first book is called Friday Was the Bomb. It's a collection of essays and will be published by Dzanc in May 2014. For Dzanc's 2013-2014 Nonfiction Award, he will serve as final judge.
He is a contributing editor to The Los Angeles Review of Books.
He has contributed essays, fiction, and criticism to Harper's, GQ, The New York Times, The New Republic, Financial Times, Virginia Quarterly Review, Bon Appetit, The Paris Review, Salon, Slate, Bookforum, Columbia Journalism Review, Al Jazeera America, Tin House's blog, American Circus, The Morning News, The New Inquiry, The Millions, Roads & Kingdoms, Electric Literature, The Daily Beast, The Awl, the World Policy Journal blog, The Village Voice, TheAtlantic.com, True/Slant, The Review, The Caravan, Aeon, and Brown Alumni Magazine.
He is an MFA candidate at the University of Tampa. This fall, he is teaching creative writing at Deep Springs College.
He walked from New York to New Orleans, a nearly 2,000-mile trip that required five months, four quarts of sunscreen, and three pairs of shoes. (Listen to an interview about the walk with American Routes host Nick Spitzer.)
He has three times been invited to read for True Story: The KGB Nonfiction Reading Series. Appearing alongside author Anna Ciezadlo, he helped conclude the 2010 edition, reading articles from Yemen and Saudi Arabia. (Listen to an official WNYC recording of the reading.) His third reading was on January 15, 2013, with Phillip Lopate.
He was an editor at Rolling Stone and, before that, The Village Voice.
He has worked as a freelance foreign correspondent in the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and the former Soviet Union.
He was a regular contributor to The Review, a weekly cultural supplement to The National in Abu Dhabi. The editors of that section were Jonathan Shainin, Peter Baker, and John Gravois. Reihan Salam called the weekly publication a "younger, radder New York Review of Books."
He was a foreign correspondent based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, for the short-lived news portal True/Slant.
He was an intern for legendary New York City reporter Wayne Barrett.
He was an editor at Tempo, Indonesia's weekly news magazine.
He was a five-time guest of the Summer Literary Seminars in St. Petersburg, Russia.
He was an editor at The Cambodia Daily.
He worked at a magazine when it was still in Boston and known as The Atlantic Monthly.