Leon Wieseltier

American journalist and author. A native of Brooklyn, New York, Wieseltier was educated at the Yeshiva of Flatbush, Columbia University, Oxford University, and Harvard University. He was the long-time literary editor of the New Republic, and is currently a contributing editor and critic for the Atlantic. Passionate in his view about politics and culture, Wieseltier has been called one of the "ideas men of the liberal intelligentsia," yet some of his positions, such as his staunch support of the Iraq War, have made him a maverick of the left. Among his books of fiction and nonfiction are Against Identity (1996), a critique of modern ideas about the self, and Kaddish (2000), a personal exploration of the Jewish prayers of mourning. In 2013, Wieseltier was awarded the $1-million Dan David Prize for "a foremost writer and thinker who confronts and engages with the central issues of our times." See also theatlantic.com/author/leon-wieseltier.