About Me

I am the editor of Humanities magazine and the director of publications at the National Endowment for the Humanities. I am also the author of The Story of Ain’t: America, Its Language, and the Most Controversial Dictionary Ever Published, published in 2012 (paperback 2013) by Harper, as well as many essays on language, dictionaries, and writing. I have written for, most recently, Humanities, American Purpose, American Interest, and, just before it vanished, The Weekly Standard, where, from 1998 to 2007, I worked as a staff editor. Publications include the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the New Atlantis, Boston magazine, the Washington Times, American Spectator, Slate, Salon, Education Next, The Public Interest. I live in the Rosemont neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia, with my wife, Cynthia, and our three children. (12/2020)

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