Peter Trachtenberg is the author of the memoir 7 Tattoos and The Book of Calamities, a hybrid of journalism, moral philosophy, and personal essay on the theme of suffering and its narratives. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, Bomb, The New York Times Travel Magazine, O: The Oprah Magazine, and Bidoun, and his commentaries have been broadcast on NPR's "All Things Considered." He lives in New York State's Hudson Valley. As of August 2008, he is teaching in the Creative Writing Program of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
A. Alvarez, Saul Bellow, Joan Didion, Susan Griffin, Elaine Scarry, Susan Sontag, Robert Stone, Simone Weil
The Book of Calamities: Five Questions About Suffering and Its Meaning (Little, Brown, August 2008)
Anderson Literary Management
Little, Brown & Co.
Literature, politics, religions, culture
Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Mercy Corps, Move On, Oxfam
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