Joseph Bottum is one of the nation’s most widely ranging thinkers, with hundreds of essays, reviews, poems, and short stories in publications from the Atlantic to the Washington Post. A #1 nationally bestselling author in Amazon’s Kindle Singles series, he has appeared on television programs from Meet the Press to the PBS NewsHour, and radio networks from the BBC to NPR. “His name would be mandatory on any objective short list of America’s public intellectuals,” National Review noted, for he is, as the New York Times has observed, “A poet and critic and essayist with a sideline in history and philosophy.”
A native of South Dakota, Bottum holds a Ph.D. in philosophy and serves as director of the Classics Institute, a think-tank at Dakota State University for the study of cyber-ethics. His print books range from the sociological study, An Anxious Age, to a bestselling book of children’s verse, The World is Awake (written with Linsey Davis) in 2018. His scholarly work reaches from essays on Victorian novels in Nineteenth-Century Literature to thoughts about metaphysics in the International Philosophical Quarterly.
Meanwhile, his popular writing ranges from obituaries in The Times of London to sports essays commissioned by Amazon. His lyrics and musical compositions have been performed by singers from Nashville to Carnegie Hall. The former literary editor of the Weekly Standard and editor-in-chief of the journal First Things, Bottum is recognized as a central commentator on American religion—“the poetic voice of modern Catholic intellectual life” who “shaped the minds of a generation,” according to National Review—and has recently turned his thinking toward the worrisome implications of the cyber-revolution over the past forty years.
“A poet and critic and essayist with a sideline in history and philosophy, . . . wrenching the true complexity of faith back from the complexity-destroying context of contemporary political debates.”—New York Times
“His name would be mandatory on any objective short list of America’s public intellectuals”—National Review
“A fierce critical intelligence and a terrific sense of the comedy of errors we call the human condition.”—Paul Mariani, poet and biographer
“One of America’s most gifted writers, with a perfect ear and a matchless style.”—Andrew Ferguson, author of Crazy U