Freelance writer. Contributing editor to THE BAFFLER. Book critic, features writer, and columnist for THE BOSTON GLOBE.  Recently published or soon-to-be published in BOSTON MAGAZINE, BOOKFORUM, THE COLUMBIA JOURNALISM REVIEW, HARPER'S MAGAZINE, and THE NATION. Former staff writer for THE BOSTON PHOENIX (R.I.P.).

I grew up in Chicago and lived there until a few years ago. I worked in bookstores for a little over a decade (here's what I made of it) and wrote for a number of small publications that no longer exist. I now live in Somerville, Massachusetts with my husband and two silly cats.

You can read an interview with me in the University of Chicago alumni magazine here and watch me discuss books while sitting awkwardly by a swimming pool here. I recently appeared on Sam Seder's "The Majority Report" to discuss my latest piece for Harper's Magazine and on the WBUR show "Radio Boston" to talk about the weekend I tried and failed to avoid the internet.