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Personal Essays / Op-Eds

Is Monogamy Insane?Men’s Journal, November 2014.
A Rock Opera Interrupted,” Baltimore Sun, September 19, 2014.
Death of Our Clown,” al Jazeera, August 17, 2014.
A Man and His Cat,New York Times, August 1, 2014.
Controlling the Narrative,” New York Times, June 9, 2014.
There Is No Catastrophe So Ghastly That america Will Reform its Gun Laws,The Week, May 29, 2014.
The Feast of Pain,” New York Times, April 27, 2014.
Oh! What a Lovely War That Wasn’t,” Al Jazeera, March 5, 2014.
Our Greatest Political Novelist?” newyorker.com, December 12, 2013.
I’ve Got the Black Friday Blues” [I don't write these titles myself, by the way], Al Jazeera, November 28, 2013.
Slaves of the Internet, Unite!New York Times, October 27, 2013
“What is the Difference Between Spree Killers and Terrorists?” Al Jazeera, September 11, 2013
I Know What You Think of Me,” New York Times, June 15, 2013
Are We Not Men?Men’s Journal, June 2013
Up in the Air” (99¢ download, available on this site)
The Power of ‘I Don’t Know,’New York Times “Draft” blog, April 29, 2013
In Defense of Rural,” Modern Farmer Magazine, April 12, 2013
You Are Going to Die,” New York Times ”Anxiety” blog, January 20, 2013
The Quiet Ones,” New York Times Sunday Review, November 17, 2012
9/11: War on Fear,” Huffington Post, September 11, 2012
Freedom to Fear: Is the Gun Industry Selling a Fantasy?” Huffngton Post, August 2, 2012
The Busy TrapNew York Times “Anxiety” blog, July 1, 2012
Uncle Ray’s Dystopia“ New York Times, June 8, 2012
Like the Video? I Wrote the Book“ New York Times Sunday Review, May 19, 2012
Cycle of Fear“ New York Times, “Anxiety” blog, May 7, 2012
Recipe for Heartbreak“ New York Times Sunday Review, March 31, 2012
In Praise of Not Knowing,” New York Times, June 18, 2011
Getting Offline” nerve.com, May 13, 2011
Welcome” nerve.com, July 1st 2010
“Seeing Is Believing” nerve.com, May 28th, 2010
The Referendum“ New York Times, ”Happy Days” blog, September 17, 2009
Views of a Day“ New York Times, September 11, 2009
Averted Vision“ New York Times ”Happy Days” blog, August 2, 2009
Isn’t It Outrageous?“ New York Times “Happy Days” blog, July 14, 2009
Reprieve“ New York Times “Happy Days” blog, June 2, 2009
Time and the Bottle“ New York Times “Proof” blog, March 31, 2009
I [Heart] Pluto” New York Times, August 23, 2006

On Books

Our Greatest Political Novelist?“ The New Yorker‘s “Page-Turner” blog, December 12, 2013.
The Greatest American Novel You’ve Never Heard Of,The New Yorker‘s “Page-Turner” blog, October 21, 2013
The Decline and Fall of the Book Cover,” The New Yorker‘s “Page-Turner” blog, July 16, 2013
“David Foster Wallace: 1962-2008″ Baltimore City Paper, 2008 Big Books Issue
“When Books Could Change Your Life” Baltimore City Paper, 2008 Big Books Issue
The Frightener: William Sloane’s Two Novels Cut Right Through Genre and Burrow Into a Dark, Uncanny Unknown,” Baltimore City Paper, 2007 Big Books Issue
Unspeakable: Exploring the Work of Splatterspunk Author Ed Lee” Baltimore City Paper, 2006 Big Books Issue

On Film

The End of Everything: Take Shelter, Meek’s Cutoff, and The Horse of Turin,” Jump Cut, issue 55, Fall 2013.
The Goblin’s Dilemma: A Simple Plan and Spider-Man”(with Boyd White) Jump Cut,
A.I.” Film Quarterly, December 2002
O Brother, Where Art Thou?” (with Rob Content and Boyd White) Film Quarterly, Fall 2001
The Straight Story”(with Rob Content) Film Quarterly, Fall 2000
“Introducing Sociology: Eyes Wide Shut” Film Quarterly, Spring 2000

On Comics

Wages of Love: Chester Brown’s True Romance Comix” (excerpt) The Comics Journal #302, February 2013
Irredeemable: Dave Sim’s Cerebus” (excerpt) The Comics Journal #301, June 2011
What Is to Be Done?“ thecomicsjournal.com, April 8, 2011
Pym & Francie: The Golden Bear Days,“ thecomicsjournal.com
Brighter in Hindsight: Black Humor, by Charles R Johnson,“ thecomicsjournal.com
Bill Mauldin and Willie and Joe,“ The Comics Journal #296,February 2009
The Black Dossier,” thecomicsjournal.com
Lost Girls,” Baltimore City Paper, 2007 Comics Issue
Lulu Eightball thecomicsjournal.com
Diary of a Mosquito Abatement Man” thecomicsjournal.com
The Trouble With Girls: Playboy Cartoons Sell, Don’t Shock” Baltimore City Paper, 2006 Comics Issue
You Could Give a Shit About Comics” Baltimore City Paper, 2007 Comics Issue
Throwing the Book at Cartoonists” from The Education of a Comics Artist, Allworth Press, 2005
That’s Not Funny: Rage, Laughter, and Political Cartoons After 9/11” The Comics Journal #250, February 2003
Deeper Meanings: Another Look at B. Kliban” The Comics Journal Special Edition, Summer 2002