Writer and Other Things

“Because no battle is ever won he said.  They are not even fought.  The field reveals to man his own folly and despair, and victory is an illusion of philosophers and fools.”

- William Faulkner


I’ve spent most of my life in southeastern Wisconsin, played soccer and studied political theory at Wheaton College (IL), was a fellow at the Kierkegaard Library at St. Olaf College, and then studied philosophy at Boston College, focusing on Ancient Greek and 20th century German thought. Today, I’m an editor at The Point Magazine, and have written for the LA Review of Books, Boston Review of Books, Books and Culture, First Things, and Commonweal among others. I’ve also been a guest on NPR’s On Point, have presented at various colleges and conferences, and my work has been featured at, Arts and Letters Daily, 3 Quarks Daily, and The Prufrock Newsletter. I live in Madison, Wisconsin with my wife and our four children.