Essays

 
“On Necessary Nostalgia & Resistive Remembering,” FUTURE/PRESENT: Culture in a Changing America, Duke University Press, forthcoming Spring 2021.

‘‘Who Gets to Travel to 'Find Themselves'?”
The spirit of manifest destiny has been rebranded into the travelogue.
Published in Catapult, May 13, 2021

‘‘Guy Brett: 1942-2021”
Published in Artforum, February 17, 2021
 
‘‘We Paid For This Town”: The Legacy of Chicanx Punk in LA
Published in Hyperallergic, August 3, 2020

The Loneliest City
Laura Aguilar’s Southern California photography reveals the intimacy and the isolation that have always been part of the fabric of Los Angeles.
Published in Guernica, June 18, 2020

This is Fucky: Social Media Influencers are Turning Identity into a Form of Currency
Published in Bitch Media, January 28, 2020

Forest for the Trees
Published in Real Life Magazine, December 2, 2019
 
For Diasporic Writers, Nostalgia is a Powerful Tool for Engaging Home
Published in Literary Hub, September 20, 2019
 
Masculinity and Fatal Desire in The Skin I Live In
Published in The Rumpus, August 7, 2019

Goldplaited Organic: Millennials and the Sinister Appeal of the Ace Hotel
Published in The Offing, February 28, 2019
 

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Writing the Political: Lessons from Best American Short Stories 2018

Published in Los Angeles  Review of Books Blog (BLARB), January 30, 2019