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My fiction debut, BORN SLIPPY: A NOVEL was released on January 14, 2020, from Repeater, and my bizarre essay AIMLESSNESS will come out from Columbia University Press in January 2021.

Besides Born Slippy, I am the author of three books of travel narrative — The Kindness of Strangers (fall 2021), And The Monkey Learned Nothing (2017), and Drinking Mare’s Milk on the Roof of the World (2016) the cultural histories Doing Nothing (2006) and Crying (2001); literary histories Cosmopolitan Vistas (2004) and American Nervousness, 1903 (1993); pieces for New York Times, LA Times, ZYZZYVA, Exquisite Corpse, New Republic, Salon, Black Clock, Iowa Review, and other places.

I’m a Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at the UC Riverside, the founding editor in chief of the Los Angeles Review of Books, founder of The LARB Radio Hour, The LARB Quarterly Journal, The LARB Publishing Workshop, and LARB Books. I am a part-time musician, a photographer (a collection, Portraits, is forthcoming), and a full-time dilettante. I live in Los Angeles.

Also visit ON THE ROOF OF THE WORLD, with photographs that accompany my travel books.