Essays and Reviews

Essays and Reviews


“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.

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