I’m [still] a columnist for the Boston Globe. Before that I worked as a business reporter in Los Angeles and Moscow. I’ve lived in Boston since 1984 and written for the newspaper since 1987.

I’m working on my next book, about the Mormon prophet Joseph Smith. I wish I still resembled that handsome photo, taken about a decade ago. UPDATE: Finished the Joseph Smith book (obviously) and have started turning over soil for my next project.

UPDATE: Finished that project, a short, sharp book called “The Feud: Vladimir Nabokov, Edmund Wilson, and the End of a Beautiful Friendship.” UPDATE The Nabokov-Wilson book got lovely reviews, and now I am days away from handing in the MS for my seventh book, my fifth work of nonfiction, the (true) story of Mies van der Rohe and his girlfriend/client/tormentor, Dr. Edith Farnsworth, for whom he built the Farnsworth House. (Please Google it – famous, beautiful house)

I follow my Goodreads reviews, and would like to offer a collective Thank You to the men and women, who — without exception, as far as I can see — have offered literate, unbiased reactions to my writing. Thanks!

Books in order of publication:

Fellow Travelers – 1987

The Americans Are Coming! – 1991

Gracefully Insane: The Rise and Fall of America’s Premier Mental Hospital – 2001

A Great Idea at the Time: The Rise, Fall, and Curious Afterlife of the Great Books – 2008

American Crucifixion: The Murder of Joseph Smith and the Fate of the Mormon Church – 2014

The Feud: Vladimir Nabokov, Edmund Wilson, and the End of a Beautiful Friendship – 2016

Broken Glass: Mies Van Der Rohe, Edith Farnsworth, and the Fight Over a Modernist Masterpiece – 2020