Jon Baskin studied literature at Brown University, and recently received his PhD from the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago, where he wrote a dissertation on the philosophical foundations of David Foster Wallace’s fiction. He is a founding editor of The Point Magazine, whose essays and reviews have appeared at n+1The NationBookforumThe Chronicle of Higher Education, and the LA Review of Books


Richard Kearney was educated at the University of Dublin, McGill University, the National University of Ireland, and received his PhD at the University of Paris-X. He is currently the Charles B. Seelig Chair of Philosophy at Boston College and has served as a Visiting Professor at University College Dublin, the University of Paris (Sorbonne), the Australian Catholic University and the University of Nice. He is the author of over 20 books on European philosophy and literature (including two novels and a volume of poetry) and has edited or co-edited 14 more. He was formerly a member of the Arts Council of Ireland, the Higher Education Authority of Ireland and chairman of the Irish School of Film at University College Dublin. He is also a member of the Royal Irish Academy. As a public intellectual in Ireland, he was involved in drafting a number of proposals for a Northern Irish peace agreement (1983, 1993, 1995). He has presented five series on culture and philosophy for Irish and British television and broadcast extensively on the European media. He is currently international director of the Guestbook Project–Hosting the Stranger: Between Hostility and Hospitality. 


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Lisa Ruddick received her PhD from Harvard University in 1982, began teaching at the University of Chicago in 1981, and is the author of Gertrude Stein: Body, Text, Gnosis. With research interests in modern British fiction, literature and psychoanalysis, and poetry and poetics, she is currently teaching on the question of aliveness in literature, exploring how good poems and novels seem to draw us close to something we'd call being. She also examines literature through psychoanalytic paradigms ranging from Freudian models to object relations and the intersection of psychoanalysis and Buddhism. Her writing has appeared at The Point MagazineThe Chorincle of Higher Education, Critical Inquiry, and Modern Fiction Studies, and she is currently writing a book on academic life, its rigors, rigidities, and how professional training in the humanities, conducted with the best of intentions, can thwart the feeling of aliveness by partially dissociating practitioners from their intuitions and affective resources. 


G.C. Waldrep was born and raised in the South, earned his BA from Harvard University, a PhD in history from Duke University, and an MFA in poetry from the University of Iowa. His collections of poetry include Goldbeater’s Skin (2003), Disclamor (2007); Archicembalo (2009), and the long poem Testament (2015). His chapbooks include The Batteries (2006), One Way No Exit (2008), Szent László Hotel (2011), and Susquehanna (2013). With Ilya Kaminsky he co-edited Homage to Paul Celan (2011), and with Joshua Corey he co-edited The Arcadia Project: North American Postmodern Pastoral (2012). Waldrep’s work has appeared in many journals, including Poetry, Harper's, The Nation, Kenyon Review, Boston Review, New England Review, New American Writing, and Tin House, as well as in Best American Poetry 2010 and the second edition of Norton's Postmodern American Poetry. He is the editor of West Branch, and editor at large for the Kenyon Review. His honors and awards include prizes from the Poetry Society of America and the Academy of American Poets, among others. He teaches at Bucknell University. 


John Wilson is the editor of Education & Culture, which has just launched at TheBestSchools.org. Before that, he was the editor of Books & Culture for its entire history (1995-2016). His reviews and essays have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The Boston GlobeFirst ThingsCommonwealNational Review, The Wall Street Journal and other publications.