Ed Simon is a nonfiction writer whose work focuses on contemporary literature, culture, religion, and politics. He is an Editor-at-Large for The Marginalia Review of Books, a channel of The Los Angeles Review of Books, a contributing editor for the History News Network, and a staff writer at The Millions. He is the author of Furnace of This World; or, 36 Observations about Goodness and America and Other Fictions (Zero). His essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Paris Review Daily, The Washington Post, The New Republic, Salon, Poetry, and McSweeney’s. Originally a native of Pittsburgh, Ed has lived in New York City and Boston, and currently resides in Washington, DC. He holds a PhD in English from Lehigh University. His latest book, Pandemonium, a work of illustrated nonfiction combining popular history, cultural criticism, and art history, was recently acquired by Abrams Book and is scheduled for publication in 2021.