Other Writing

Other Writing

Short Fiction

“In the Bank.” included in The Silver Waves of Summer, David Olsen, ed., Kelp Books, 2021.

“Panorama City.” A Public Space, issue #12, 2011. *Special Mention, Pushcart Prizes XXXVII*

“Everyone Else.” The Paris Review, issue #171, fall 2004. *Special Mention, Pushcart Prizes XXX* *National Magazine Award Finalist*

“Alva Oak, 1959.” Blue Mesa Review, issue #16, 2004.

“Sentimental Recollection.” Gutcult, issue #3 Winter/Spring 2003/2004.

“Ground Control to Magic Town.” Quarterly West, issue #56 Spring/Summer 2003.

“Home, James, and Don’t Spare the Horses.” Best New American Voices 2001, Guest Editor, Charles Baxter, 2001.

“Photog!” StoryQuarterly, issue #37, 2001.

“It Is the Business of the Future to Be Dangerous.” Madison Review, v. 23 n. 1, Fall 2001.

“Found on Ground at L.A. Zoo.” Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies, volume 18, 1999.

True Stories

“No Alzheimer’s in India.” included in Eat Joy, Natalie Eve Garrett, ed., Catapult Press, 2019.

“For Sarah.” The Paris Review Online, May 18, 2018.

“Sand In My Joints.” Underwater New York and Trop, 2014.

“Valhalla.” A Public Space, issue #9, Winter 2009.

“In Boca.” A Public Space, issue #1, Spring 2006.

Essays and Reviews


The Pleasures of Tsundoku, Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Book Piles. LitHub,July 28, 2021.

“Notes on Hack.” Los Angeles Review of Books, November 20, 2011.


The Wrong Stuff: Antoine Wilson Reviews Guillame Abruzzo’s Cynical Space Nightmare Mine – in which I review a film I made up.

Research Notes (at Steve Himmer’s Necessary Fiction) – in which I provide actual JPEGs to go with passages from PANORAMA CITY.

What’s the First Thing You Ever Made, Antoine Wilson? (at The Project Room) – in which I answer that question.

Book Notes Playlist for PANORAMA CITY (at Largehearted Boy) – in which I provide some tunes to go with my novel.

My First Time (at David Abrams’ The Quivering Pen) – in which I describe unboxing THE INTERLOPER for the first time.

Writers Recommend (at Poets & Writers) – in which I recommend surfing as a supplement to the writing life.

My Top 10 Narrators in Literature (at Publisher’s Weekly) – in which I betray some biases, for good or ill.

You’re Doing It Wrong: Video Games vs. Books, Part 1 (at Booklist) – in which Patrick Somerville and I go head-to-head on video games versus books. Here’s Part 2, where things get really crazy.

When We Fell in Love (at 3 Guys 1 Book) – in which I name-check the early influence of Auster, Pynchon, and Baldwin.

My Book, the Movie – in which I dream-cast a movie of my novel.


The Mark and the Void by Paul Murray. New York Times Times, December 10, 2015.

Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan. San Francisco Chronicle, July 23, 2015.

Mary Coin by Marisa Silver. New York Times Times, April 14, 2013.

The Golden Shore by David Helvarg. San Francisco Chronicle, February 22, 2013.

This Wicked World by Richard Lange. Los Angeles Times, July 5, 2009.

All About Lulu: A Novel by Jonathan Evison. Los Angeles Times, August 3, 2008.

The Boat by Nam Le. Los Angeles Times, July 6, 2008.

God’s Middle Finger: Into the Lawless Heart of the Sierra Madre by Richard Grant. Los Angeles Times, Mar 9, 2008.

The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World by Eric Weiner. Los Angeles Times, Jan 27, 2008.

Remainder by Tom McCarthy; The Quarterly Conversation, Fall 2007

Fields of Asphodel, A Novel by Tito Perdue. Los Angeles Times, Jul 15, 2007.

Petropolis: A Novel by Anya Ulinich. Los Angeles Times, Feb 18, 2007.

Washed Up: The Curious Journeys of Flotsam and Jetsam by Skye Moody. Los Angeles Times, Nov 26, 2006.

Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman: Twenty-Five Stories by Haruki Murakami. Los Angeles Times, Sep 10, 2006.

Surfing’s Greatest Misadventures: Dropping In on the Unexpected Edited by Paul Diamond and Tyler McMahon; and West of Jesus: Surfing, Science, and the Origins of Belief by Steven Kotler. Los Angeles Times, Jun 11, 2006.