Stephen Metcalf (writer)

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Stephen Metcalf
Stephen Metcalf.jpg
EducationWesleyan University
University of Virginia
Yale University
OccupationCritic-at-large and columnist at Slate magazine
Notable credit(s)
Slate magazine, Culture Gabfest

Stephen Metcalf is a critic-at-large and columnist at Slate magazine. He is also the host of the magazine's weekly cultural podcast the Culture Gabfest.


Metcalf attended Phillips Exeter Academy but, "three weeks shy of graduation, was asked by the school administration, in no uncertain terms, to leave."[1] He then matriculated at Wesleyan University,[2] later earning a master's degree from the University of Virginia. After spending some time working on a Ph.D. in the English graduate program at Yale University, he moved to New York City where he worked as a speechwriter for Hillary Clinton and a freelance writer.[3] Subsequently, he joined Slate as a staff writer. He is Slate's "critic-at-large", writes the magazine's Dilettante column and serves as host of the magazine's culture podcast.[4]

Metcalf's work has appeared in The New York Times, the New York Observer, New York (magazine) and The New Yorker (magazine).

He presently resides in Upstate New York with his wife, novelist Koethi Zan, and their two daughters.[5]


  1. ^ Stephen Metcalf, "The Secret of A Separate Peace, Slate Magazine
  2. ^ "Slate Culture Gabfest: Monopoly edition" (audio). Slate. July 31, 2008. Retrieved June 27, 2011.
  3. ^ Sandeva, Zhana (February 10, 2011). "Columnist balances academic and popular writing". The Daily Pennsylvanian. Retrieved June 21, 2011.
  4. ^ "Who We Are". Slate. Archived from the original on June 20, 2011. Retrieved June 20, 2011.
  5. ^ "Bio - Koethi Zan". Retrieved 25 May 2013.

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