Book Commentary & Reviews

For writing after September 2016, check my archive at

The Left Behind series was just the latest way America prepared for the rapture, The Washington Post, 13 July 2016

Book-to-film adaptations still to come in 2016Vulture, 5 August 2016

Life's too short to pretend you're not religious (David Dark), 31 May 2016

Better Living Through Criticism (A.O. Scott), Books & Culture, March/April 2016

Slaughterhouse 90210 (Maris Kreisman), The Los Angeles Review of Books, January 1 2016

The Last Love Song: A Biography of Joan Didion (Tracy Daugherty), Books & Culture, January/February 2016

Wanted (Chris Hoke), Christianity Today, 6 March 2015

Entertaining Judgement (Greg Garrett), Christianity Today, February 2015

Friendship (Emily Gould), Books & CultureJuly/August 2014

Broke (Caryn Rivadeneira), Christianity Today, May 2014

Bark (Lorrie Moore), Books & Culture, March/April 2014

"Meaning and Mystery and Love" (on Andre Dubus III's Dirty Love), Marginalia Review of Books, 20 November 2013

Claire of the Sea Light (Edwidge Danticat), Books & Culture, November/December 2013

"What Is Work?" (on Donald Hall's Life Work)Fieldnotes, 25 June 2013

Eat With Joy (Rachel Marie Stone), Books & Culture, April 2013

Changing Signs of Truth (Crystal Downing), Books & Culture, January 2013

Pulphead (John Jeremiah Sullivan), Books & Culture, Sept/Oct 2012

Reforming Hollywood: How American Protestants Fought for Freedom at the Movies (William Romanowski), Christianity Today, 31 July 2012

Open City (Teju Cole), Books and Culture, January/February 2012

Blue Nights (Joan Didion), Books and Culture, November 2011

Seven Years (Peter Stamm), Books and Culture, September 2011