Good news from Gareth Cook, editor of Ideas:
I am delighted to tell you that Mark Oppenheimer will be taking over the Critical Faculties column starting in April. He will be writing every four weeks.
Chris Shea, who wrote Critical Faculties, left us back in October to become a senior editor at the video-blogging website Bloggingheads.tv.
Oppenheimer lives in New Haven, Connecticut. He is a freelance writer -- his most recent Ideas story was about Bob Avakian. He is author of Thirteen and a Day: The Bar and Bat Mitzvah Across America and Knocking on Heaven's Door: American Religion in the Age of Counterculture. Also, Oppenheimer is the former editor of the New Haven Advocate, New Haven's alternative weekly paper; and he is editor of the New Haven Review, whose second number will appear this spring.
Welcome aboard, Mark!
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