Joshua Wolf Shenk is an essayist and editor-in-chief of the Believer magazine. His essays have appeared in the Atlantic, Harper’s, the New Yorker, Slate, and River Teeth Journal, among many others. His mainstage Moth story “You Can Come Back” appears in the book Occasional Magic: True Stories about Defying the Impossible. He is the author of Lincoln’s Melancholy (Mariner, 2006), a New York Times notable book, and Powers of Two (Houghton Mifflin, 2014), a national bestseller. “The Curse of Cool” is adapted from Slouching Towards Los Angeles: Living and Writing by Joan Didion’s Light, edited by Steffie Nelson (Rare Bird Books, 2020).