About Me


I'm Associate Professor of English at the University of Maryland, College Park.

I was a Humanities editor at LARB from 2012 to 2020.

I've written fiction, criticism, and reviews. I wrote the novel Pop Apocalypse (Ecco/HarperPerennial, 2009) and co-edited (with Sam Cohen) The Legacy of David Foster Wallace (University of Iowa Press, 2012).

Cool Characters: Irony and American Fiction was published in 2016 by Harvard University Press.

I’m finishing up The Last Samurai Reread for the Rereadings series at Columbia University Press. An edited collection I co-edited with Georgiana Banita called Artful Breakdowns: The Comics of Art Spiegelman is forthcoming from the Critical Approaches to Comics Artists series at University Press of Mississippi.

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