Lily Houston Smith


Essays

The Atlantic, ‘I’ve Seen Several Giants Die on My Land’

Lapham’s Quarterly, Work the Lazy Way

Guernica, Cat Dreams (featured on Book Jotter’s weekly round-up)

The Rumpus, The Last Book I Loved: Kurt Vonnegut’s Slapstick and the Shifting of Cultural Values (featured on the Poets & Writers Daily News round-up)

Soft Punk Magazine, Glimpsing Self-Mastery: A Devout Over-Groomer Reviews the Callus Shaver

Laid Off NYC, How to Survive a Late Capitalist Hellscape


Book Reviews

LA Review of Books, As Lost as the Rest of Us: On Jeff Deutsch’s “In Praise of Good Bookstores”

Chicago Review of Books, Talking to Ghosts in “Passersthrough”

Chicago Review of Books, Conspiracy Theories and Millennial Anxiety in “MONARCH” 

Chicago Review of Books, The Violence of Photography in Stephanie Gangi’s “Carry the Dog”

Chicago Review of Books, The Downside to Upgrading in “The Body Scout”

LA Review of Books, Growing Up Fast, Never Growing Up: On Erika Schickel’s “The Big Hurt”

The Rumpus, Panic Mode: The Influencing Machine by Brooke Gladstone and Josh Neufeld

Soft Punk Magazine, Much to be Desired: Clare Sestanovich’s Objects of Desire Doesn’t Quite Satiate

Laid Off NYC, READING LIST: Novels to Help You Prepare for the End Times

Vol.1 Brooklyn, Vulgar Translation: “The Trojan Women” by Anne Carson and Rosanna Bruno

Soft Punk Magazine, Wavering Fixations: Alison Bechdel’s The Secret to Superhuman Strength Wobbles Under its Own Weight

Laid Off NYC, READING LIST: For Those of Us Who Are Unsure if Our Lockdown Drinking Has Gotten Out of Hand


Interviews and Reporting

Insider, A recruiter for IBM breaks down how to get a job at the company

Curatorial Affairs, Little Seeds of Your Bones: Amy Bravo

The Fine Print, Inside The Fine Print’s Inaugural Subscribers, Sources, and Friends Mixer

The Rumpus, Starting with Fire: A Conversation with Mai Der Vang

Soft Punk Magazine, “This Matrix of Consumption” — Alexandra Kleeman

Cleveland Review of Books, Freedom and Space: In Conversation with New Yorker Cartoonist Will McPhail

Laid Off NYC, Music, Grief and Community: In Conversation with Alyssa Joseph

Laid Off NYC, An Infinity of Worlds: In Conversation with Joshua Jelly-Schapiro


Editorial

Sara Krolewski, Beautiful World, Dreary Prospects: On Sally Rooney’s Faltering Vision of Heterosexuality

Leah Williams, READING LIST: Five Books of Fiction to Rekindle Your Love of Learning

Olive Esther Kuhn, Reading by the Light of Pedro Lemebel’s Flame

Leah Williams, READING LIST: Books To Yearn To

Sara Krolewski, The Broken Promises of the Academy: Christine Smallwood’s ‘The Life of the Mind’

Guillermo Manning, David Rattray, Contemplating the Fire

Erin Winseman, Diarists and Catastrophe

Emma Baker, Unbearable Ennui: On Lauren Oyler’s ‘Fake Accounts’

Sara Krolewski, Untreated Wounds: On Consent and the #MeToo Memoir

Guillermo Manning, Italian Transformation