Selected Newspapers
and Periodicals


“An Afternoon with Jorge Luis Borges”: Connoisseur, October 1987
“Zurich’s Heart Belongs to Dada”: Wall Street Journal, October 14, 1994
“Several Beautiful Rooms of Her Own,” the Colette Museum: Wall Street Journal, November 17, 1995
“The Indonesiad,” profile of Pramoedya Ananta Toer: The New Yorker, 27 May 1996
“Letter from Beijing: Bad Boy,” profile of Chinese novelist Wang Shuo: The New Yorker, April 21, 1997
“East Meets West,” review of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, by Haruki Murakami: New York Times Book Review, November 2, 1997
“This Hawaii Is Not for Tourists,” feature essay on novelist Lois-Ann Yamanaka: The Atlantic Monthly, February 1999
“My Faulkner”: The American Scholar, Summer 1999
“The Toronto Circle,” South Asian writers in exile: The Atlantic Monthly, April 2000
“In Deep-brow’d Homer’s Demesne,” on Christopher Logue’s War Music: Los Angeles Times Book Review, April 13, 2003
“An Archipelago that Eludes Explanation,” on new books about Indonesia: Los Angeles Times Book Review, August 31, 2003
“Jim and I,” Rereading Lord Jim: The American Scholar, Autumn 2003
“The Caliph of Fonthill,” biographical sketch of William Beckford: The American Scholar, Winter 2003
“A Love without End,” on The Poetry of Petrarch, translated by David Young: Los Angeles Times Book Review, September 5, 2004
“Ancient Tragedy, but Never Old,” on Seamus Heaney’s translation of Antigone (cover): Los Angeles Times Book Review, November 28, 2004
“Rimbaud’s Missing Stanza,” Arthur Rimbaud in Java: Culture + Travel, July 2008
“Biography: Ezra Pound”: Lapham’s Quarterly, Spring 2010
“Urban Scrawl,” history of the City Novel in America: Lapham’s Quarterly, Fall 2010
“W.B. Yeats and Magic”: Lapham’s Quarterly, Summer 2012
“Sarah Lindsay and the Didactic Tradition”: Parnassus vol. 33, 2013
“Souls of the South”: Wall Street Journal, October 2, 2015
“The Painter and the Poet”: Parnassus, vol. 34, 2015
“Boys in Love”: The New Yorker, 8 January 2016
“Eating Opium and Writing Intoxicating Prose”: Wall Street Journal, October 28, 2016


“Before the world went Pop,” Pop Art at the Whitney Museum: The Times (London), July 27, 1993
“Egyptian Museum's Royal Mummy Room Reopens”: New York Times, March 6, 1994
“Though This Were Madness,” mental illness in classical composers: New York Times, August 7, 1994
“Bringing Haydn to Hanoi,” Orpheus chamber orchestra in Vietnam: New York Times, November 17, 1998
“Drama in Java, Where Puppets Own the Stage”: New York Times, March 26, 2000
“Battle of Borobudur”: Time, February 3, 2003
“Stranger in Paradise,” Miguel Covarrubias in Bali: Time, January 23, 2006
“Orientalism Inverted,” Raden Saleh at the National Gallery of Indonesia. Wall Street Journal, June 14, 2012
“In Munich, a Journey toward Abstraction,” Lenbachhaus museum reopens: Wall Street Journal, July 24, 2013


“The Power of Pagan,” pagodas of Burma: Archaeology, September 1992
“Wordsworth Slept Here,” literary pilgrimages in the English Lake District: The Atlantic Monthly, June 2000
“The Splendor of Angkor”: The Atlantic Monthly, April 2002
“The Lost World of Krakatoa”: National Geographic Adventure, October 2003
“Burmese Motorcycle Diaries”: Natural History, June 2008
“Nepal’s Aphrodisiac War”: Men’s Journal, May 2010
“That Old Bali Magic”: National Geographic Traveler, June 2013