After attending Kenyon College and Brown University, I worked in book publishing for more than twenty years, including stints at Random House, The New York Review of Books, and Book-of-the-Month Club. I was also a contributing editor at Scholastic’s STORYWORKS magazine, where I wrote stories, plays, and essays for children.
My books include The Beliefnet Guide to Kabbalah (Doubleday, 2005), Isms & Ologies (Vintage, 2007), and Cults, Conspiracies, and Secret Societies (Vintage, 2009). The New Hate: A History of Fear and Loathing on the Populist Right was published by Pantheon in February, 2012.
I live in Brooklyn, New York, with my wife and two sons.