About Neil Steinberg

     Neil Steinberg is on the staff of the Chicago Sun-Times, where he has worked full-time since 1987 (though the newspaper does not sanction or supervise this blog, and is in no way involved with or responsible for its content). He has written a regular column since 1996. 
     He has also written for a variety of publications, including Rolling Stone, The New York Daily News, Sports Illustrated, Esquire, Men's Journal, Details, Granta, Spy, National Lampoon, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Chicago Magazine, the Chicago Reader and Michigan Avenue. None of those publications are involved with this blog either. 
     Online, in addition to this endeavor, Steinberg has written for Salon.com, Forbes.com (as well as Forbes, the magazine) and is a contributing writer to Mosaic, the London web site of medicine and science run by the Wellcome Trust, the largest medical charity in the world. The UK Medical Journalists Association named Mosaic the 2016 web site of the year. His next article, a look at the medical consequences of falling, will be posted in June.
     He—oh heck, me, I'm writing this—is the author of eight books, the most recent being Out of the Wreck I Rise: A Literary Companion to Recovery, written with Sara Bader, an editor at Phaidon in New York City. Published in September by the University of Chicago Press, it was a No. 1 best-seller in several categories on Amazon and has gone through six printings. Alexandra Styron called it "a lifeboat." Gene Weingarten, the two-time Pulitzer Prize winner at the Washington Post, called it "a terrific book." It will come out in paperback in September.
     I live in the leafy suburban paradise of Northbrook with my wife, two sons, two cats, Gizmo and Natasha, and a dog named Kitty.     

     (Well, one of those sons, the fellow on the left in this picture, is living in Paris this semester, studying economics at the Pantheon-Sorbonne. And his younger brother is at Northwestern. But both still have their bedrooms at home, so that's "living" here, in a sense).


  1. I just finished Drunkard. Not only was it one of the best non-fiction books I've read, it has, more than any consequence of drinking yet, inspired me not to drink anymore. The problem is, it might have profoundly impacted my notions of 'treatment' in a negative way. Maybe it hasn't, maybe it's prepared me or inspired me to find a program that works for me without my 12-step pet peeve: 'confrontation addiction'.
    Yours is the first memoir type book for which I have utilized a highlighter. The story about the boxcar racer had me laughing to the point of tears.
    I will probably be reading whatever you write.
    Thank You!

    1. Story about the boxcar racer? I don't recall that.

    2. Oh, you mean the "Pinewood Derby." Yes.

  2. Your older son looks younger than his younger bro, who looks most like you.