Essays
America
The Faith of Usain Bolt
The Keepers & Vatican II
Sor Juana Ines
The Young Pope
Bodies in Motion
Shards of Faith

The Atlantic
How Donnie Darko Captures the Spirit of Lent
The Exorcist and the Lost Art of Catholic Storytelling
Ghostwriter: The Most Literary ‘90s Kids Show
Revisiting The Power and the Glory During Lent
Why Writers Run

The Awl
The Nixon Poems
Don DeLillo’s End Zone is the Sports Film We Need in 2017

The Christian Century
The Strange Hope of Dystopian Fiction

Christianity Today
Searching for the Exit in The Twilight Zone
The Ninth Configuration

Commonweal
The Last Earnest Catholic Novel?
The Twenty Days of Turin
The Narrow Door
Mortal Affirmations: Rereading the Fiction of Andre Dubus

Google Play Editorial
Toni Morrison: Author Guide
Silent Stories for the Larger World
True Life and Death
Future Imperfect
Don DeLillo: Author Guide

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Artist of the Month profile
The Novel as God: The New Atheist Tradition in Fiction
Forward into the Dark

The Iowa Review
A Western in Fragments

Literary Hub
Trout Fishing in America at 50
In Praise of the Great Thom Jones
The Most Literary Book Ever Written About Bodybuilding
Oedipa Mass: Our Guide to Contemporary Paranoia
Don DeLillo’s Deep Italian-American Roots
The Consumerist Canon
A Reading List for Pope Francis
Great Writing that Gazes Skyward
The Pleasures of Destroying a Good Book
On Our Fascination with Twins
In Defense of the Poet Laureate

The Millions
I’ve been a staff writer for The Millions since 2013, contributing 2 essays a month to the site. Here are my collected contributions (over 50 essays). Below are some of my most widely shared essays.
50 Reasons Why You Should Read Joy Williams
Burn After Reading: On Writerly Self-Immolation
The Art of the Strange Writing Exercise
Summer is Over: On John Cheever’s ‘The Swimmer’”
Letters From No: Writers on Their Most Formative Rejections
The Long, Lonely Walk: Hallways in Horror Films
Difficult, Dated, Frustrating, Prophetic: Teaching Thomas Pynchon
Praise the Colophon: Twenty Notes on Type
A Literary Reader for Lent
The Last English Teacher
On Vertical Writing and Living
Practical Art: On Teaching the Business of Creative Writing
55 Thoughts for English Teachers
On Literary Sentiment
Sacrament of Fiction
Got an MFA? Teach High School
On Getting Paid

The Paris Review
Revisiting Ron Hansen’s Mariette in Ecstasy

Rolling Stone
The Story Behind Nike’s Controversial ‘Revolution’ Commercial
How Professional Athletes Deal With Bench Boredom
How New Jersey Devils Became Last Demonic Team in Pro Sports
“Why It’s Time to Stop Asking Allen Iverson About ‘Practice’”

The Sewanee Review
Does Belief Matter in Fiction?

The Quarterly Conversation
Let me make a snowman”: John Gardner, William Gass, and “The Pedersen Kid

U.S. Catholic
Sor Juana de la Cruz: First Feminist of the New World
Why Running Can Be Prayer
Gerard Manley Hopkins’s Strange and Pious Lens

Fiction
Esquire
Never, Ever Bring This Up Again

The Kenyon Review
The Bearberry Elegies

Shenandoah
The Cribbing Collar

Poetry
The Collagist
Jill

Commonweal
The New Owners

HTMLGIANT
The Mime Has Stigmata

Verse Daily
The Mailman