The American Scene

An ongoing review of politics and culture

Noah Millman

Noah Millman used to call himself a “financial engineer” until Warren Buffett accused him of building financial weapons of mass destruction. In the wake of the explosion of said weapons, he has finally got the chance to start suffering and write that symphony (or, in Noah’s case, screenplay).

While his main home on the internet is here at The American Scene, he also blogs occasionally at the Economist’s politics blog, Democracy in America, and is very excited about his latest theatre-related blogging venture, Millman’s Shakesblog.

Noah lives in Brooklyn with his wife and son, neither of whom have any idea what he did for a living and neither of whom appear to have read any of his blogs.

Readers with comments too personal, too profane, or too potentially profitable to make public can email him at gideon dot blogger at gmail dot com. He is honored to be a part of the jazz odyssey that is The American Scene Mark II.

Reihan Salam

Reihan Salam, a fellow at the New America Foundation, has worked for the New Republic, the Council on Foreign Relations, the New York Times, NBC News, and The Atlantic. His interests include, in no particular order, the history of ideas, urban and regional planning, 5GW, technology and society, social policy, demography, normative political theory, youth culture, bad movies, bad fiction, and good music. You can reach him via hisfirstname at gmail dot com.

Peter Suderman

Peter Suderman has no real useful knowledge or skills, but has watched a few movies and enjoys middlebrow television and indie rock, and thus dabbles mostly in that generally useless thing labeled “cultural criticism.” He’s a regular contributor to NRO, and his writing has been published in National Review, The New Atlantis, The American Conservative, Commentary, The Washington Times, The Washington Examiner, Reason, and a number of other publications. Occasionally, he’ll claim to be a libertarian, but that’s really just Washington code for “argumentative geek.” After a brief stint trying to make it as a stereotypical Brooklynite, he recently returned to the Washington, D.C. area, where he doesn’t ever have to explain to anyone what the Cato Institute is. He currently lives in what’s politely known as an “up and coming neighborhood” in the District. He responds to most reasonably sane, not overly belligerent emails sent to

Matt Frost

Matt Frost lives with his wife and five children in the middle of the Commonwealth of Virginia. He works in the American Scene press room, where with pixel-stained fingers he keeps delivering the content necessary to sustain the forward progress of intellectual discourse as we know it. If you have any technical problems with the site, please email Matt at mwfrost {at} gmail dot com.

Alan Jacobs

Alan Jacobs teaches English at Wheaton College in Illinois. His tumblelog is here. And for good measure he writes the Text Patterns blog at The New Atlantis.

Steven Menashi

Steven Menashi has a website.