Selected Essays and Articles

“Visionary Tattoo” (catalog essay forBody Electric exhibition 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.

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

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

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

“Remembering Obama at Occidental” (personal essay/slideshow), The New Yorker, October 3, 2012.

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

“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. (essay) 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).

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

“‘Shrek’ is not Shrek,” (May 24, 2001).

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

Singing the Pink Blues: Why Do Makers of Toys and Video Games Still Practice Segregation? (December 13, 1999).

Wake up, Sleeping Beauty!” (August 20, 1999). Classic fairy tales get a feminist makeover for parents who don’t like their princesses tricked out, locked up, or comatose.

Selected Book Reviews

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

Pen and Ink by Issac Fitzgerald and Wendy MacNaughton (book review), San Francisco Chronicle, Oct. 2, 2014.

“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).

The Hunger Artist (review of The Fasting Girl by Michelle Stacy), The Village Voice (April 17-23, 2002).

“Boulevard of Broken Dreams” (review of Babe in Paradise by Marisa Silver), The Village Voice Literary Supplement (July 17, 2001).

“Ghost Wings” by Barbara M. Joosse, The New York Times Book Review (October 21, 2001).

“Pretty in Ink, The Village Voice (October 17, 2000).