I grew up in Illinois, graduated from Williams College, and studied at Princeton Theological Seminary. After working as a political speechwriter, I began writing for newspapers and magazines. My first book, Starstruck: When A Fan Gets Close to Fame, about the gravitational pull of celebrity, grew out of my childhood obsession with collecting autographs. As a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, I have reported on culture, politics, religion, crime, business, technology and national security. My next book, Stronger, to be published by Dutton, is about human strength.