Selected Writing

Articles and Essays

“Visionary Tattoo,” Fluence Magazine, Issue 3. 2015. (catalog essay for “Body Electric” at Ricco/Maresca Gallery  Sep. 18-Oct. 25, 2014).

“Race Matters, The Chronicle of Higher Education, August 27, 2014.

“Ink sessions” (profile of Roxx 2Spirit) Aeon Magazine, January 10, 2014.

“Inkside Out:Visual Artists are Incoroporating Tattoo Imagery and Techniques into Their Art,” ARTnews, December 2012.

“More on ‘So,'” The Chronicle of Higher Education (Lingua Franca), December 19, 2011.

“A Blank Human Canvas: The Literary Tattoo Leaps from the Page to Living Parchment,” The Believer (Dec/Jan 2005-6).

“Who Are You Calling Ms.? Why Women Have Suddenly Rejected the Politically Charged Courtesy Title,” (July 27, 2000).

Personal Essays:
“Learning to Die,” The New York Times, September 30, 2015.

“My Most Spectacular Failure: A student transcends his circumstances but not his demons.” The Chronicle of Higher Education, Nov. 25, 2013: rodriguez3

“Remembering Obama at Occidental”, The New Yorker, October 3, 2012.

“The Scarlet V,” Proto Magazine (fall 2010). An essay about the beauty of an ugly scar.

“Life Stories Unlocked by Literature,” The Chronicle of Higher Education. May 25, 2009. life-stories1

“Teaching Daughters About Lollipop Politics: Li’l Wayne, Preteen Sex Educator,” Feministing, May 7, 2009.

“The Occidental Tourist” (Op Ed), from “The Places He Remembers: Postcards from Barack Obama’s Life,” The New York Times (January 18, 2009

Book Reviews

Man in Profile: Joseph Mitchell of The New Yorker (book review), San Francisco Chronicle, May 7, 2015.

“Hate the Brand, Love the Man: Why Ed Hardy Matters,” (essay) Los Angeles Review of Books, August 25, 2013.

“Body Language” (review of Body Type 2:More TypographicTattoos by Ina Saltz), The Las VegasWeekly (April 14, 2010).

“Mockingbird Sings” (review of Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee by Charles Shields), (June 6, 2006).

“The Real Calamity Jane” (review of Calamity Jane: The Woman and the Legend by James D. McLaird), (Dec. 6, 2005).

“The Bride Stripped Bare” (review of Baroness Elsa: Gender, Dada and Everyday Modernity by Irene Gammel), Bookforum (fall 2002).