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Born in Queens, NY, during the reign of George Bush I, I grew up in northern New Jersey and studied philosophy at McGill University in Montreal. I spent my summers in college crisscrossing the United States by train; after graduating, I drove around the country for four months. In 2012, I interned for The Nation, and later joined the staff as editor and now writer. I have also published essays, articles, reviews, and stray musings in Slate, Salon, The Baffler, Raritan, The Boston Globe, and elsewhere. Oh, yes, and The Saul Bellow Journal.

I like covered bridges, peaches, walking, coffee, trains. I dislike nuts. Quoth the immortal Bloch: "I never allow myself to be influenced in the smallest degree either by atmospheric disturbances or by the arbitrary divisions of what is known as Time." I live in Brooklyn, with my daughter and wife.