David Foster Wallace’s Balancing Books: Fictions of Value. Columbia University Press, 2017.

Pynchon’s Against the Day: A Corrupted Pilgrim’s Guide.  Co-editor (with Christopher Leise), University of Delaware Press, 2011.


“‘Listen’: Wallace’s Short Story Endings and the Art of Falling Silent.” The Journal of David Foster Wallace Studies, Special issue on the short fiction, eds. Alice Bennett and Peter Sloane. 22 TS pp. Forthcoming in 2019.

“‘Where all the paperwork’s done’: Pynchon’s Critique of Contracts.” Textual Practice, Special issue on “Pynchonomics,” edited by Douglas Haynes and Joanna Freer. 25 TS pp. Forthcoming in 2019.

“‘Is it like a beat without a melody?’: Rap and Revolution in Hamilton,” Studies in Musical Theatre (Special Issue on Hamilton, ed. Peter Kunze) 12, no. 2 (2018): 141-152.

“‘A City of the Future’: Gravity’s Rainbow and the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair.” Twentieth-Century Literature 62, no. 2 (June 2016): 145-169. [Extensively quoted and featured in Tim Appelo, “How Thomas Pynchon Turned Seattle into Nazi Germany,” Seattle Magazine, February 2017 (print and online).]

“Collision, Illinois: David Foster Wallace and the Value of Insurance.” Modern Fiction Studies 62, no. 1 (Spring 2016): 136-156.

“‘Playing father son and holocaust’: The Imagination of Totalitarian Oppression in the Works of John Edgar Wideman.” MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States 41, no. 1 (Spring 2016): 72-92.

“‘Blank as the faces on coins’: Currency and Embodied Value(s) in David Foster Wallace’s The Pale King.” Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction 57, no. 1 (2016): 52-66.

“David Foster Wallace, James Wood, and a Source for ‘Irrelevant’ Chris Fogle.” The Explicator 73, no. 2 (2015): 129-132.

“‘Say yes’: Consent, Marriage, and History in the Drama and Fiction of Suzan-Lori Parks.” The Review of Contemporary Fiction 33, no. 3 (Fall 2014): 178-194. Special issue: “Novel-Writing Playwrights and Playwriting Novelists,” ed. Daniel Jernigan.

“In Fascism’s Footprint: The History of ‘Creeping’ and Vineland’s Poetics of Betrayal.” Pynchon Notes 56-57 (Spring-Fall 2009): 212-228.

“‘Get your map of America’: Tempering Dystopia and Learning Topography in The Plot Against America.” Studies in American Fiction 35, no. 2 (Autumn 2007): 221-239.

“The Untold Story Behind The Executioner’s Song: A Conversation with Lawrence Schiller.” The Mailer Review 1, no. 1 (Fall 2007): 81-117.


“Teaching the Wallace Oeuvre.” In Stephen J. Burn and Mary K. Holland, eds., Approaches to Teaching the Works of David Foster Wallace. MLA Approaches to Teaching Series (forthcoming, 2019). 18 TS pp.

“Class and Capitalism,” in Thomas Pynchon in Context, ed. Inger Dalsgaard. Cambridge University Press (forthcoming, 2019). 11 TS pp.

“‘Homer is my role model’: Father-Schlemiels, Sentimental Families, and Pynchon’s Affinities with The Simpsons,” in Pynchon, Sex, and Gender, Ali Chetwynd, Joanna Freer, and Georgios Maragos, eds. University of Georgia Press, 2018. 194-208.

“Wallace’s Nonfiction.” In The Cambridge Companion to David Foster Wallace, ed. Ralph Clare. Cambridge University Press, 2018. 111-125.

“Cutting Consciousness Down To Size: David Foster Wallace, Exformation, and the Scale of Encyclopedic Fiction.” In Scale in Literature and Culture, David Wittenberg and Michael Tavel Clarke, eds. Palgrave Macmillan, 2017. 281-303.

“‘We’ve been inside what we wanted all along’: David Foster Wallace’s Immanent Structures.” In Brynnar Swenson, ed., Literature and the Encounter with Immanence. Leiden, Netherlands: Brill Press, 2017. 8-29.

“On the red couch: Breaking Bad and the Refusal of Therapy.” In Leonard Engel and Matthew Wanat, eds., Critical Essays on Breaking Bad. University of New Mexico Press, 2016. 49-60.

“‘A terrible inertia’: Thomas Pynchon’s Cold War History of 9/11 and the War on Terror in Bleeding Edge.” In Victoria Bryan and Heather Pope, eds., Reflecting 9/11: New Narratives in Literature, Film, Television and Theatre. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2016. 77-95.

“Memorializing Post-9/11 New York in Jonathan Lethem’s Chronic City.” In Paul Petrovic, ed., Representing 9/11: Trauma, Ideology, and Nationalism in Literature, Film, and Television. Rowman & Littlefield, 2015. 17-27.

“Obama’s Voices: Politics and Performance on the Dreams from My Father Audiobook.” In Matthew Rubery, ed., Audiobooks, Literature, and Sound Studies. New York: Routledge, 2011. 159-177.

“‘The abstractions she was instructed to embody’: Women, Capitalism, and Artistic Representation in Against the Day.” In Jeffrey Severs and Christopher Leise, eds., Pynchon’s Against the Day: A Corrupted Pilgrim’s Guide. Newark, DE: University of Delaware Press, 2011. 215-238.


“Spectacles Vehement and Untutored and Rude: Reading David Foster Wallace in the Age of Trump.” Columbia University Press. February 22, 2017.

“An Interview with Jeffrey Severs, Author of David Foster Wallace’s Balancing Books: Fictions of Value.” Columbia University Press. February 21, 2017.

“Fifty Years with The Crying of Lot 49.” Studies in the Novel. 1 December 2015.


Catherine Morley, The Quest for Epic in Contemporary American Fiction: John Updike, Philip Roth and Don DeLillo (New York: Routledge, 2009), Studies in the Novel 43, no. 1 (Spring 2011): 126-128.

Stephanie S. Halldorson, The Hero in Contemporary American Fiction: The Works of Saul Bellow and Don DeLillo (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007), Studies in the Novel 42, no. 4 (Winter 2010): 484-485.

“Thomas Pynchon’s ‘Inherent Vice,’” Austin American-Statesman, August 2, 2009.

“Take My Vital Organs, Please!” (Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go), Austin American-Statesman, ­­­­­­­­April 17, 2005.

“John Edgar Wideman’s Treadmill of Racism” (John Edgar Wideman, God’s Gym), Austin American-Statesman, ­­­­­­­­February 6, 2005.

“Turn On Your Book Lite” (Mark Edmundson, Why Read?), Austin American-Statesman, ­­­­­­­­September 5, 2004.

“Wrang This, Wrang That” (James Kelman, You Have To Be Careful In The Land Of The Free), Texas Observer, August 13, 2004.

“James Wood, Literary Provocateur” (James Wood, The Irresponsible Self), Austin American-Statesman, ­­­­­­­­June 13, 2004.

“The Disney Channeler” (David Foster Wallace, Oblivion), Austin American-Statesman, ­­­­­­­­June 6, 2004.

“Author! Author!” (David Markson, Vanishing Point), Texas Observer, February 27, 2004.

“Modulations on Nostalgia” (Tobias Wolff, Old School), Texas Observer, January 16, 2004.

“Talking About Convergence” (David Foster Wallace, Everything and More: A Compact History of ∞), Texas Observer, November 7, 2003.

“Schools for Scandal” (Karl Iagnemma, On the Nature of Human Romantic Interaction), Texas Observer, August 1, 2003.

“Oblivious Pursuits” (Don DeLillo, Cosmopolis), Texas Observer, March 14, 2003.