‘I will not be doing it again: reflections on anxiety in Generation Z’Griffith Review 75: Learning Curves, January 2022

Tracker – the most important Australian book of the 21st centuryThe Guardian, July 13 2020

Mum and the joy of readingThe Guardian, June 26 2020

Keeping Faith with words: on teaching literature in the digital ageGriffith Review, May 2019.

Ruth Park brings Sydney to lifeThe Guardian, March 5 2019

The difficulty is the point – an essay on teaching reading to non-readersThe Guardian, December 24 2017

Georgia Blain’s last book, The Museum of WordsSydney Morning Herald/Age, August 11 2017

George Saunders’ Lincoln in the BardoThe Australian, February 4 2017

Consider This – Helen Garner’s Cosmo CosmolinoSydney Review of Books, 13 May 2016

Fully present, utterly connected: Joan London’s The Golden AgeBest Australian Essays 2015

Jonathan Franzen’s PurityThe Australian, 29 August 2015

Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Buried Giant The Australian, 7 March 2015

Fully present, utterly connected: Joan London’s The Golden AgeSydney Review of Books, 31 November 2014

Michael Schmidt’s biography of the novel The Australian, 6 September 2014

Fighting words about the rise of the creative writing classThe Australian, 22 February 2014

The Worst That Could Happen: George Saunders’ Tenth of December Sydney Review of Books, 12 November 2013

How fiction ran out for author Karl Ove Knausgaard – The Australian, 22 June 2013

On Jane Austen – The Australian, 26 January 2013

‘A phone call to Helen Garner’ – The Australian, 3 November 012

Alice Munro’s Still Life – The Australian, 8 December 2012

Ben Lerner’s Leaving the Atocha Station – The Australian, 16 June 2012

A bird in the handGood Weekend magazine, 24 November 2012

‘Sense and Sensibility – a Conversation’, Sensibilities, vol. 43, pp. 48-58.