American philosopher, writer, and editor who has worked as the literary editor for The New Republic since 1983 and won the Dan David Prize in 2013 for his contributions to contemporary philosophy.
He was a member of the Harvard Society of Fellows from 1979 until 1982.
He was a National Book Award finalist in 2000 for his book Kaddish.
He was born to Holocaust survivors and has been in a long term relationship with Twyla Tharp.
He has dated dancer Twyla Tharp.