Ed Simon

Ed Simon is staff writer at the literary site The Millions and an editor at Berfrois. He is the author of America and Other Fictions (2018) and and his next book, Furnace of This World; or, 36 Observations about Goodness, is forthcoming in 2019. He lives in Boston.

Recent blog posts by this author

‘White People’ is a Surprisingly Modern Term

The Jacobean playwright Thomas Middleton invented the concept of ‘white people’ on 29 October 1613, the date that his play The Triumphs of Truth was first performed. The phrase was first uttered by the character of an African king who looks out upon...

Why Sasquatch and Other Crypto-Beasts Haunt our Minds

Since the 15th century, and possibly earlier, there have been accounts of hairy, nude and tremendously strong people living in the more obscure corners of the Caucasus. Called ‘Almas’, the creatures are occasionally shot, sometimes domesticated (and...