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.
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
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.
Karp is the author of A Futile and Stupid
Gesture: How Doug Kenney and National Lampoon Changed Comedy
Forever and teaches journalism at Northwestern.
Karp first played golf in sixth grade and was
the worst golfer on some very bad high school and college golf
This book is about how Karp tried to improve
his 18-handicap by taking non-traditional golf lessons with an
Eastern/spiritual flavor/methodology. The result was that he got
down to an 11. But, that - as one spiritual golfer told him - is
"subject to the vicissitudes of impermanence."
Karp lives in Glencoe, Illinois with his wife
Susan and their four sons.
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