About Neil Steinberg

Photo by Ross Steinberg
     Neil Steinberg is on the staff of the Chicago Sun-Times, which he joined in 1987 (though the newspaper does not sanction or supervise this blog, and is in no way involved with or responsible for its content). His regular news column began in 1996. 
     He has also written for a variety of publications including Esquire, Rolling Stone, The New York Daily News, The Washington Post, Sports Illustrated, 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 his daily blog, Steinberg has written for Salon.com, Forbes.com (as well as Forbes in print) 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 latest essay, on smiling, was republished around the world, including in The Guardian's Sunday magazine and on CNN.
     The winner of numerous awards, his obituary of Cookie the Cockatoo was named the best short obituary of the year by the Society of Professional Obituary Writers, and one on Muhammad Ali was voted best sports story of 2016 by the Illinois Press Association.
     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 2o16 by the University of Chicago Press, it was a No. 1 best-seller in several categories on Amazon and has gone through seven printings. Alexandra Styron called it "a life raft." Gene Weingarten, the two-time Pulitzer Prize winner at the Washington Post, called it "a terrific book." The paperback edition was published in June.
     I live in the leafy suburban paradise of Northbrook with my wife, two cats, Gizmo and Natasha, and a dog named Kitty.  We have two adult sons, both attending law school out East.



  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.



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