Essays and Criticism
“Toward a Useful Ignorance,” The Point (Winter, 2019).
You can find a bibliographical essay to accompany this piece here.
“The Best Books on Radical Environmentalism,” Five Books (July, 2018).
“Silent Spring & Other Writings on the Environment,” Bookforum (April, 2018).
“Reading to Children to Save Ourselves,” Public Books (March, 2018).
“On Possibility; or, The Monkey Wrench” in Future Remains: A Cabinet of Curiosities for the Anthropocene, edited by Gregg Mitman, Robert Emmett, and Marco Armiero. University of Chicago Press, 2018.
“Voices in Time: An American Timbuctoo,” Lapham's Quarterly (March, 2018).
“A Future Just, Green and Free, Under a Tree Named Karl Marx,” Aeon (March, 2018).
“A Map of Radical Bewilderment: On the Liberation Cartography of Henry David Thoreau.” Places (March, 2018).
“Elm Street, USA.” Review of Jill Jonnes’s Urban Forests: A Natural History of Trees and People in the American Cityscape. In Nature, Plants 4,1 (January, 2018).
“11 Books and their 11 Spectacular Trees,” Electric Literature (January, 2018).
“Wild Thing: A New Biography of Thoreau.” Review of Laura Dassow Walls’s Henry David Thoreau: A Life. In The Los Angeles Review of Books (July, 2017).
“The Slide Rule and the Crowbar: Henry David Thoreau in the Anthropocene.”Review of Robert M. Thorson’s The Boatman: Henry David Thoreau’s River Years. In The Los Angeles Review of Books (April, 2017).
“Notes from the Enemy's Camp: On John D'Agata's New History of the Essay.” 3:AM Magazine (October, 2016).
“On Care in Dark Times.” Edge Effects (April 12, 2016).
“Distortion is the Sound of Life Uncontained.” The Hypocrite Reader 53 (June, 2015).
“A Letter to my Son as He Nears his Second Birthday.” Stone Canoe 8 (January, 2014).