Robert Kurson grew up in the Chicago suburbs.
He earned a bachelors degree in philosophy from the
University of Wisconsin, then a law degree from Harvard Law
School. He practiced real estate law, but quit to pursue a
writing career. To make ends meet, he worked full time as
a drapery and window blinds installer, then as a Wal-Mart
options trader at the Chicago Board Options Exchange. He was
hired by the Chicago Sun-Times as a data entry clerk, a position
which led to a full-time features writing job. In 2000, Esquire
published My Favorite Teacher, his first magazine
story, which became a finalist for a National Magazine Award.
He moved from the Sun-Times to Chicago magazine,
then to Esquire, where he is a contributing editor.
His stories have appeared in Rolling Stone, The
New York Times Magazine, and other publications. He lives
in the Chicago suburbs.
Kurson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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