Columnist at 3 Quarks Daily
Every 8th Monday
A series of essays on not knowing. Why we need to live with ignorance; why we need ignorance to live.
Up in the Air: Charles Durant and the Clairvoyants
LA Review of Books Quarterly Journal, April 2019
A balloonist debunks a spirit-traveler. Or does he?
The Immanent Frame, March 22, 2019
On Graham Jones’s Magic’s Reason, for the forum “Modernity’s Resonances: New Inquiries into the Secular”
The Secularist Killjoy
The Immanent Frame, February 22, 2019
A reply to Caleb Smith and Donovan Schaefer’s essays on Credulity, for the forum “Modernity’s Resonances: New Inquiries into the Secular”
He Blinded Me with Science
Lapham's Quarterly Online, August 29, 2018
Three presidents take the fight to mesmerism's founder. They lose.
Donald Trump, Mesmerist
New York Times op-ed, Sunday Review, August 5, 2018
Why doesn't debunking work? An answer from 19th-century stage hypnotism
'Tis he! The ass foretold me in my dream!
Lapham's Quarterly Online, July 19, 2018
A mock epic of the warring literati
Don't go back to Princeton
Review of Joyce Carol Oates's The Accursed, Public Books, October 22, 2013
Occult historical fiction and a cursed town in New Jersey