Lily Houston Smith

Audio Producer | Podcast Editor | Essayist | Critic | Reporter


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

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


Guernica, Cat Dreams

The Rumpus, The Last Book I Loved: Kurt Vonnegut’s Slapstick and the Shifting of Cultural Values

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

Laid Off NYC, How to Survive a Late Capitalist Hellscape


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


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

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


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