Lawrence Douglas and Alexander George
That's us, over on the right. Lawrence is on top.
We're in the rolling stacks of Amherst College's Frost Library. (We hotwired
the circuits so that the shelving would close in on us.)
LD was born and raised in Great Neck, New
York. In high school at G.N. South, he co-captained the Long Island champion
debate team and had bad insomnia. Rejected by Princeton, which he didn't want
to attend anyway, he went to Brown. After college, he spent three years in
Europe, playing lots of mini-golf and teaching American politics to NATO soldiers.
He started a Ph.D. program in political theory but bailed after a year. Having
no idea what to do with his life, he took the LSAT, did better than expected,
and went to Yale Law School. At Yale, he drafted testimony opposing Robert
Bork's nomination to the Supreme Court and was co-founder and first Editor-in-Chief
of the Yale
Journal of Law and the Humanities. Mainly though, he sat in Sterling Library
writing stories. Wracked with panic after receiving an offer from a famous
Manhattan law firm, LD realized that legal practice was out of the question.
Luckily for him, he got a job teaching in the Department of Law, Jurisprudence & Social
Thought at Amherst. At Amherst, he teaches many students and regularly goes
to the gym. When not writing humor, he writes on war crimes and perpetrator
trials, and is an expert on Nuremberg and Eichmann. He is married
and has two boys, both of whom are Lego™ fanatics and draw extremely
well. You can send him your questions about humor or the pending trial of
Saddam Hussein at lrdouglas at amherst dot edu.
Rumors of AG’s non-existence (promulgated,
he suspects, by LD) have been greatly exaggerated. AG hit the
scene at the Flower Fifth Avenue Hospital (R.I.P.) in Manhattan and has spent
his entire life in the confines of elite locales and institutions.
They have formed, refined, and mangled his sensibilities beyond repair, and
he loves and loathes them as only an intimate can. He was drawn to philosophy,
the world's second-oldest profession, from an early age, and now teaches
the subject at Amherst College. When he’s
not busy edifying his students, thinking about logic and language,
or producing “humor” to
pay for his expensive addictions, he is either playing chess or trying to
make decisions, two activities for which he has little talent. He can
be sent blandishments, reminders of his debts, or recipes for Rigo Jancsi
at ageorge at amherst dot edu.
LD and AG have collaborated since 1995. Their work has
tickled the fancy of millions through the pages of The New Yorker; New
York Times Book Review; Boston Globe Magazine; Chronicle
of Higher Education; Tikkun; McSweeney's—we
could go on, but modesty counsels otherwise. If you want to see them live (well,
not live, but virtually live,
sort of like they are when they're teaching, except fuzzier than in the classroom,
unless you weren't wearing your glasses in class or were hung over), you'll
find them over
Credits and thanks to:
Willa Jarnagin for website design
Jill Cirasella for html troubleshooting
Frank Ward for authors' photograph
David Ter-Avanesyan for transgendered Shakespeare
All written material
on this website is © 2004-7
by Lawrence Douglas and Alexander George. Please note that LD has a law degree
from Yale and, while he hasn't a clue about legal practice, he will write
nasty letters to anyone who pays for college by selling our
material on street corners.