Tom Carson is author of the novels Daisy Buchanan’s Daughter and Gilligan’s Wake, a New York Times Notable Book of The Year for 2003. Currently GQ’s “The Critic,” he won two NationalMagazine Awards for criticism as Esquire magazine’s “Screen” columnist and has been nominated two more times since then. He also won the CRMA criticism award for his book reviews in Los Angeles magazine. Before that, he wrote extensively about pop culture and politics for the LA Weeklyand the Village Voice, including an obituary for Richard Nixon that the late Norman Mailer termed “brilliant.” He has contributed to publications ranging from Rolling Stone to the Atlantic Monthly. His fiction and poetry have appeared in Black Clock. His verse and other random writings can be found at tomcarson.net. In 1979, he was the youngest contributor — with an essay on the Ramones — to Greil Marcus’s celebrated rock anthology, Stranded. With Kit Rachlis and Jeff Salamon, he edited Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough: Essays In Honor of Robert Christgau in 2002.
Currently, Tom is working on a new novel. Born in Germany in 1956, he grew up largely abroad “at the hands of the U.S. State Department.” He was graduated in 1977 from Princeton University, where he won the Samuel Shellabarger award for creative writing. A former resident of Washington, D.C., New York City, and Los Angeles, he now lives in New Orleans with his wife, writer Arion Berger, and can be found all too often at Buffa’s Lounge on Saints’ days.Tom Judged the High School Short Story category of the Faulkner – Wisdom Competition this year.
To find out more about Tom Carson, check out his blog at The American Prospect.
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