Essays & Features
"Watching Her Watching Him" An essay on artist Lea Lublin's radical 1968 performance Mon fils, where childcare became art. Supervision: On Motherhood and Surveillance
"Working It"A review of Working Girl and Whorephobia, two books about sex work and art.Momus
"Careworn"An essay on eldercare memoirs, and mothers and daughtersn+1
"Beautiful, Lonely, and Degraded: Gavin Lambert's LA"In his 1979 novel The Goodby People, he finds a picturesque city defined by its sense of disconnection and immense sadness.
"The Most Dangerous Architect in America"Gregory Ain wanted to create social housing in Los Angeles. Dogged by the FBI, his hope for more egalitarian architecture never came to be.The Nation
"Dennis Cooper's Love Story of a Lifetime"His new book, I Wished, asks: What can a novel do in the service of remembering a lost love?
"Mythos and Cliché: The Fractured History of Los Angeles"Learning from and reckoning with the stories writers tell about a world-historical city.The Nation
"We Must Write Well: On Cecilia Pavón’s Little Joy"A review of Little Joy, the first collection of short stories by the great Argentine writer Cecilia Pavón to be published in English.Los Angeles Review Of Books
"Echos From The Edge" On David WojnarowiczX-TRA
"Public Access"On the five decade-long career of photographer Anthony Hernandez.Art in America
"The Vanishing Queer Underground of Los Angeles"Reynaldo Rivera’s photos of the city's nightlife document a time of cheap rent and possibility.The Nation
"Angelyne"An audio piece on my run-ins with Angelyne, the mysterious billboard queen of Los Angeles, for KCRW's The Organist. Listen here And here for a discussion of the story on KCRW's Press PlayKCRW
"A Life In One Day"A review of Christa Wolf's One Day A YearLos Angeles Review Of Books
"Streetwalker"About women walking in the city and Lauren Elikin's book Flâneuse.Los Angeles Review of Books
"Lost Enchantment"Interior designer Tony Duquette was known for bedazzling style. A short-lived Malibu ranch would have been his crown jewel.Art Los Angeles Reader
"Picturing La Petite Mort"Aura Rosenberg's Headshots (1991-1996)X-TRA
"Beyond The Muscle"An essay on Bob Mizer, legendary physique photographer and the creator of Physique Pictorial, America's first gay magazine. East of Borneo
"River Work"An essay about some recent art featuring the Los Angeles River.Art Los Angeles Reader
"Homesick: On Larry Sultan At LACMA"An essay about the photographer Larry Sultan.Los Angeles Review of Books
"Heart, Soul, Mind, Cunt"On the artist Dorothy IannoneX-TRA
"Art on Air"An essay about the L.A. underground radio Station KCHUNG (And listen to KCHUNG here!)East of Borneo
"The Ballad Continues: On Nan Goldin"Revisiting The Ballad of Sexual Dependency.
Los Angeles Review of Books
Los Angeles Review of Books
"Humaness Always Comes First" An essay about the amazing Beat-era poet, artist, and spiritual leader Bob Alexander and his Temple of Man in Venice, California.East of Borneo
"Us against US"An essay on my tangled obsession with Us Weekly.Public Fiction
"What Do We Know of Death"An essay on a trip to Buenos Aires, the untimely death of a friend, and the writing of Sam D’Alessandro. Published in the first issue of Night Papers.