Tod Goldberg is the author of a dozen books, including Gangsterland, which will be released in 2014 from Counterpoint. His essays, journalism and criticism have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal and, most recently, Best American Essays 2013. He lives in Indio, CA where he directs the Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing & Writing for the Performing Arts at the University of California, Riverside. . For more information, visit todgoldberg.typepad.com.