Neil Steinberg

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Neil Steinberg is an American news columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times. He joined the staff in 1987, and his column appears four times a week.[1]

Steinberg has written for a wide variety of publications, including Esquire, The Washington Post, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated, Details, Men's Journal, National Lampoon and Spy. He has also written for web sites, including Salon and[1]

In 2013 Steinberg was inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame as a Friend of the Community.[2]


Steinberg is the author of seven books:

  • If at All Possible, Involve a Cow: The Book of College Pranks (1992)
  • Complete and Utter Failure: A Celebration of Also-Rans, Runners-Up, Never-Weres and Total Flops (1994)
  • The Alphabet of Modern Annoyances (1996)
  • Don't Give Up the Ship: Finding My Father While Lost at Sea (2002)
  • Hatless Jack (2004)
  • Drunkard (2008)
  • You Were Never in Chicago (2012)

Hatless Jack is the story of the decline of the men's hat industry, as told through the life of John F. Kennedy. The Boston Globe called it a "fascinating sociological story."[3] Drunkard is a memoir of his arrest for domestic battery and his struggle with alcoholism.[4] The New York Post called it "at once hysterically funny and cringe inducing." You Were Never in Chicago is a memoir of life as an outsider in the city. Roger Ebert called it "wonderful" and "poetic".[5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Neil Steinberg biography:: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES". Chicago Sun-Times. 2001-01-01. Archived from the original on 2009-06-29. Retrieved 2008-05-04.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Scot Lehigh (2005-01-31). "Presidential trivia adds to lively 'Hatless Jack'". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2012-11-09.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Interview: Sun-Times Columnist Neil Steinberg". Retrieved 2007-08-19.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>"Interview: MentorCLE". Retrieved 2009-05-02.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Publisher's page. "You Were Never In Chicago". University of Chicago Press.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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