Selected Nonfiction

The New York Times Magazine"25 Songs That Tell Us Where Music Is Going: Mans Not Hot by Big Shaq," March 2018

The New York Times | "How Langston Hughes brought His Radical Vision to the Novel," January 2018

The New York Times Magazine | "Letter of Recommendation: Mohsin Hamid's Exit West," October 2017

The New York Times Magazine | "25 Songs That Tell Us Where Music Is Going: F.U.B.U. by Solange," February 2017

The New York Times | "What Does It Mean to Acknowledge the Past?" January 2017

Freeman's Journal | "What We Found," Fall 2016

O, The Oprah Magazine | "Bright Lights, Broke City": a review of Imbolo Mbue's Behold the Dreamers, September 2016

The Nation | "Brand Yeezy," August 2016

The New York Times | "Railroaded": a review of Charlie Smith's Ginny Call, February 2016

Spook Magazine | "Take the 10," Winter 2015

The Los Angeles Times | "Watts 1965: Riot or Revolt?" August 2015

Literary Hub | “Keyword Search: ‘Ferguson’ and ‘Mike Brown,’” August 2015

The New York Times | "Detroit's Recovery, and My Dad's Too," May 2015

Literary Hub | "When Black Neighborhoods Disappear," April 2015

Los Angeles Review of Books | "Committed": a review of Cynthia Bond's Ruby, October 2014

The Huffington Post | "On Dialect, Dialogue and Good Books," September 2011


Light the Dark: Writers on Creativity, Inspiration, and the Artistic Process | "Subverting the Rule of 'Write What You Know,'" Edited by Joe Fassler, Penguin Books, Fall 2017