About Me

me with cat

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 have also been 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), Cults, Conspiracies, and Secret Societies (Vintage, 2009) and The New Hate: A History of Fear and Loathing on the Populist Right, which was published by Pantheon in February, 2012.

I live in Brooklyn, New York, with my wife and two sons.