In addition to my scholarly work, I also contribute essays and criticism to The Nation, Slate, Los Angeles Review of Books, Public Books, The Awl, Dissent, Jacobin, and other periodicals. Below you’ll find a selection of reported pieces, literary and film criticism, essays, and commentary.
- “The Catalonia Question.” Co-authored with Sebastiaan Faber. The Nation (October 23, 2017), 4.
A recap of the Catalan referendum, the police violence that ensued, and what may happen in the future between the Catalan Parlament and the Spanish central government.
- “Spanish Civil Wars.” Public Books, October 5, 2017.
On Cristina Sánchez-Andrade’s The Winterlings, Sebastià Alzamora’s Blood Crime, and the tensions over the meaning of “Iberia” in Spain and abroad.
- “Have Spain and Catalonia Reached a Point of No Return?” Co-authored with Sebastiaan Faber. The Nation, September 26, 2017.
On the Catalan referendum, Raphael Minder’s The Struggle for Catalonia, and the central government’s rekindling of images of Francoist repression.
- “Thus Bad Begins.” Full Stop, September 7, 2017.
On Javier Marías’s Thus Bad Begins, chauvinist violence in Spain, and the literary obsession with the law.
- “Mortifying Miniatures.” Los Angeles Review of Books, August 25, 2017.
On Andrés Barba’s Such Small Hands, the fascination with childhood psychology in Spanish culture, and the productive limits of narrative form.
- “Exotic Minutiae.” Slate, July 21, 2017.
On Antonio Muñoz Molina’s Like a Fading Shadow, the literary obsession with facts, and what counts as ‘historical memory’
- “Soccer for Intellectuals.” Public Books, June 2, 2017.
On Juan Villoro’s God Is Round, Karl Ove Knausgaard and Fredrik Ekelund’s Home and Away, and what a theory of literary soccer writing might look like.
- “Has Spain’s Podemos Party Squandered its Prospects?” Co-authored with Sebastiaan Faber. The Nation, March 1, 2017.
On the party’s second constituent assembly, the split between Pablo Iglesias and Íñigo Errejón, and the paralyzing attention to what happens in Madrid.
- “Two Almodóvars.” Los Angeles Review of Books, February 24, 2017.
On Almodóvar’s Julieta, its echoes of Spain’s economic crisis, and the filmmaker’s turn toward austerity.
- “The Civil War of Memory.” Los Angeles Review of Books, February 14, 2017.
On Mercè Rodoreda’s War, So Much War, literary impressionism, and reorienting narratives of the Spanish Civil War to the countryside.
- “Spain’s Socialists May Have Destroyed for Years the Chances of a Left-Wing Government.” Co-authored with Sebastiaan Faber. The Nation, November 4, 2016.
On the internal split in Spain’s Socialist Party, the predictability of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s new cabinet, and bleak short-term outlook for the left in Spain.
- “The Many Crimes of Jesús Gil.” Howler (Fall 2016), 99-107.
On Spain’s Donald Trump, corruption and the corporatization of soccer, and the illegal ownership of the country’s third-largest soccer team.
- “The Spanish-Speaking William F. Buckley.” Dissent, September 28, 2016.
On the Buckley family’s Hispanophilia, Buckley Jr.’s apologetics for Francisco Franco and Augusto Pinochet, and what an intellectual history of a secret language obsession might look like.
- “What Should the Olympics Sound Like?” The Awl, August 12, 2016.
On Montserrat Caballé and Freddy Mercury’s theme song for the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona and other hits from the genre.
- “Welcome to Sunny Barcelona, Where the Government Is Embracing Coops, Citizen Activism, and Solar Energy.” Co-authored with Sebastiaan Faber. The Nation, August 11, 2016.
On the first year of Ada Colau’s mayorship of Barcelona, the symbolic and material changes that have already occurred, and what citizen’s platforms have done to revolutionize the governance of Spain’s municipalities.
- “Spaniards Confront the Legacy of Civil War and Dictatorship.” Co-authored with Sebastiaan Faber. The Nation, July 18, 2016.
On the process of unearthing Franco’s victims, what has and hasn’t changed in the eighty years since he launched his coup d’état, and the meaning of ‘historical memory’ in Spain.
- “Did Brexit Help the Right Win in Spain?” Co-authored with Sebastiaan Faber. The Nation, June 29, 2016.
On the June 26th Spanish General Election, what Brexit had to do with the victory of the conservative Partido Popular, and what the disappointing result means for the left.
- “Could the Left Finally Win in Spain This June?” Co-authored with Sebastiaan Faber. The Nation, March 20, 2016.
On the outcome of the December 20th Spanish General Election, the meaning of the strong electoral result for the left for the next elections, and long-awaited electoral pact between Podemos and Izquierda Unida.
- “Will Spain Replace Its Old Guard in the December 20 Elections?” Co-authored with Sebastiaan Faber. The Nation, December 14, 2015.
On the dropping poll numbers for Podemos, the rising poll numbers for Ciudadanos, and what to expect after the December 20th Spanish General Election.
- “Will Catalonia’s Regional Elections Lead to the Break-Up of Spain?” Co-authored with Sebastiaan Faber. The Nation, September 24, 2015.
On the growing independence movement in Catalonia, the September 27th regional elections in the autonomous region, and the past, present, and future of Spain’s precarious nationhood.
- “The Spanish Media Are the Worst in Europe. These Upstarts Are Trying to Change That.” Co-authored with Sebastiaan Faber. The Nation, September 15, 2015.
On Spaniards’ distrust of their own media, the proliferation of reputable online newspapers on the left, and how these new sites are holding the powerful accountable.
- “Why the Spanish Government Opposes Debt Relief for Greece.” Co-authored with Sebastiaan Faber. The Nation, July 14, 2015.
On the relationship between Podemos and Greece’s Syriza, the conservative Partido Popular’s fidelity to austerity policies, and what the Greek reality check might mean for the anti-austerity movement in Spain.
- “Podemos’s Prospects.” Co-authored with Sebastiaan Faber. The Nation (June 22/29, 2015), 6-8.
On Podemos’s role in the election of progressive local governments in municipalities across Spain.
- “In Spain’s Seismic Elections, ‘It’s the Victory of David over Goliath.’” Co-authored with Sebastiaan Faber. The Nation, May 26, 2015.
On the 2015 Spanish Municipal Elections, the rise of Ada Colau and Manuela Carmena, and the progressive citizen’s platforms that swept into local offices across the country.
- “As Podemos Rises in Spain, Will Feminism Rise With It?” In These Times, May 13, 2015.
On the feminism’s uneasy participation in the indignados movement, its awkward incorporation into Podemos, and the history of feminism and parliamentary politics in Spain.
- “Podemos’s Latin American Roots.” Jacobin, March 27, 2015.
On the intellectual, political, and personal relationships of the Podemos leadership with Pink Tide governments across Latin America and what bringing that kind of politics to Spain might mean.
- “Can Podemos Win in Spain?” Co-authored with Sebastiaan Faber. The Nation (February 2, 2015), 12-17.
On the emergence of the left-wing, anti-austerity party Podemos, its proposal for revolutionizing politics in Spain, and the tension between egalitarianism and winning parliamentary elections.
- “Imperialists for ‘Human Rights.’” Jacobin, December 19, 2014.
On Samuel Moyn’s Human Rights and the Uses of History, what happens when intellectuals become part of the apparatus they once criticized, and what a Marxist critique of ‘human rights’ might look like.
- “The Syriza of Spain.” Jacobin, July 25, 2014.
On the new left-wing, anti-austerity party Podemos, its promising elections for the European Parliament, and how it might shake up the ossified left in Spain.