Other Writing

“You think I could’ve been good?”: On Homeboy

I Wake Up Streaming, Southwest Review: #1: July 2020, #2: August 2020, #3: September 2020, #4: October 2020 (I Wake Up Screaming)

“I Don’t Feel Anything… Except Lost”: Steve Buscemi’s Trees Lounge as Melancholy Hangout Movie, Medium

Small Acts of Life: A Conversation with Courtney Marie Andrews, Southwest Review

On Justin Peter Kinkel-Schuster’s Take Heart, Take Care

“For My Father,” an essay included in Gather at the River: 25 Authors on Fishing, edited by David Joy and Eric Rickstad

“Screwball Noir: A Personal History,” Criminal Element

A Friend Is a Gift You Give Yourself Film Festival, CrimeReads

“Angie, I Says,” Medium

“A Bible of Bad Men,” The Strand Magazine

A Darkened Room #2: Love Streams, with Jimmy Cajoleas, Southwest Review

“It’s Later Than You Think,” Oxford American

A Darkened Room #1: First Reformed, with Jimmy Cajoleas, Southwest Review

“Wandering/Wondering,” Oxford American

“Writing New York City Noir to the Sound of Lou Reed,” CrimeReads

“This Small Corner,” Oxford American

Review of Stephen Mack Jones’s August SnowThe Clarion-Ledger

“You Can Find Your Voice By Loving Things,” Oxford American

“Chewing on Toothpicks,” Oxford American

“Only the Dead Know Brooklyn,” CrimeReads

Review of Michael Kardos’s Bluff, The Clarion-Ledger

“Chart of Obsessions,” Oxford American

“If the Blues Are Your Hunter,” Oxford American

On the Genius of Daniel Woodrell, the “Battle-Hardened Bard of Meth Country,” Literary Hub

Talking about Rectify and Horace and Pete, The Killing Times

CriMemoir, Hardboiled Wonderland

“Fulani Journey: Guelel Kumba’s Afrissippi Food Truck,” Gravy (Winter 2016)

“Lost in a Haunted Wood: Remembering the Holiday Cocktail Lounge,” Medium

“The N Train,” TROP

“Mystery Train: Making and Unmaking in the Rough South,” Gravy

“‘The Cock that Crowed’: Love and Failure in the Rough South of Charles Willeford,” Crime Factory 10

Julien Baker’s Sprained Ankle, The End of All Music blog

Craig Finn’s Faith in the Future and Okkervil River’s Black Sheep Boy, The End of All Music blog

Beach Slang’s The Things We Do to Find People Who Feel Like Us, The End of All Music blog

“Build Shit Right”: A Lost Interview with Water Liars, No Depression

“The Dave Van Ronk of SEC Country”: On Jake Xerxes Fussell, No Depression

Bio for Water Liars

“Magic Against Death”: Mississippi’s Water Liars, No Depression (originally Lent)

“Albums of Our Lives: Songs Ohia’s Magnolia Electric Co.” for The Rumpus

Review of Lori Jakiela’s Belief is Its Own Kind of Truth, MaybeNew Orleans Review

Review of Michael Kardos’s Before He Finds Her, The Clarion-Ledger

Review of Willy Vlautin’s The FreeL.A. Review of Books

Review of Mary Miller’s The Last Days of CaliforniaL.A. Review of Books

Review of Sara Gran’s Claire DeWitt and the Bohemian HighwayL.A. Review of Books

Review of Scott Phillips’s RakeL.A. Review of Books

Review of Dave Newman’s The Slaughterhouse PoemsCleaver Magazine

Review of Shawn Vestal’s Godforsaken IdahoL.A. Review of Books

Review of Richard Lange’s Angel BabyL.A. Review of Books

Review of Owen King’s Double FeatureSalon

Review of Owen King’s Double FeatureL.A. Review of Books

Review of Karen Russell’s Vampires in the Lemon GroveSalon

Review of Karen Russell’s Vampires in the Lemon GroveL.A. Review of Books

Review of Michael Kimball’s Michael Kimball Writes Your Life Story (On a Postcard)Sundog Lit

Review of Stephen Romano’s Resurrection ExpressGrift 

Review of Dave Newman’s Raymond Carver Will Not Raise Our ChildrenVol. 1 Brooklyn

Review of Dylan Nice’s Other KindsVol. 1 Brooklyn

Review of Mischa Hiller’s Shake Off, Mulholland Books (originally appeared in Grift)

Review of John Oliver Hodges’s War of the CraziesThe Writing Disorder

Sisters (1973), Goodbye Like a Bullet

Raw Deal (1948), Out of the Gutter

We Own the Night (2007), Out of the Gutter

The Yakuza (1974/75), Goodbye Like a Bullet

Underrated Brooklyn Crime Movies, Out of the Gutter

The Seven-Ups (1973), Goodbye Like a Bullet

Animal Kingdom (2010), Out of the Gutter

The Getaway (1972), Goodbye Like a Bullet

Narc (2002), Out of the Gutter

Act of Violence (1948), Out of the Gutter

Prime Cut (1972), Goodbye Like a Bullet

The Outfit (1973), Goodbye Like a Bullet

Straight Time (1978), Goodbye Like a Bullet