We Must Not Destroy Our History by Tearing Down Statues of Great Men Like Gothbag the TerribleMcSweeney’s

Why Mordor FailedForeign Policy

French Translation by Bérengère Viennot, Slate France

So You’re 35 and All Your Friends Have Already Shed Their Human SkinsMcSweeney’s

I’m Worried I’ll Never Get Around to Using All These Good Band NamesPoints in Case

Congratulations on Publishing Your First BabyThe Rumpus

Smaug vs. Durin’s Bane: Who Would Win in the Ultimate Dragon/Balrog Showdown?

How to Tell If You Are in a J.R.R. Tolkien Book … The Toast

The Illegitimacy of Aragorn’s Claim to the Throne … The Toast

The Most Metal Deaths in Middle-earth, Ranked … The Toast

How I Defeated the Tolkien Estate … The Toast

“Hilarious … Incredibly funny” – Charlie Jane Anders, io9



On Tsushima … Inaka: Portraits of Life in Rural Japan (Camphor Press)

The Coyote’s DanceTin House

Featured on Memoir Monday

While Teaching in Japan, It Took an Enemy to Make Me Feel at Home Catapult

Where the Stars Are Strange: J.R.R. Tolkien and Me Catapult

Teshima: On Hearing Loss, My Son, and the SeaCatapult

Featured on The Rumpus’s This Week In Essays

Tumbleweed  Down the Block: An Anthology of City Life (Metrolingua)



The Half-Real World of Ghost of TsushimaForeign Policy

The Mythical Endurance of Wile E. CoyoteVulture

Middle-earth’s Weirdest Movie: Rankin-Bass’ Animated The Return of the

Thor: Ragnarok Takes on Masculine Stereotypes and Shows Us a Better

What Amazon’s Lord of the Rings Maps Reveal About Its Middle-earth Prequel SeriesVulture

Movies of Middle-earth: Ralph Bakshi’s Animated The Lord of the Rings Shows the True Perils of

Movies of Middle-earth: Ralph Bakshi’s The Lord of the Rings Brought Tolkien from the Counterculture to the Big

The Dead and the Undead: James Joyce and the Origin of the Modern VampireUnbound Worlds

The Stars Are Isles: Moby-Dick‘s Enduring Influence on Science FictionUnbound Worlds

Movies of Middle-earth: 1977’s The Hobbit Showed Us the Future of Pop

The Gods and Spirits (and Totoros) of Miyazaki’s Fantasy Worlds

Review of Roxane Gay’s AyitiChicago Reader “Culture Vultures”



The Ghost of Grammy Goneril (audio story)  Cast of Wonders, Episode 140

The Ghost of Grammy Goneril … Underneath the Juniper Tree, Halloween 2013

Fangs  Spellbound, Fall 2013

Mab Ipswich and the Skull of Althazaar … Underneath the Juniper Tree, Summer 2012

The Web at the End of the Woods … Underneath the Juniper Tree, April 2012

Mab Ipswich Vs. Principal Goblinson  Underneath the Juniper Tree, March 2012

The Monster and Mab Ipswich  Underneath the Juniper Tree, Feb. 2012; Underneath the Juniper Tree 2012 Anthology

Mab Ipswich and the Stinking Storm  Underneath the Juniper Tree, Winter 2011

Mab Ipswich: The Wickedest Witch  Underneath the Juniper Tree, Nov. 2