Political Reporting & Commentary


"Wrecking Ball," on Donald Trump, London Review of Books, 7 September 2017

"Trump Set Them Free," on Charlottesville, London Review of Books blog, 16 August 2017

"Out of Sight, Out of Mind," on mass incarceration, London Review of Books, 4 May 2017

"The Art of the Bigger Deal," London Review of Books blog, February 17, 2017

"The Deep State," London Review of Books blog, February 14, 2017"

"Obama Hoped to Transform the World. It Transformed Him,"
New York Times , January 12, 2017

"The Nightmare Begins," an essay on Trump's victory, London Review of Books, November 10, 2016

"How Obama's Presidency Provoked a White Backlash, and Rekindled a Spirit of Black Resistance," Los Angeles Times, October 30, 2016

"Stranger Still," a profile of Kamel Daoud
New York Times Magazine, 2015


"The Daoud Affair"
London Review of Books, 2016

"The Life and Death of Juliano Mer-Khamis"
London Review of Books, 2013

"Magical Thinking About ISIS"
London Review of Books, 2015

"How did we end up here?"
London Review of Books Blog, 2016

"Moral Clarity"
London Review of Books Blog, 2015

"Writers or Missionaries?"
The Nation, 2014

"Israel's Putinisation"
London Review of Books, 2016

"Kamasi Washington's Giant Step"
New York Times Magazine, 2016

"Freddie Gray"
London Review of Books, 2015

"Diary," on the elections in Egypt
London Review of Books, 2012

"Is Palestine Next?"
London Review of Books, 2011

"Iraq-Syria"
London Review of Books blog, 2013

"Egypt's Counter-Revolution,"
London Review of Books blog, 2013

"After Egypt"
London Review of Books, 2011

"After Mubarak"
London Review of Books, 2011

"Mubarak's Last Breath," a report from Cairo just before the revolution
London Review of Books, 2010

"In Search of Hezbollah, Part I"
"In Search of Hezbollah, Part II"
New York Review of Books, 2004

"Algeria's Failed Revolution"
New York Review of Books, 2003

"The Torture of Algiers," on the memory of Algerian War in France
New York Review of Books, 2002

"The Native Informant," on Fouad Ajami
The Nation, 2003

"The Left and 9/11"
The Nation, 2002

"Okwui Enzor's Really Big Show"
New York Times Magazine, 2002

"Glenn Loury's About Face"
New York Times Magazine, 2002

"The Thernstroms in Black and White,"
on Abigail and Stephan Thernstrom
The American Prospect, 2001

Adrian Piper
Lingua Franca, 1998
(not online)

"The American Earthquake: Mike Davis and the Politics of Disaster"
Lingua Franca, 1997