Thomas Vinciguerra

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Thomas Vinciguerra in Port Washington, NY (December 8, 2015)
Born (1963-10-08) October 8, 1963 (age 55)
OccupationWriter, Author

Thomas Vinciguerra (born October 8, 1963) is a journalist, editor and author. A founding editor of The Week magazine, he has published widely about popular culture and other subjects in the New York Times , [1] as well as in The Wall Street Journal , The New Yorker , GQ and other publications.

<i>The Week</i> Weekly news magazine with editions in the United Kingdom and United States

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Background

Raised in Garden City, New York, he attended Columbia College, where he was an editor of the Columbia Daily Spectator . Graduating in 1985 with a BA in history, he continued his studies on campus, receiving his MS from the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University the following year. While at the Journalism School he refounded the Philolexian Society, Columbia's oldest student organization; he was subsequently designated its "Avatar." In 1990, he received an MA in English from the Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. [2]

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Columbia Daily Spectator is the weekly student newspaper of Columbia University. It is published at 112th and Broadway in New York, New York. Founded in 1877, it is the oldest continuously operating college news daily in the nation after The Harvard Crimson, and has been legally independent of the university since 1962. During the academic term, it is published online Monday through Friday and printed every Thursday. In addition to serving as a campus newspaper, Spec, as it is commonly known, also reports the latest news of the surrounding Morningside Heights community. The paper is delivered each week to over 150 locations throughout the Morningside Heights neighborhood.

Philolexian Society Columbia University literary society

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Career

From 1987 to 1998, Vinciguerra was an editor at Columbia College Today , the College's alumni publication. [3] He joined The Week upon its inception in 2001 and remained there until 2010. Today, he is executive editor of Indian Country Today Media Network.

He is the editor of Conversations with Elie Wiesel (Schocken, 2001) and Backward Ran Sentences: The Best of Wolcott Gibbs from The New Yorker (Bloomsbury, 2011). [4] The Pulitzer Prize-winning book critic Jonathan Yardley of The Washington Post selected the latter volume as one of his 11 best books of 2011. [5] In November 2015, he published the original volume Cast of Characters: Wolcott Gibbs, E.B. White, James Thurber and the Golden Age of the New Yorker (W.W. Norton), which chronicles the early years of the New Yorker magazine. [6] [7] [8] [9] He has appeared on the History Channel, NY1, Fox News, John Batchelor Show, and the Leonard Lopate Show, among other venues. [10]

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Wolcott Gibbs was an American editor, humorist, theatre critic, playwright and author of short stories, who worked for The New Yorker magazine from 1927 until his death. He is best remembered for his 1936 parody of Time magazine, which skewered the magazine's inverted narrative structure. Gibbs wrote, "Backward ran sentences until reeled the mind"; he concluded the piece, "Where it all will end, knows God!" He also wrote a comedy, Season in the Sun, which ran on Broadway for 10 months in 1950–51 and was based on a series of stories that originally appeared in The New Yorker.

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Works

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