George Scialabba is a contributing editor of The Baffler. He was born (1948) and raised in East Boston, MA, and attended Harvard (BA, 1969) and Columbia (MA, 1972). He has been a social worker (Mass. Dept. of Public Welfare, 1974-80), a clerical worker (Harvard University, 1980 to the present), a faculty member of the Bennington Graduate Writing Seminars (2007-8), and a freelance book critic. In 1991, he was awarded the Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing by the National Book Critics Circle. He has published three essay collections: What Are Intellectuals Good For? (2009), The Modern Predicament (2011), and For the Republic (2013). His work is archived at www.georgescialabba.net.