selected writing



Of Love and Blindness (The Point, June 2019)

The Photographs I've Never Seen (NYR Daily, February 2018)

Election Night (Newest York, January 2017)

Stolen Glasses: a graphic essay (The Paris Review, February 2016)

Who’s the Boss? (Buzzfeed, June 2015)

‘Nadja a Paris’ (with Nadja Tesich, NYR Daily, April 2015)

Synchronicity: The Meaning of Coincidence (Guernica, December 2014)

Meeting Joan Didion (The Paris Review, Oct 2012)

reporting & criticism:                                                     

The True Story of Rastafari (NYR Daily, January 2017)

Swagger & Pomp: Jamaica’s Dancehall Style (NYR Daily, October 2017)

Panic in Penn Station (Topic, September 2017)

Police Shooting: A Five-Year Quest for Justice (NYR Daily, February 2017)

I’ll Take Care of You Tonight (Dissent, October 2016)

Racecraft: Stories of Racial Passing (LARB, December 2014)

Will There Be Justice for Ramarley Graham? (The Nation, August 2013)

Kiese Laymon's Long Division (Boston Review, July 2013)

Sixty Million and More: Toni Morrison’s Beloved (Guernica, Oct 2012)

on photography:

Louis Mendes | Classic Street Photographer (New, December 2016)

The Psychological Portrait (NYR Daily, July 2016)

Images and the Internet (The Village Voice, June 2016)

What Does Innocence Look Like? (New, April 2016)

Fade Resistance (New, October 2015)

Q. Sakamaki and the Art of Socio-Photo Documentary (Longreads, May 2015)

An Interview with Ruddy Roye (Longreads, February 2015)

Ruddy Roye | Instagram Activist (Hycide, April 2014)

Shelf Life: The Disappearance of Darkness (The Nation, March 2013)

Radical Chic: New York’s Photo League (The Paris Review, Sept 2012)

NYR Daily newsletter interviews:

Anakwa Dwamena: closing Rikers & the future of NYC’s jails

Danny Lyon: photography & changing landscapes

Erin MacLeod & Christopher Alessandrini: dancehall & Louis Fratino

Garnette Cadogan: photography, football, & walking

Judith Shulevitz: forgotten feminisms

Molly Crabapple (1 & 2): family history & Puerto Rico

Namwali Serpell: art & empathy

Naomi Klein: the Green New Deal

Nicole Fleetwood & Catherine Bindman: John Edmonds & Maurice Sendak

Emily Raboteau: climate signs

Ruddy Roye & Jenny Uglow: photography & Czech art

Tammy Kim: Amazon & labor

Teju Cole: translation & how literature helps carry us

Vivian Gornick: Doris Lessing & cats