I write about politics and ideas. Also: constitutional law and public opinion, the creaky mechanics of modern democracy, and religion & culture. And sometimes, sports. Recent adventures: a profile of Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens and a travel story for The Boston Globe on my visit to the Bowling Hall of Fame in Arlington, Texas.

I've written for The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, The Boston Globe’s Ideas section, CommonWealth magazine, The American Prospect, The Texas Observer, Boston magazine, and Boston College Magazine. In 20 (plus) years of journalism, I’ve written investigative reporting, news coverage, editorials, columns, magazine narrative, profiles, essays (see the Clip Files at right). Most of this has been done while also working as a full-time editor. These days, I work as an editor at The Baffler magazine in Cambridge, Mass.


I edited the book review section of The American Prospect from 1999-2002, and before that was founding editor of CommonWealth magazine in Boston. Before that, I edited The Arlington Advocate in Arlington, Massachusetts. For five years in the 1980s I wrote and edited at The Texas Observer, a semi-famous gadfly bi-weekly. (Here on this site, some of that pre-Internet-era work becomes available worldwide.) Bottom line: I’ve been immersed in newspaper and magazine work ever since I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1982 with a journalism degree.


I live near Spy Pond, about eight miles outside of Boston. My cyber-address is ... DD at davedenison dot net.


A small-towner from Indiana who always checks the record of the Cubs in the standings before the Red Sox. Because you can take the guy out of the Midwest, but… you know.

Luckiest thing that ever happened to me: a Nieman Fellowship, 1989-1990. Hoosier goes to Harvard. Now I live with a wife (my first!) who is a lovely and talented artist, and a sweet-tempered terrier (also my first) who never drinks from the toilet.


I am not D.C. Denison, the excellent editor/reporter at The Boston Globe, although I often accept compliments for his work.


And thanks for stopping by.

But do stay classy. But, especially: thanks for stopping by.