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Mike Nagel's essays have been published in apt, Hobart, Salt Hill, DIAGRAM, and The Paris Review Daily. His essay "Beached Whales" was a Best American Essays 2017 Notable Essay.

Selected Nonsense

Notes from the Blue Zone, Little Engines

Capeesh, Hobart

Hand Grenade, Peach Mag

Consumer Value Store, Jellyfish Review

BEEF HAM, The Hunger

Handbrake, Hobart


Larry, Who Got Hit By a Bus, Outlook Springs


Object Permanence, DIAGRAM

Stranger, Spry

What Doesn't Kill Us, The Spectacle

Beached Whales, Apt

Burning Man, Hobart

Soul of America's Urban Park Machine, The Awl


Let's Talk about Skin, The Paris Review Daily

Twilight of the Indoor Mall, The Awl


Michigan, Juked


Castle Bravo, Apt

The Unintentionalist

Between August 2022 and July 2023, I wrote a monthly column for the magazine Little Engines called "The Unintentionalist." It wasn't really about anything.  

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