Professor of English at the U.S. Naval Academy; Author of 'American Fun: Four Centuries of Joyous Revolt'
John Beckman is a Professor of English at the U.S. Naval Academy. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Granta, McSweeney’s, and elsewhere. His novel The Winter Zoo was named a New York Times Notable Book, and the paperback of his cultural history, American Fun: Four Centuries of Joyous Revolt, comes out November 4. Beckman lives in Annapolis, Maryland, with his wife, the critic Marcela Valdes, and their daughter.