Other Writings

I love to write fiction ... but I also write essays, articles, even poems, and the occasional play. Here are a few things I've published lately.

"Appropriating (F)acts in Feminist Fiction II: Juliet's Nurse" published by For Book's Sake, March 11, 2015.

Romeo is a Dirtbag. So Why is Romeo and Juliet the World's Favorite Love Story? published by The Huffington Post, February 10, 2015.

"Appropriating (F)acts in Feminist Fiction I: Excavating the Life of Mary Bowser" published by For Book's Sake, February 3, 2015.

"Who Put the Balcony in Romeo and Juliet" published by The Atlantic, October 28, 2014.

5 Novels Shakespeare Sort of Wrote published by The Daily Beast, October 10, 2014.

The Page 69 Test: 88 Words that Define a Novel published by the Campaign for the American Reader, October 14, 2014.


Shakespeare, Shmakespeare: Jews and the Bard
published by The Prosen People and the Jewish Book Council, October 4, 2014.

Romeo and Jewliet, or A Jewish Novelist Walks Into a Shakespeare Play published by The Prosen People and the Jewish Book Council, September 29. 2014.

Whole Lotta Shakespeare Going On published by Reading the Past, September 24, 2014.

Mazel Tov! Today you are a woman--at 13 and 3/4 years old! published by Dear Teen Me, September 25, 2014.

Forsooth Me Not published by the Powells Books Blog, September 15, 2014.

The Spy Photo that Fooled NPR, the US Army Intelligence Center, and Me published by The Atlantic on June 27, 2013.

How does history become compelling fiction? published on BlackPast.org March 6, 2013.

What can't a film like Lincoln do--that a historical novel can? published in the Chicago Tribune, February 24, 2012.

"Is Django Unchained shackled to Hollywood's past?" published in the Wall Street Journal's Speakeasy, December 20, 2012.

"An Ode to the King of Writerly Tools" published in The New York Times, November 13, 2012.

"The Paradox of Pluck: How Did Historical Fiction Become the New Feminist History?" published in the Los Angeles Review of Books, 30 September 2012.

"What, To a Novelist, Is the Fourth of July?" published in the Huffington Post, 3 July 2012.

"Sarah's Key, Mary's Secrets, and Truth That's Stranger Than Fiction," published by the Jewish Book Council, 28 June 2012.

"Funny, You Don't Book Jewish," published by The Daily Forward, 26 June 2012.

"A Black Spy in the Confederate White House," published in Disunion, The New York Times, 21 June 2012.

"Take the Juneteenth Challenge," published in The Huffington Post, 19 June 2012.

"The Mouthfeel of Fiction," published in Culinate, 5 June 2012.

"Sex Tips for Authors (Or, What Authors Trade Instead of Sex Tips)" published by Powell's Books, May 18, 2012.

"Fear of a Red Tractor" published by Powell's Books, May 17, 2012.

Judging a Book by Its Brazilian published by Powell's Books, May 16, 2012.

Hot-Wiring Nancy Pearl's Sedan published by Powell's Books, May 15, 2012.

How a Novel Happens published by Powell's Books, May 14, 2012.

"Richmond's Medical Miracle," published in Disunion, The New York Times, 23 November 2011.

"The Other Major Anderson," published in Disunion, The New York Times, 18 June 2011.

"The North of the South," published in Disunion, The New York Times, 24 January 2011.
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