Adam Kirsch has been described as "elegant and astute-[a] critic of the very first order" (The New York Times). In Rocket and Lightship he examines the work and life of writers past and present, from intellectuals Susan Sontag, Hannah Arendt and Walter Benjamin to novelists including E.M. Forster, David Foster Wallace and Zadie Smith.
Adam Kirsch is a poet, literary critic, and the director of the master's program in Jewish studies at Columbia University. He is a also columnist for Tablet and a contributor to the New York Times Book Review and The New Yorker. He lives in New York.