• "The Windows of Brimnes: An American In Iceland" (Milkweed, 2007)

• "Playing the Black Piano" (Milkweed, 2004).

• "Eccentric Islands" (Milkweed, 2001).

• "Coming Home Crazy: An Alphabet of China Essays" (Milkweed, 2000).

• "The Dead Get By with Everything" (Milkweed, 1991).

• "The Heart Can Be Filled Anywhere On Earth" (Milkweed, 1996).

• "The Music of Failure" (Plains Press, 1986).

• "Boxelder Bug Variations: A Meditation on an Idea in Language and Music" (Milkweed, 1985).