David Simpson received his PhD in English and Comparative
Literature at Columbia University and has served on the faculty at Columbia
and Northwestern. His primary academic interests are classical and Renaissance
literature, media studies, American culture, professional communication,
and intellectual history. A former member of the Chicago Board Options
Exchange, he has served as a consultant in business writing and technical
analysis of financial-market trends and has written articles and reviews
on topics ranging from jazz and cinema to slang and cyberculture.