PUBLICATIONS

NEW FICTION

“American Madrassa” — Arcturus (October 22, 2018)

 

NEW NONFICTION

“The 2020 Election: Narrative vs Data” — Medium (May 10, 2019)

“In Defense of a Literary Canon” — The Kenyon Review blog (April 26, 2019)

“Do We Write for Others or For Ourselves” — The Kenyon Review blog (April 22, 2019)

“Why I Love and Hate Game of Thrones” — Medium (April 10, 2019)

 

OTHER FICTION

“The World’s Secret Heartbeat” — Metaphorosis (December 2016)

“The Janissary” — The Massachusetts Review (Summer 2016)

 

OTHER NONFICTION

“On Mixed Metaphors in Gorgani’s Vis and Ramin” — The Kenyon Review blog (April 5, 2019)

“In Defense of Walter Scott, Part 2” — The Kenyon Review blog (March 15, 2019)

“On Novels that Span a Lifetime” — The Kenyon Review blog (March 5, 2019)

“In Defense of On the Road” — The Kenyon Review blog (February 27, 2019)

“On George Orwell and Sensory Detail in Writing” — The Kenyon Review blog (February 13, 2019)

“On Subtlety and Meaning in Fiction” — The Kenyon Review blog (January 29, 2019)

“On Borges’s ‘The Secret Miracle'” — The Kenyon Review blog (January 23, 2019)

“On the Creative Value of Unproductive Time” — The Kenyon Review blog (January 16, 2019)

“On the Three-Act Structure”The Kenyon Review blog (January 11, 2019)

“On Rereading Books” — The Kenyon Review blog (December 28, 2019)

“On Character Motivation: The Personal vs The Political” — The Kenyon Review blog (December 19, 2019)

“In Defense of Long Sentences” — The Kenyon Review blog (December 12, 2018)

“Should Writers Be Conscious of the Artistic Movements of Their Time?” — The Kenyon Review blog (December 3, 2018)

“In Defense of Walter Scott” — The Kenyon Review blog (November 29, 2018)

“On Why I Like Travel Writing” — The Kenyon Review blog (November 15, 2018)

“On Titles” — The Kenyon Review blog (November 6, 2018)

“On Character Names” — The Kenyon Review blog (October 26, 2018)

“E.M. Forster on Fantasy and Prophecy” — The Kenyon Review blog (October 25, 2018)

“Was Philip Roth a White Male Author?” — The Kenyon Review blog (October 15, 2018)

“On The English Patient” — The Kenyon Review blog (October 8, 2018)

“On Writing What You Know” — The Kenyon Review blog (October 1, 2018)

“How to Write an Ideological Novel” — The Kenyon Review blog (September 20, 2018)

“On Accessibility in Historical Fiction” — The Kenyon Review blog (September 17, 2018)

“Are Characters Real People?”The Kenyon Review blog (September 7, 2018)

“In Defense of Flat Characters” — The Kenyon Review blog (August 27, 2018)

“How Many Books Should a Fiction Writer Read in a Year?” — The Kenyon Review blog (August 21, 2018)

“On ‘Ethnic Fiction'” — The Kenyon Review blog (August 13, 2018)

“On Beginnings” — The Kenyon Review blog (August 6, 2018)

“On Endings” — The Kenyon Review blog (July 30, 2018)

“On The Comic Novel”The Kenyon Review blog (July 24, 2018)

“In Defense of Long Descriptions” — The Kenyon Review blog (July 18, 2018)

“Thanos, Disney, and the Invisible Hand” — Medium (July 12, 2018)

“On A Novel’s First Line”— The Kenyon Review blog (July 10, 2018)

“Against the Single Effect” — The Kenyon Review blog (June 30, 2018)

“How Fiction ‘Works'”— The Kenyon Review blog (June 28, 2018)

“On Aesthetics and Politics: Alisa Ganieva’s The Mountain and the Wall— The Kenyon Review blog (June 19, 2018)

“The Force Slumbers” — Medium (June, 14, 2018)

“Against the Nineteenth-Century Novel” — The Kenyon Review blog (June 11, 2018)

“Should Fiction Writers Study Literary Theory?” — The Kenyon Review blog (May 31, 2018)

“On ‘The Death of the Novel'” — The Kenyon Review blog (May 24, 2018)

“On Character Motivation” — The Kenyon Review Blog (May 18, 2018)

“On Historical Accuracy in Historical Fiction” — The Kenyon Review Blog (May 14, 2018)

“Omniscience, Paranoia, and Postmodern Fiction” — The Kenyon Review Blog (May 2, 2018)

“Fiction as Atonement” — The Kenyon Review Blog (April 23, 2018)

“Against Relateability” The Kenyon Review Blog (April 13, 2018)

“In Defense of ‘Show Don’t Tell'”The Kenyon Review Blog (April 6, 2018)

“Travel Journal: Washington, D.C., February 2017 — Selected Entries”— Medium (December 11, 2017)

“Proportionally Responding Till the End of History” — Medium (April 13, 2017)

“Ressentiment Past and Present: On Pankaj Mishra’s The Age of Anger — Medium (April 5, 2017)

“Our America: Reading Horatio Alger in Karachi” — The Massachusetts Review (March 2, 2017)

“Travel Journal: Stockholm, December 2016 — Selected Entries” — Medium (February 28, 2017)

“Travel Journal: Copenhagen, December 2016 — Selected Entries” — Medium (January 12, 2017)

“Travel Journal: Japan, August/September 2015 — Selected Entries” — Medium (September 7, 2016)

“Islam is Part of ‘The West'” — Medium (September 4, 2016)

“The DNC and the Importance of Seeming Earnest” — Medium (July 29, 2016)

“Artistic License in Vikings, Black Sails, and Da Vinci’s Demons: When Historical Inaccuracy Improves Art” — The Los Angeles Review of Books (May 30, 2014)

“The Utopian News Program: The Hour and The Newsroom — The Los Angeles Review of Books (October 15, 2013)

“Coup and Revolution: Egypt and the Al Jazeera Journalists” — Future Foreign Policy (August 20, 2013)

“Hassan Rowhani: A Reformist Candidate in the Iranian Elections” — Future Foreign Policy (May 9, 2013)

“The Rebellion in Mali: The “Arab” Spring Continued” — Future Foreign Policy (February 13, 2013)