Essays in 3 Quarks Daily (See all pieces

Finnegans Wake & Dreaming Of The ‘Everything Novel3 Quarks Daily, February 2019

America’s Great Sadness & The End For Robert Lowell,” 3 Quarks Daily, November 2018

Essays in Other Publications

In Search of the Writer-Diplomat Tradition,’ Robertfay.com, October 2020

Finding Wisdom in the Letters of Aging Writers,” The Atlantic, December 2016

The Writer is Not Here: On Nihilism and the Writing Life,” The Millions, July 2016

T.S. Eliot: Employee of the Month,” Full Stop, January 2013

In the Footsteps of David Foster Wallace,” Full Stop, December 2012

The Dreams of a Shrinking Nation,” The Rumpus, March 2012

Where Have All The Catholic Writers Gone?The Millions, November 2011

Paris, Wikipedia and My Middle Age Crisis,” The Millions, August 2011

Book Reviews

Two Decades of Hip,” Los Angeles Review of Books, March 2016

Printmaking: An Art Medium for the People,” Los Angeles Review of Books, March 2015

In the Universe of Wonders and Astonishments,” Full Stop, February 2013

The Terrible Affliction of Beauty,”  Full Stop, June 2012


Churchill, His Fat Cigar & The French Navy,” Chicago Quarterly Review, Vol. 25, 2017

If it is Beautiful, It is Passing,” The Furious Gazelle, January 2017

The Phenomenon,” The Courtship of Winds, Winter 20


Fin de Siècle,” The MacGuffin, Spring 2015

The Consecration,” Booth, February 2013