedience.” NPR Books.
Gothic Family Drama At ‘The Border Of Paradise.’” NPR Books.
Lost on Planet God.” The Iowa Review.
Traditional Tropes Turn Eerie In Punishing, Subtle ‘Horses.’” NPR Books.
The Moon Over the River Lethe.” Catapult.
‘The Crooked House’ Is Haunted, In A World That Denies Ghosts.” NPR Books.
Best Book of 1998: Geoff Ryman’s 253: The Print Remix.” Granta.
Contributing critic to Strange Horizon’s “2015 Year in Review.”

2015
Contributing critic for Kirkus Reviews.
“On Kevin Brockmeier & Michelle Huneven.” A Manner of Being: Writers on Their Mentors.
Contributing critic to NPR’s Best Books of 2015.
Contributing critic to the BBC’s  The 100 Greatest British Novels.
‘The Blizzard’ May Leave You Cold.” NPR Books.
‘The Pickle Index’ Is A Tart, Tangy Multi-Platform Romp.” NPR Books.
Imagining Alternative Worlds.” Women’s Review of Books.
‘Daydreams Of Angels’ Tells Stories Within Stories.” NPR Books.
Dense, Fantastical ‘Prodigies’ Rewards The Patient Reader.” NPR Books.
Complex, Generational Music in Lyrical ‘Daughters.’” NPR Books.
Polymorphus and Perverse: On Rubyfruit Jungle.” Uncovered Classics.
O Adjunct! My Adjunct!” The New Yorker.
A Girl’s Guide to Sexual Purity.” Los Angeles Review of Books.
— NOTABLE ESSAY: Best American Essays 2016
A Former Wunderkind Drifts On In ‘Some Other Town.’” NPR Books.
Unfilmable.” Review: Kelly Link’s Get in Trouble. LA Review of Books.
Dragon’s Breath & Other True Stories – MariNaomi.” Full Stop.
Five Things Right Now: Carmen Maria Machado.” Granta.
Contributing critic to Strange Horizon’s “2014 Year in Review.”

2014
Contributing critic for Kirkus Reviews.
The Fire Will Not Consume Us.” Women’s Review of Books.
Review: We Are All Completely Fine by Daryl Gregory.” Strange Horizons.
No Bible Without the Devil.” Los Angeles Review of Books.
The Monstrous And The Beautiful Dance In ‘White Van.'” NPR Books.
Michel Faber’s ‘Crimson’ Gave Teen A New Sense Of Possibility.” NPR Books.
The Afterlife of Pia Farrenkopf.” The New Yorker.
The Boy Scouts’ Image Problem.” The New Yorker.
Review: Bones of an Inland Sea, by Mary Akers.” PANK Magazine.
Salad Days at Chuck E. Cheese.” The New Yorker.

2013
Luxury Shopping, from the Other Side of the Register.” The New Yorker.
Why Alice Munro Should Play ‘Gone Home’: The Video Game as Story and Experience.” Los Angeles Review of Books.
Beyond Measurable Time and Space.” Los Angeles Review of Books.
Your Lying Cheater’s Heart: This is How You Lose Her as Confessional Text.” The Buenos Aires Review.
Postcard.” Wigleaf.
The Imaginary Republic of Molossia.” VICE.
NSFW. Column for Little Village.
Heart of Glass. Advice column for Fleshbot. (as Olivia Glass)
Worlds Flipped Sideways.” Los Angeles Review of Books.

2012
On the Borderlands.” Los Angeles Review of Books.
The Last Poem I Loved: Andrew Grace’s ‘Y.’” The Rumpus.
Essay. The Hairpin. (as Anonymous)
— REPRINT: The Awl
Contribution to the “Compendium of Tactics.” Bend Over Magazine.
Coitus More Ferarum.” The Paris Review.

2010 
“The Neurotic Writer’s Guide to Applying for an MFA.” The Best Damn Creative Writing Blog. [Republished here.]