Alec Wilkinson began writing for The New Yorker in 1980. Before he was a policeman, he was a rock-and-roll musician. He has published eleven books—including two memoirs, two collections of essays, two biographical portraits, and two pieces of reporting. His honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Lyndhurst Prize, and a Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. He lives with his wife and son in New York City.