Published work

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Book review: “Kevin Powers’s A Shout in the Ruins,” Atlanta Journal-Constitution (12 May 2018)

Book review: “Leesa Cross-Smith’s Whiskey & Ribbons,” Atlanta Journal-Constitution (7 April 2018).

Book review: “Peter McDade’s The Weight of Sound,” Atlanta Journal-Constitution (29 August 2017.

Book review: “The Child Poet by Homero Aridjis,” The Quarterly Conversation (issue #44, Summer 2016).

Book review: “The Body Where I Was Born by Guadalupe Nettel,” The Quarterly Conversation (issue #42, Winter 2016).

Song review: D’Angelo’s “Really Love,” Glide Magazine (16 December 2014).

Book review: “Tove Jansson’s The Woman Who Borrowed Memories: Selected Stories,” Bookslut (November 2014).

Book review: “Brian Doyle’s Children & Other Wild Animals,” Bookslut (November 2014).

Book review: “Tom Williams’s Don’t Start Me Talkin’,” The Clarion-Ledger [Jackson, MS], 5 July 2014.

Book review: “Megan Abbott’s The Fever,” Bookslut (June 2014).

Book review: “Jim Harrison’s Brown Dog: Novellas,” Bookslut (January 2014). Reprinted in The Black Lamb Review of Books XIII (July 2015).

Comics review: “The Rocketeer: Cargo of Doom and The Rocketeer: Hollywood Horror,” The Comics Journal [online edition], 20 September 2013.

Book review: “Austin Grossman’s You,” Bookslut (June 2013).

Book review: “Gertrude Stein’s Paris France,” Bookslut (June 2013).

Book review: “Jenny Davidson’s The Magic Circle,” Bookslut (March 2013).

Book review: “Adam Phillips’s Missing Out: In Praise of the Unlived Life,” Bookslut (January 2013).

Book review: “Joan Fry’s How To Cook a Tapir: A Memoir of Belize,” Bookslut (January 2013).

Book review: “Kevin Guilfoile’s A Drive into the Gap,” Bookslut (December 2012).

Book review: “bell hooks’s Writing Beyond Race: Living Theory and Practice,” Bookslut (November 2012).

Book review: “Sherman Alexie’s Blasphemy: New and Selected Stories,” Bookslut (October 2012).

Book review: “Steve Stern’s The Book of Mischief: New and Selected Stories,” Bookslut (September 2012).

Book review: “Samuel R. Delany’s Starboard Wine: More Notes on the Language of Science Fiction,” Bookslut (August 2012).

50-word album reviews for melophobe (March-July 2012): Ace Hood, Alabama Shakes, Bear in Heaven, Big K.R.I.T., Black Mountain, Bruce Springsteen, Children of the Night, Death Grips, El-P, Islands, Killer Mike, Miike Snow, Plug 1 & Plug 2, Santigold, Spiritualized, Tanlines, Yamantaka/Sonic Titan

“Cracking a Marriage,” Jackson Free Press (7 September 2011). Book review of Robert Olen Butler’s novel, A Small Hotel. [PDF]

“Chris Ware for Kids,” Hymnal (May 2010). Comics review of Eleanor Davis’s The Secret Science Alliance and the Copycat Crook.

Beyond the chain-mail bra,” (November 10, 2009). Review of Linda Medley’s comics series Castle Waiting. [PDF]

Coffee Table Mice,” (September 29, 2009). Review of David Petersen’s graphic novel Mouse Guard: Winter 1152. [PDF]

“Big, Gay, and Christian,” Jackson Free Press (July 15-21, 2009). Book review of James Hannaham’s novel God Says No. [PDF]

“Eclipsing Slave History,” Jackson Free Press (April 16-22, 2009). A book review of Sana Butler’s Sugar of the Crop: My Journey to Find the Children of Slaves. [PDF]

“Cataloging the Blues,” Jackson Free Press (February 19-25, 2009). Book review of Ted Gioia’s Delta Blues. [PDF]

“Class Definition,” Jackson Free Press (January 29-February 4, 2009). Book review of Amanda Boyden’s novel Babylon Rolling. [PDF]

“Freaky and Bloody,” Jackson Free Press (November 6-13, 2008). Book review of Darryl Wimberley’s novel Kaleidoscope. [PDF]


Behind the Book: Charleston Syllabus,” Inside UGA Press (newsletter, no. 16, Spring/Summer 2016).

“Q&A with author Matthew Dessem: The Gag Man: Clyde Bruckman and the Birth of Film Comedy,” The Keaton Chronicle (vol. 23, issue 4, Autumn 2015).

No Good Deed Goes Unpublished: Sherman Alexie, ‘Yi-Fen Chou,’ and The Best American Poetry 2015,” University of Georgia Press blog (10 September 2015).

D’Angelo Brings It All Together with the Long-Awaited Black Messiah,” Glide Magazine (18 December 2014).

A Tribute to Jessa Crispin,” Bookslut blog (8 August 2014)

Re-Reviews: Beastie Boys’ Ill Communication,” Glide Magazine (31 July 2014).

The Stripped South,” lecture, Millsaps College (29 April 2014). [transcript] [slides]

In Defense of Armond White,” (14 January 2014).

A Writer of Silences: Reading Natalia Ginzburg,” Bookslut (September 2013).

An Interview with Rebecca Solnit,” Bookslut (June 2013).

Between the Bars: De La Soul,” This Creative Life (25 July 2011). Essay. [PDF]

Hello, Win Column!,” The Baseball Chronicle (November 2010). Essay. [PDF]

Contribution to Matt Zoller Seitz’s edited slide show, “The movie experience I can’t forget,” (July 23, 2010). My piece is #10, on Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park. [PDF]

Days of Plastic and Sunshine,” The Baseball Chronicle (April 20, 2009). Essay. [PDF]


“Done with Skateboarding,” Valley Voices: A Literary Review (vol. 11, #2, Fall 2011). Short story.

“At the Greengrocer,” Lost Battles (April 2011). Short story.


Jeet Heer, “An Interview with Walter Biggins,” The Comics Journal (18 March 2013)

“Post-Links Drinks,” VIP Jackson Magazine (July 2012). Article, written with Arthur Jones. [PDF]

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