I’m Patrick Blanchfield, I’m a freelancer writer, and this is my website.If you’d like to read my recent published work, there are links below.

I don’t post to the blog section here anymore, but if you’re looking for representative pieces from it that have also proven popular online, I suggest this (about writing on gun violence in general), this (on Sandy Hook and race and class), and this (on mass shootings and misogyny).

I’m always happy for solicitations from editors; please feel free to email me or drop me a message on Twitter. I also enjoy doing talks, podcasts, media appearances, etcetera, for all kinds of audiences, popular and academic; do reach out if you’re interested. My full CV is here. I am represented by Markus Hoffmann of RHA Literary.


  • “Prig and Pig.” Book Review in The Baffler, (April 24, 2018). https://bit.ly/2w7S88V.
  • “The Market Can’t Solve a Massacre.” Essay in Splinter, (March 14, 2018), https://bit.ly/2ILxihR.
  • “Children of color already face violent discipline in schools. Arming teachers will get them killed.” Essay in The Intercept, (February 28, 2018). Available at:  http://bit.ly/2ouhHLm.
  • “The Quiet Americans.” Book Review in Bookforum, (February/March 2018). Available at: http://bit.ly/2ofY49y.
  • “Black Hole Sun God.” Book Review in n+1, (January 6, 2018). Available at: http://bit.ly/2m3wZV8.
  • “Derangement Syndromes.” Essay in The Revealer, (December 21, 2017). Available at: http://bit.ly/2BnF1yH.
  • “Ghosts of 2012.” Essay in n+1, (December 14, 2017). Available at: http://bit.ly/2kH0Vqj.
  • “The Brutal Origins of Gun Rights.” Book Review in The New Republic, (December 11, 2017). Available at: http://bit.ly/2Dxf3dm. 
  • “Magic Bullets.” Essay in Logic, No. 3 (Winter 2017). Available at: http://bit.ly/2ESOhjp.
  • “Guns and ‘The Price We Pay for Freedom.’”  Essay in The New York Times, (November 8, 2017). Available at: http://nyti.ms/2BaM7a4.
  • “Trump Is President, But Kevin Spacey Can’t Even Play One on TV.” Essay in The New Republic, (November 2, 2017). Available at: http://bit.ly/2yh0bga.
  • “Silicon Soirée.” Essay in The Revealer, (October 17, 2017). Available at: http://bit.ly/2A1FhmO.
  • “The Honest Way to Talk About Guns: Focus on Gun Deaths.” Op-Ed in The New York Daily News, (October 5, 2017). Available at: http://nydn.us/2yqWbxl 
  • “Thoughts and Prayers.” Essay in n+1, (October 3, 2017). Available at: http://bit.ly/2gcKsaW.
  • “The Annihilator.” Essay in n+1, (August 9, 2017). Available at: http://bit.ly/2uQS7QK.
  • “Shot in the Dark.” Digital Feature in Esquire, (August 1, 2017). Available at: http://bit.ly/2vLuGwy.
  • “Social Media Forensics.” Essay The Baffler, (May 31, 2017). Available at: http://bit.ly/2t2BeWv.
  • “Mirror Stage President.” Essay in n+1, (May 2, 2017). Available at: http://bit.ly/2sYbXfQ.
  • “White Defenders.” Book Review in The New Inquiry,  Vol. 60 (May 2017).  Available at: http://bit.ly/2t1IH8z.
  • “Like the Weather.” Book Review in Dissent, 64 No. 2 (Spring 2017). Available at: http://bit.ly/2n6q3tD.
  • “What We Do Best.” Essay in n+1, (April 7, 2017). Available at: http://bit.ly/2o18l6C.
  • “Sound and Fury on the Delaware.” Essay in The Revealer, (April 5, 2017). Available at: http://bit.ly/2nOsj5a.
  • “Etched in Eternity.” Essay in n+1, (March 1, 2017). Available at: http://bit.ly/2ocZS0y.
  • “Trump’s Tlön.” Essay in n+1, (February 19, 2017). Available at: http://bit.ly/2mKMn7N.
  • “New Praetorianism.” Essay in The Baffler, (February 17, 2017). Available at: http://bit.ly/2mKXRbq.
  • “Private Suffering in Political Circumstances.” Essay in The Revealer, (February 7, 2017). Available at: http://bit.ly/2kY7ndg.
  • “Brokenheartlands: Arlie Russell Hochschild’s Strangers in Their Own Land.” Review in The Revealer, (December 7, 2016). Available at: http://bit.ly/2hgNRYr.
  • “On Bullshit News.” Essay in The Revealer, (November 28, 2016). Available at: http://bit.ly/2jwspQ9.
  • “There Are Endurable Moments.” Essay in The Revealer, (November 11, 2016). Available at: http://bit.ly/2iHRqU2.
  • “Stop Calling the United States a Banana Republic.” Essay, co-authored with Patrick Iber, in The Baffler, (November 7, 2016). Available at: http://bit.ly/2k42L5Z.
  • “Cycles of Memory.” Interview with Randy R. Potts in The Revealer, (October 4, 2016). Available at: http://bit.ly/2d3lYzV.
  • “Brave Moles and Hungry Ghosts: 9/11 Memento Mori.” Essay in The Revealer: A Review of Religion and Media, (September 9, 2016). Available at: http://bit.ly/2dLzrcP.
  • “They’re Coming for the Ones You Love: My Weekend of Gun Training in the Desert.” Cover feature in The Nation Undertaken with support from The Nation Investigative Fund and The Puffin Foundation, (August 29 – September 5, 2016 Issue). Available at: http://bit.ly/2aAYMJT.
  • “The American Soul is a Murderous Soul.” Essay in Foreign Policy, (August 10, 2016). Available at: http://atfp.co/2brQJPn.
  • “Recoil Operation.” Essay in The New Inquiry, (July 11, 2016). Available at: http://bit.ly/29yl2od.
  • “What Could Actually Help Us Reduce Gun Violence.” Essay in Upworthy, (June 30, 2016). Available at: http://u.pw/29meZ3W.
  • “Trumpophasis: On What Cannot Be Said.” Essay in The Revealer, (June 23, 2016). Available at: http://bit.ly/29zl3oE.
  • “Stirring Emotions, Shooting Blanks.” Op-Ed in The New York Daily News, Sunday Edition, (June 26, 2016). Available at: http://nydn.us/28Vfw9H.
  • “Special Pleading: On the Identity Politics of ‘Blue Lives Matter.’” Essay in The Revealer, (May 24, 2016). Available at: http://bit.ly/29tNki7.
  • “Freud and the American Death Drive.” Essay in The Los Angeles Review of Books Marginalia,  (May 7, 2016). http://bit.ly/1rDa9o1.
  • “Why is Gun Control Such a Tricky Issue?” Essay in Upworthy, (April 26, 2016). Available at: http://u.pw/1YSgLd3.
  • “The Gun Control We Deserve.” Essay in n+1, (April 21, 2016). Available at: http://bit.ly/1Wh2ebH.
  • “Review: Considering Hate.” Book review in The Revealer, (December 22, 2015). Available at: http://bit.ly/29RSKDv.
  • “God and Guns, Part II.” Report in The Revealer. (November 19, 2015). Available at: http://bit.ly/29QTeK3.
  • “God and Guns, Part I.” Historical essay in The Revealer. (September 25, 2015). Available at: http://bit.ly/29Lrk1w.
  • “When the Disruptor is a Gun.” Report in The Trace. (September 25, 2015.) Available at: http://bit.ly/1LMp6LV.
  • “Oath Keeper Elaborates on Vision for Open Carry March in Ferguson.” Report in The Trace. (August 25, 2015). Available at: http://bit.ly/1EikafM.
  • “Meet the Open Carry Activist Running for Texas State Senate.” Report in The Trace. (August 13, 2015). Available at: http://bit.ly/1PnzokM.
  • “The Sense of Senselessness.” Essay in The Los Angeles Review of Books Marginalia (July 24, 2015). Available at: http://bit.ly/1CZqxUN.
  • “What the Whataburger Flap Revealed About the Self-Identities of Open-Carry Activists.” Essay in The Trace. (July 22, 2015). Available at: http://bit.ly/1Ijck5B.
  • “The Sometimes Tragic Physics of Celebratory July 4th” Essay in The Trace. (July 2, 2015). Available at: http://bit.ly/1NBJOfg.
  • “Data Shows That Americans Wanted to Talk About Guns After Charleston — Until Confederate Flag Debate Heated Up.” Report in The Trace. (June 29, 2015). Available at: http://bit.ly/1NuizTU.
  • “The Psychology of an Ethnic Fraud.” Essay in The Daily Beast. (June 13, 2015). Available at: http://thebea.st/1L53IOU.
  • “Shooting in the Name Of.” Essay in The Revealer: A Review of Religion and Media. (May 5, 2015). Available at: http://bit.ly/29GQUTz.
  • “Twitter’s Outrage Machine Must Be Stopped – But Justine Sacco is the Wrong Poster Child” Op-Ed in The Washington Post’s Post Everything. (February 24, 2015). Available at: http://wapo.st/1ApIrfL.
  • “The Masculine Mistake.” Op-Ed in The New York Daily News, Sunday Edition. (November 16, 2014). Available at: http://nydn.us/1xKN7v0.
  • “Mary-Jane Rubenstein’s Worlds Without End: The Many Lives of the Multiverse.” Book Review in The Revealer. (October 22, 2014). Available at: http://bit.ly/29TaSeU.
  • “What Do Guns Say?Op-Ed in The New York Times’ The Stone. (May 4, 2014). Available at: http://nyti.ms/1fJhfRx.
  • “At the Gun Show, Family Businesses and Angry Young Men.” The Daily Beast. (April 24, 2013). Available at: http://thebea.st/1dxEIip.
  • “Why I Gave Up My Guns.” Op-Ed in The New York Daily News, Sunday Edition. (January 11, 2013). Available at: http://nydn.us/JgApyt.

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