Joseph Bottum is one of the nation’s most widely published and influential essayists, with work in journals from the Atlantic to the Washington Post. An Amazon.com-bestselling author, Bottum has been profiled in the New York Times and many other publications, and has done television and radio commentary for programs from NBC’s Meet the Press to NPR, the BBC, and the PBS NewsHour. The author of poetry, short stories, and song lyrics, Bottum lives in the Black Hills of South Dakota. He holds a Ph.D. in medieval philosophy. His recent books include An Anxious Age: The Post-Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of America and The Second Spring.