In addition to being the author of various books,
I am a contributing editor of The Atlantic Monthly, The New Republic
and The Washington Monthly; and a columnist for ESPN.com. I lecture and occasionally teach college courses.
I was born in 1953 in Buffalo, New York, to parents who were naturalized Americans; both my parents were originally Canadian. My mother, Vimy Hoover Easterbrook, who worked as a teacher in the Buffalo public school system, died in 1976. My father, George, is a retired dentist living near Buffalo. I am a graduate of Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
My brother Frank is a federal appeals court judge for the Seventh Circuit, and a professor of law at the University of Chicago. My brother Neil is a professor of English at Texas Christian University. My sister Nancy is a nurse in Knoxville, Tennessee.
My wife, Nan Kennelly, a graduate of Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, works for the Department of State; we’ve lived overseas in Pakistan and Belgium. Right now we live outside Washington, DC. We have three children: boys born in 1989 and 1995 and a girl born in 1990.