David Giffels was a longtime columnist for The Akron Beacon Journal before joining the faculty of the University of Akron, where he is Associate Professor of English. His essays have appeared in The Atlantic, Grantland, New York Times Magazine, and Wall Street Journal, among many other publications, and he was a writer for the popular MTV series, Beavis and Butt-Head. Giffels’s other books include the acclaimed Furnishing Eternity: A Father, a Son, a Coffin, and a Measure of Life (Scribner, 2018), The Hard Way on Purpose: Essays and Dispatches from the Rust Belt (Scribner, 2014), All the Way Home: Building a Family in a Falling-Down House (William Morrow/Harper Collins, 2008), Are We Not Men? We Are Devo! (SAF Publishing, 2003), with Jade Dellinger, and Wheels of Fortune: The Story of Rubber in Akron (University of Akron Press, 1998), with Steve Love.
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