John Powers is film critic at Vogue, Critic at Large for NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross and writes the “Open City” column for Los Angeles magazine. His 2004 book, Sore Winners (and the Rest of Us) in George Bush’s America, is a study of American culture in the new millenium. After getting his Ph.D. from Stanford University in “Modern Thought and Literature,” Powers taught at Georgetown University. In 1985, he moved to Los Angeles where he worked at L.A. Weekly until 1993, rejoining the paper again in 2001. His work has appeared in New York, Rolling Stone, Harper’s, The Nation, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and Gourmet, for which he served as Southeast Asia correspondent. In 1993, he co-directed the BBC documentary I Am a Sex Addict with Vikram Jayanti (who, like Mr. Powers, is not a sex addict). He and his wife, Sandi Tan, live in Pasadena.
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