Joseph Bottum


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. A contributing editor to the Weekly Standard, 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.


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Praise for Joseph Bottum


"One of America’s most gifted writers, with a perfect ear and a matchless style.”—Andrew Ferguson, author of Crazy U


“Bottum’s name would be mandatory on any objective short list of public intellectuals in America.”—Mary Eberstadt, author of Adam and Eve after the Pill


“A fierce critical intelligence and a terrific sense of the comedy of errors we call the human condition.”—Paul Mariani, poet and biographer  


“Joseph Bottum is the poetic voice of modern Catholic intellectual life. His work shaped the minds of a generation.”—National Review


“Bravura passages, elegant prose: Joseph Bottum may be America’s best writer on religion.”— American Interest


“A poet and critic and essayist with a sideline in history and philosophy, wrenching the true complexity of faith back from the complexity-destroying context of contemporary political debates.”—New York Times