R. Jay Magill Jr.’s new book, Sincerity: How a moral ideal born five hundred years ago inspired religious wars, modern art, hipster chic, and the curious notion that we all have something to say (no matter how dull) will be published by W.W. Norton in July 2012.
Magill is a writer and illustrator whose work has appeared in the New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Wall Street Journal, Atlantic Monthly, American Prospect, American Interest, Foreign Policy, The Believer, and Spiegel On-line, among others. He is the author of Chic Ironic Bitterness (Michigan, 2007), recipient of an Eric Hoffer Notable Book in Culture award. Magill holds a PhD in American Studies from the University of Hamburg and lives in Berlin, where he works for the American Academy.
Illustration above also by R. Jay Magill