Maniacal terrorists, plague-like diseases, and missing planes—times are pretty frightening. However, the last time the U.S. was this paranoid it led to significant cultural innovation.
Adam Sternbergh is a contributing editor for New York magazine and Vulture. Formerly culture editor of The New York Times Magazine, his writing has appeared in GQ and the Times of London and on This American Life. He currently lives in Brooklyn with his family. Near Enemy is his second novel.