About

I have been writing (mostly) nonfiction for The New Yorker since 2006. I also wrote a book called The Possessed (2010). It was a collection of comic interconnected essays about the pursuit of Russian literature.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Audiobooks are now available for both The Idiot and The PossessedI narrated them myself, which made me feel like an insane person.

I’m on Twitter @BananaKarenina and on Instagram @ebatuman and I live in New York City.

I have a PhD in comparative literature from Stanford University. That’s one of the hilarious things you can read about in The Possessed. I also wrote about PhDs here, in the kind of essay I don’t write anymore, now that I have grown gentle with age.

Here is a picture of me taken in 2017 by Beowulf Sheehan:

My hair doesn’t usually look like that, but the spacey expression is pretty representative.