Tom Carson was born in Germany in 1956, he grew up living abroad. He graduated in 1977 from Princeton University, where he won the Samuel Shellabarger award for creative writing. Carson is the author of Gilligan's Wake, a New York Times Notable Book of The Year for 2003, and Daisy Buchanan's Daughter, 2011. Currently he is GQ's "The Critic," where he won two National Magazine Awards for criticism as Esquire magazine's "Screen" columnist and has been nominated two more times since. A former resident of Washington, D.C., New York City, and Los Angeles, he now lives in New Orleans with his wife, Arion Berger.