Joseph Bottum is editor of First Things. A native of South Dakota, he is a graduate of Georgetown University, with a Ph.D. in philosophy from Boston College. His essays, reviews, and poetry have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic Monthly, Nineteenth-Century Literature, Commentary, National Review, Philosophy & Literature, and elsewhere. He has been Books & Arts editor of The Weekly Standard. In addition he is host of Book Talk, a nationally syndicated radio program.