David Owen is a staff writer for The New Yorker, a contributing editor at Golf Digest, and one of The Fifty Funniest American Writers. Before joining The New Yorker, he was a contributing editor at The Atlantic Monthly and, prior to that, a senior writer at Harper’s. He is the author of more than a dozen books, five of which are about golf: My Usual Game, The Making of the Masters, The Chosen One: Tiger Woods and the Dilemma of Greatness, Hit & Hope, and Lure of the Links, a collection of of golf stories, which he co-edited. His other books are High School, about four months he spent pretending to be a high-school student; None of the Above, an exposé of the standardized-testing industry; The Man Who Invented Saturday Morning, a collection of his pieces from Harper’s and The Atlantic Monthly; The Walls Around Us: A Thinking Person’s Guide to How a House Works; Around the House, a collection of essays about domestic life; The First National Bank of Dad, a better way to teach kids about money; Copies in Seconds, about the invention of the Xerox machine; Sheetrock & Shellac, a sequel to The Walls Around Us; and Green Metropolis: Why Living Smaller, Living Closer, and Driving Less are the Keys to Sustainability, which grew from a widely discussed 2004 New Yorker essay called “Green Manhattan.” His most recent book is The Conundrum: How Scientific Innovation, Increased Efficiency, and Good Intentions Can make Our Energy and Climate Problems Worse. He lives in Washington, Connecticut, with his wife, the writer Ann Hodgman. They have two grown children, both of whom are also writers: Laura Hazard Owen (@laurahazardowen) and John Bailey Owen (@johnbaileyowen).