Stephen Rodrick is a contributing editor for Rolling Stone and a writer-at-large for Esquire. He has written for many national publications, some that are still in business. His work has appeared in multiple editions of that Best American series that no one reads except for the honorees. He is a graduate of Loyola University of Chicago, holding a masters and bachelors in political science. He is also a graduate of Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism. In 2013, he published The Magical Stranger, an account of his life growing up the son of a Navy pilot who was killed when he was thirteen. For the book, he deployed with his father's old squadron, VAQ-135. He lives in Vancouver with his wife, the novelist Alix Ohlin, who is much more talented and nicer than him. They have a son and a dog named Peanut.