Roger Rosenblatt is a writer
and essayist best known for taking complex or esoteric
subjects (everything from the meaning of art
hunting) and explaining them with grand prose. The best example of this that is now part of Simpson's Contemporary Quotations
is his reflections on the leaders of a meeting of American
and Russian diplomats
for Time Magazine
in 1986: "A flock
of mad ducks
flown north for the winter, descending noisily on this modest, good-mannered nation
In addition to his prolific collection of books, essays and commentaries, he was a Professor of English at Harvard University for most of the 1980's, where he also earned his PhD. Today, he lives comfortably on Long Island, New York.
His essays have appeared in Time Magazine and the Newshour with Jim Lehrer.