David Denby was born in New York in 1943 and went to Columbia College, graduating in 1965, and then to Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism. He began writing film criticism while a student in Stanford's Communication Department, and has served as film critic of the "Atlantic Monthly," "The Boston Phoenix," "New York" magazine, and since, 1998, "The New Yorker." His articles and essays have also appeared in "The New Republic" and "The New York Review of Books." He has written two books, "Great Books," his account of returning to Columbia for the academic year 1991-92 in order to take its core curriculum courses for the second time; and "American Sucker," which chronicled his misadventures in the stock market during the tech bubble. He is married to Columbia's Associate Provost Susan Rieger and has two sons.
Source: University Programs and Events Planning Resources, March 2006