Lauren SandlerLauren Sandler grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where her devoutly secular parents sent her off to summer camp with a t-shirt declaring, Question authority, but not your mother. After graduating from Barnard College, she spent the latter half of the nineties producing cultural features and news segments at National Public Radio. Righteous found its genesis there when Lauren produced a series for All Things Considered on youth and religion in America, during which she happened upon a nascent Christian youth movement stirring in group houses and church basements.

Lauren left NPR to become a fellow at NYU’s Cultural Reporting and Criticism program—in which she now teaches—and to launch a freelance career which brought her particular fascination with the intersection of culture and politics into the pages of many publications. These include The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Nation, and Salon. Lauren’s journalism has led her into corners of the culture as disparate as the pick-up-artist scene and the born-again rock circuit; she’s reported from Baghdad to Brooklyn, which she calls home. Her writing about September 11 and from Iraq has been collected in various anthologies. Righteous is her first book. 


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