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Notes Toward A Supreme Nonfiction
Teaching Literary Reportage in the Twenty-first Century
Literary Journalism Studies. Fall 2013
The New New Journalism, circa 2011
Byliner, September 11, 2011
A Blessing and a Burden
Review of Gerald M. Boyd’s “My Times in Black and White"
The New York Times Book Review, February 21, 2010
Checkbook Journalism Revisited
The Columbia Journalism Review, Jan/Feb 2008
People's Power vs. Nuclear Power
A conversation with Jonathan Schell
Daedalus, Winter 2007
The Plot Against Equality
A review of The Trouble With Diversity: How We Learned to Love Identity and Ignore Inequality, by Walter Benn Michaels
The Nation, December 25, 2006
Eric Lott Critiques The Passing of Identity Politics
Bookforum, Summer 2006
Gay Talese: A Work in Progress
The Columbia Journalism Review, May/June 2006
Attack of the Career-Killing Blogs
When academics post online, do they risk their jobs?
Slate, November 16, 2005
Francis Fukuyama: The Neocon Who Isn't
The American Prospect, October 2005
The Roots of the New New Journalism
The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 4, 2005
Righting Copyright: Fair Use and Digital Environmentalism
Bookforum, February/March, 2005
Whatever happened to New Journalism?
The Los Angeles Times, January 23, 2005
A Review of Mark Bowden’s “Road Work”
The New York Times Book Review, November 7, 2004
F for Effort
Brown v. Board of Education, a Failure at Fifty?
Bookforum, October/November 2004
How to Make a Guerrilla Documentary
The New York Times Magazine, July 11, 2004
The Tyranny of Copyright?
The New York Times Magazine, January 25, 2004
A review of Amitai Etzioni's "My Brother's Keeper"
The Everything Expert
The Nation, July 14, 2003
Dialogue between Kwame Anthony Appiah & Robert S. Boynton: On philosophy, race, sex & etc.
Daedalus, Summer 2003
A Review of "By The Sword"
The Vorpal Blade
The New York Times Book Review, March 2, 2003
A Review of Deirdre Bair's "Jung: A Biography"
The New York Times Book Review, January 11, 2003
The Return of the Repressed: Psychoanalysis’s Fallen Angel
Boston Review, January 2003
The Interpretation of Khan
The Boston Globe, December 15, 2002
A Review of "Teacher," by Mark Edmundson
LA Times Book Review, August 4, 2002
“But Is it True?” A review of “People's Witness: The Journalist in Modern Politics,” By Fred Inglis, and “The First Casualty: The War Correspondent as Hero and Myth-Maker From the Crimea to Kosovo
LA Times Book Review, June 23, 2002
Black Studies Today
The New York Times Education Life, April 14, 2002
Sounding Off,” a review of Richard Posner’s “Public Intellectuals”
The Washington Post Book World, January 20, 2002
Between Generations: A Conversation with Morris Dickstein
Minnesota Review, #55-56 (2002)
Memories in Transit, On the Nostalgia Train
New York Times, June 29, 2001
A review of Carol Polsgrove’s “Divided Minds”
The Fire Last Time
The New York Times Book Review, June 24, 2001
Is Honor Up for Grabs?
The Washington Post, May 27, 2001
Review of Marjorie Garber's "Academic Instincts"
The Nation, May 21, 2001
You Say You Want an E-Book Revolution?
Time Digital, December, 2000
Hoping Web Success Strikes Twice: Denis Dutton's Cybereditions
The New York Times, November 11, 2000
New Media May Be Old Media’s Savior
Columbia Journalism Review, July/August, 2000
A Profile of Utah Governor Mike Leavitt
Utah's natural beauty isn't the only incentive for companies to locate in Gov. Mike Leavitt's state. A Mormon workforce is the other draw.
The Industry Standard, August 14, 2000
England’s Back Waters: Canal Boating on the Avon Ring
Along the canals of Avon, the landscape is the same as it ever was. Take a barge and drift past the Georgian houses of Shrewsbury and Upton, tie up near Shakespeare's mother's house, and step ashore for a cream tea. Just watch out for the goslings
Travel & Leisure, August, 2000
Adam Phillips and the New Freud
The New York Times, June 10, 2000
A Conversation with The Wall Street Journal’s Walter Mossberg
Rolling Stone, May 19, 2000
Review of Francis Stoner Saunders "The Cultural Cold War"
Salon, April 16, 2000
Review of Saul Bellow's "Ravelstein"
Talk, April 2000
Getting Alienated Freudians to Associate
The New York Times, March 25, 2000
Review of Michael Eric Dyson’s “I May Not Get There With You: The True Martin Luther King, Jr.”
The New York Times Book Review, January 23, 2000
Profile of Louise Patterson
The Red and the Black
The New York Times Magazine, January 2, 2000
Review of Richard Laskin’s Partisans: Marriage, Politics and Betrayal Among the New York Intellectuals
The New York Observer, December 20, 1999
Who Needs Philosophy?: A profile of Martha Nussbaum
The New York Times Magazine, November 21, 1999
The Birth of an Idea: A profile of Frank Sulloway
What do great leaders have in common? What about revolutionaries? After a quarter century of research, Frank Sulloway has discovered a very simple factor that may explain history.
The New Yorker, October 7, 1999
The season's literary "It" boy is two hundred and sixteen years old
The New Yorker Sept. 27, 1999, Talk of the Town
A Clean-plate club for the intrepid
The New Yorker, July 26, 1999
Review of Tony Hiss’s “The View from Alger’s Window: A Son’s Memoir
The New York Observer, June 7, 1999
Review of Jonathan Weiner’s “Time, Love, Memory: A Great Biologist and His Quest for the Origins of Behavior
Newsday, May 2, 1999
Thinking the Unthinkable: A profile of Niall Ferguson
A young historian proposes the the Great War was England's fault.
The New Yorker, April 12, 1999
Review of Norman Podhoretz’s “Ex-Friends: Falling Out with Allen Ginsberg, Lionel and Diana Trilling, Lillian Hellman, Hannah Arendt, and Norman Mailer”
The New York Observer, February 15, 1999
Who was the real Sybil?
The New Yorker, January 4, 1999
Powder Burn: Eco-Terrorism at Vail
Outside Magazine, January 1999
Enjoy Your Zizek: A profile of Slavoj Zizek
Lingua Franca, October 1998
Review of Ron Rosenbaum’s “Explaining Hitler: The Search for the Origins of His Evil”
Newsday, July 19, 1998
Review of Sylvia Nasar’s “A Beautiful Mind”
Newsday, June 14, 1998
Review of Richard Rorty’s “Achieving Our Country: Leftist Thought in Twentieth-Century America”
The Los Angeles Times Book Review, April 12, 1998
The Hollywood Way: A profile of Michael Lynton
Michael Lynton has a plan to make people buy more books.
The New Yorker, March 30, 1998
The Two Tonys: A profile of LSE’s Anthony Giddens
The New Yorker, October 6, 1997
Review of Jim Sleeper’s “Liberal Racism”
The New York Times Book Review, August 17, 1997
Review of Saul Bellow’s “The Actual” and Harriet Wasserman’s “Handsome Is: Adventures With Saul Bellow”
Newsday, May 25, 1997
The Lives of Robert Hughes
He’s the world’s most famous art critic, the potential of Václav Havel of Down Under, and a man ready to trace his own gunpowder trails.
The New Yorker, May 12, 1997
Review of Don Snyder’s “The Cliff Walk: A Memoir of a Job Lost and a Life Found”
Newsday, April 27, 1997
Review of Jane Kramer’s “The Politics of Memory”
Newsday, December 26, 1996
God and Harvard: A profile of Rev. Peter Gomes
Harvard's Peter Gomes is a conservative clergyman who says that the religious right is wrong. And the Bible is his evidence.
The New Yorker, November 11, 1996
Martin Bernal's Long Journey to Ithaca
Lingua Franca, November, 1996
Sue Mingus and Revenge Records
The New York Times Magazine, October 27, 1996
Literary Criticism and the Sensitive Guy
A review of Alfred Kazin's A Lifetime Burning in Every Moment
The New York Observer, May 27, 1996
A Lefty Reunion
The New Yorker, May 13, 1996
The Professor of Connection: A profile of Stanley Crouch
Few cultural critics have a vision as eclectic and intriguing as Stanley Crouch's. Fewer still actually fight to prove their points.
The New Yorker, November 6, 1995
Review of Jeffrey Meyers’ “Edmund Wilson: A Biography"
The Philadelphia Inquirer, July 4, 1995
Camille Paglia says Harvard’s Marjorie Garber symbolizes everything wrong with academia.
Boston Magazine, June, 1995
Loury's Exodus: A profile of Glenn Loury
Glenn Loury was an intellectual hero of the Reagan right until his double life brought him down. Now he's returning to the policy fray-with a new creed.
The New Yorker, May 1, 1995
The Routledge Revolution: Has Academic Publishing Gone Tabloid?
The rise of the academic left's in-house publisher
Lingua Franca, April 1995
The New Intellectuals
The Atlantic Monthly, March 1995
Review of Jerry Allen Potter and Fred Bost's "Fatal Justice: Reinvestigating the MacDonald Murders"
Newsday, February 12, 1995
Review of Ron Powers’ “The Cruel Radiance: Notes of a Prosewriter in a Visual Age”
Newsday, January 19, 1995
Review of Randall Rothenberg’s “Where the Suckers Moon: An Advertising Story”
Newsday, December 11, 1994
Till Press Do Us Part: The Trial of Janet Malcolm and Jeffrey Masson
Janet Malcolm's Journalistic Relationship With Analyst Jeffrey Masson Seemed as Intimate as Romance. No Wonder Their Recent Libel Trial Felt Like a Divorce.
The Village Voice, November 28, 1994
Review of John Edgar Wideman’s “Fatheralong: A Meditation on Fathers and Sons, Race and Society"
Newsday, October 23, 1994
Professor Derrick Bell: The Sage of Black Rage
The New York Observer, October 10, 1994
Review of Henry Louis Gates’ “Colored People: A Memoir”
The Chicago Tribune, July 17, 1994
Review of Erik Larson’s “Lethal Passage: How the Travels of a Single Handgun Expose the Roots of America’s Gun Crisis
Newsday, March 13, 1994
Review of Mel Watkins' "On The Real Side"
The Chicago Tribune, March 6, 1994
Review of Stephen Carter’s “The Culture of Disbelief: How American Law and Politics Trivialize Religious Devotion
Newsday, September 5, 1993 (front page)
Malcolm's Uncalled Witness
A Profile of Peter Swales
The New York Observer, May 24, 1993
Review of Cornel West's "Race Matters"
Newsday, April 25, 1993
Review of Paul Wilkes' Temptations and Jeanine Hathaway's Motherhouse
Newsday, February 7, 1993
Who's Afraid of Janet Malcolm?
Mirabella, November 1992
Profile of Jessica Mitford
Birth of a Nation
Newsday, December 13, 1992
Philosophy in the Woods
The Village Voice, September 17, 1991
Princeton's Public Intellectual
A profile of Cornel West
The New York Times Magazine, September 15, 1991
Review of Robert B. Westbrook's "John Dewey and American Democracy"
Newsday, August 6, 1991
The Burden of Profit
A Profile of Jonathan Galassi
Manhattan, inc., September 1990
A new breed of psychologists is teaching how to be a winner on Wall Street
Manhattan, inc. , August 1989
A conversation with Jonathan Schell
People's power vs. nuclear power