Richard Pollak is the author of (besides The Episode) After the Barn: A Brother's Memoir; The Creation of Dr. B: A Biography of Bruno Bettelheim; The Colombo Bay, an account of his five-week voyage on that container ship after the 9/11 terror attacks, and Up Against Apartheid: The Role and the Plight of the Press in South Africa. From 1979 to 2004, he was variously an executive editor, literary editor and contributing editor of The Nation. He has written for that weekly, and for Harper’s, The Atlantic, The New York Times Book Review and other major magazines. He co-founded and edited [More] magazine, the monthly journalism review that published in the 1970s, and edited Stop the Presses, I Want to Get Off!, a collection of articles from the magazine. He was an associate editor at Newsweek, a political reporter at The Evening Sun in Baltimore, and a Poynter Fellow at Yale University. At Yale he created and taught a course in “The Politics of Journalism,” which he also taught for several years at New York University. He lives in Portland, Maine, with his wife, the pianist Diane Walsh.