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									Jon KatzJon Katz
A versatile, modern writer about life at the turn of the century, Jon Katz has gone from "suburban mysteries" to cultural criticism to personal memoir. His spirited, often humorous musings have earned him both fans and critics; as he wrote in his last column for the web site HotWired: "If the quality of my work was sometimes uneven, my determination to rant was unwavering."

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Jon Katz
Current Home:
Montclair, New Jersey
Date of Birth:
August 8, 1947
Place of Birth:
Providence, Rhode Island
Attended George Washington University and The New School for Social Research

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Selected Works

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								Dog Days: Dispatches from Bedlam Farm, Author: 
								Jon Katz.

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Dog Days: Dispatches from Bedlam Farm
by Jon Katz
Jon Katz shares his aptly named Bedlam Farm with his wife, four dogs, two cows, four donkeys, three hens, a rooster, a barn cat, and an indeterminate number of sheep. Living amid such an unruly menagerie, this inveterate pet lover can hardly regard himself as lord of the manor. Indeed, he must strive hard simply to rise above the chaos of his personal animal kingdom. As in A Good Dog and his other books, Katz balances entertaining anecdotes with insights about the creatures who share our lives.
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								Geeks: How Two Lost Boys Rode the Internet out of Idaho, Author: 
								Jon Katz.
*  Media Rants: Postpolitics in the Digital Nation (1997)
*  Geeks: How Two Lost Boys Rode the Internet out of Idaho (2000)
*  The New Work of Dogs: Tending to Life, Love, and Family (2003)
*  The Dogs of Bedlam Farm: An Adventure with Sixteen Sheep, Three Dogs, Two Donkeys, and Me (2004)
*  Katz on Dogs: A Commonsense Guide to Training and Living with Dogs (2005)
*  Good Dog: The Story of Orson, Who Changed My Life (2006)
*  Dog Days: Dispatches from Bedlam Farm (2007)

*  See the Jon Katz chronology

Underground Phenomenon

Katz was briefly the center of a media teapot tempest when his media critique Virtuous Reality: How America Surrendered Discussion of Moral Values to Opportunists, Nitwits and Blockheads Like William Bennett prompted a vituperative column on The column disparaged, among other things, Katz's basement office; but Katz amiably countered with a defense -- mainly of his basement. The 1997 title that stirred up all the debate, however, has since gone out of print.

Mountain Memoir

Katz's Inspiration

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								Running to the Mountain: A Midlife Adventure, Author: 
								Jon Katz.

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Running to the Mountain: A Midlife Adventure
by Jon Katz
Katz's writing has become slightly more personal of late: He chronicles his experience restoring a cabin (and himself) in upstate New York in the memoir Running to the Mountain.

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								The Seven Storey Mountain: An Autobiography of Faith, Author: 
								Thomas Merton.

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The Seven Storey Mountain: An Autobiography of Faith
by Thomas Merton
In an interview with Barnes &, Katz talks about how Thomas Merton's The Seven Story Mountain inspires him: "Merton was lonely, angry and uncertain, yet he never wavered in his heartbreaking pursuit of the truth about life -- his and everyone else's. I still read from his journals every day of my life. He has always been a source of support and inspiration for me."

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