Nick McDonell is the author of three novels, most recently An Expensive Education. He has reported from Africa, the Middle East, and elsewhere for Harper’sLibération, and other publications.

Neighborhood Tales

Among the professional bohemians of gentrified Tribeca, Karl Taro Greenfeld spins mesmerizing stories in Triburbia. He speaks with Nick McDonell about his love of con men, the unrelenting cruelty of girls—and if there is a special recipe for successful fiction.