Christian Bauman

Christian Bauman’s latest novel, In Hoboken, was published by Melville House last year. His previous novels—The Ice Beneath You and Voodoo Lounge—were based in part on his experiences as a young soldier in Somalia and Haiti. He is a semi-regular contributor to NPR’s All Things Considered and and lives with his wife and daughters in New Hope, PA. Visit him at

Chris Hedges (left) and Christian Bauman's father (right)

Our Father

Entwined contemplations of author Chris Hedges (War Is A Force That Gives Us Meaning) and former ad-man Bruce Bauman, and their respective relationships to this essay’s author (a ne’er-do-well novelist and ex-soldier)...

The Commute (Hoboken, 1996)

On June 1, Simon & Schuster/Touchstone released Living on the Edge of the World, an anthology of essays from New Jersey writers about their home state. The book includes original selections from Tom Perrotta (Little Children), Joshua Braff (The Unthinkable Thoughts of Jacob Green), Jonathan Ames (Wake Up, Sir!), and many more refugee and remaining Jersey scribes. This brief piece from the anthology is adapted from Christian Bauman’s new novel, In Hoboken (Melville House, March 2008).

The Soldier, the Squid, and the Dancer

Me and Jimmy Two-Balls and Xerox were still in a line platoon and were deploying in four days -- four days and we'd be back in the desert; a different one, but desert all the same -- which is why I hadn't done such a great job setting up Norm's bachelor party.