Other Writing


“Graceless,” The Immanent Frame (in the “Is This All There Is?” forum), January 8, 2018

“Say Chi City,” Public Books, November 22, 2017

“Same Drugs,” Avidly, June 27, 2017

Thugs Scum Punks Freaks,” Avidly, February 23, 2017

My Thoughts Are Murder,” Avidly, December 9, 2016

Is There God After Prince?The Los Angeles Review of Books, April 22, 2016

Our Noise,” Avidly, April 18, 2016

Ghost Stories; or, What To Do With the Words You Do Not Have,” Avidly, June 25, 2015  (linked in the New York Times What We’re Reading Now,” 3 July 2015)

Difficult Love,” The Los Angeles Review of Books, February 1, 2015

On Chrissie Hynde’s cover of Radiohead’s “Creep,” Critical Karaoke 2014 dossier, The Journal of Popular Music Studies, October 2014

Reading Jeter’s Joy,” Avidly, September 28, 2014

… and Circumstance,” The Los Angeles Review of Books, May 19, 2014

What Like Abandonment” (a response to John Modern’s “Vinyl Prayers”), Reverberations, January 10, 2014,

Easy,” Avidly, June 27, 2013

Love in the Ruins; or, Should I Go to Grad School?Avidly, November 13, 2012

The Talk That Does Not Do Nothing,” The Believer 10:6 (July-August 2012): 7-11.

Call Me Always,” Avidly, June 26, 2012, http://www.avidly.org/2012/06/26/call-me-always/.

“Talk, Talk,” Frieze 148 (June-July-August 2012): 23-24.


“The Wild Not Less Than the Good: Thoreau, Sex, Biopower,” GLQ 23-4 (Fall 2017): 509-532.

“Plural: Mormon Polygamy and the Biopolitics of Secularism,” History of the Present: A Journal of Critical History 7:2 (Fall 2017): 219-241.

Co-editor, with Jared Hickman, of “After the Postsecular,” a special issue of American Literature 86:4 (December 2014).

“The Pistol in the Suitcase: Motive, Temporality, Queer Youth Suicide,” ESC: English Studies in Canada 38:3-4 (2013): 63-82. Special double issue entitled “Childhood and Its Discontents,” ed. Natasha Hurley.

“Whitman’s Children,” PMLA 128:1 (2013): 73-86.

“The Sexual Child; or, This American Life,” Raritan 27:4 (Spring 2008): 134-157.

“How to Do Things with Joy,” theory@buffalo 12 (2008): 61-85. Special issue on “(Re)Visions of Excess: Language of the Outside”

“Poe In Love: Pedophilia, Morbidity, and the Logic of Slavery,” ELH – English Literary History 70:3 (Fall 2003): 875-901.

“Intimacy and Affliction: DuBois, Race, and Psychoanalysis,” MLQ – Modern Language Quarterly 64:1 (March 2003): 1-32.

“Intimate Nationality: Anonymity and Attachment in Whitman,” American Literature 73:1 (March 2001): 85-119.

For Peter Coviello’s CV, see here.