A native of Glencoe, Illinois, Josh Karp was born in 1966 and graduated – without a pronounced lack of distinction – from Milton Academy (where he failed biology) and Macalester College (where a music appreciation teacher compared him unfavorably to J.D. Salinger).
After a few years of being bad at marketing and advertising, he sought refuge at law school, where he did ok, but almost didn’t graduate because he was too disorganized to complete the paperwork for an internship. This led to joining the family bakery supply business, which was promptly acquired by some Dutch people. That was good, as Karp wasn’t particularly good at that either.
Then he got a graduate journalism degree at Northwestern and found something that he was not bad at. Since that time, Karp’s work has appeared in Salon, Premiere, Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine, TimeOut New York and other publications. His golf writing has appeared in Links and Golf Tips.
His first book, A Futile and Stupid Gesture: How Doug Kenney and National Lampoon Changed Comedy Forever won best biography of 2006 at both the Independent Publisher Book Awards and the Midwest Book Awards. Karp is also the author of Straight Down the Middle: Shivas Irons, Bagger Vance and How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My Golf Swing.
Karp currently lives in Glencoe, Illinois with his wife Susan and their four sons, and teaches journalism at Northwestern. His latest book is Orson Welles’s Last Movie.