Daniel Mendelsohn was born in Long Island and educated at the University of Virginia and at Princeton. He is a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books as well as the New York Times Magazine and the New York Times Book Review, and is contributing editor at Travel + Leisure. His previous books include the memoir The Elusive Embrace, a New York Times Notable Book and a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year, and the international best seller 'The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million', which won the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Prix Medicis, and many other honours. He teaches at Bard College.
"An elegant collection of essays. . . . Mendelsohn reveals
intellectual breadth in his ability to draw on his training as a
classicist to look at contemporary culture. . . . These essays
richly repay the time readers spend in their company."--Publishers
Weekly (starred review)
"Brilliant. . . . Masterful. . . . Wise, funny. . . . A wonderful collection."--Time Out New York
"Mendelsohn takes on contemporary culture with humor and incisive analysis."--The New York Sun