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James Goodman is the author of Stories of
Scottsboro and Blackout. He got hooked on writing at Hobart College in the 1970s and has been struggling to support his habit ever since. He has planted and trimmed trees, repaired bicycles, studied creative writing at Columbia, filled potholes, collected donations for the National Burn Victim Foundation, pumped gas, studied history at NYU and Princeton, painted houses, edited a volume of John Kenneth Galbraith’s letters to JFK, pitched Orville Redenbacher's popcorn, taught social studies, history, and writing at Harvard, carted carpenters' trash, ghost-wrote chapters of Daniel Borstin’s U.S. history textbook, even tended bar. He writes on the non-fiction side of the border between history and fiction, though every now and then he crosses over, as in short stories he published in the Chronicle of Higher Education and Rethinking History. He has received fellowships and awards from NYU, Princeton, Rutgers, and the Guggenheim Foundation, and Stories of Scottsboro was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. At Rutgers since 1997, he lives in Washington Heights with his wife and two teenage sons, both of whom insist that their beloved neighborhood is Manhattan’s "real Upper West Side."