Essays

Toward a Useful Ignorance,” The Point (Winter, 2019).

You can find a bibliographical essay to accompany this piece here.

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).

“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).

Biographies of Henry David Thoreau, Abraham Lincoln, and John Brown for “Americans Who Tell the Truth,” an educational platform/organization built around artist Robert Shetterly´s portraits of historical and contemporary Americans.