Until stepping down in 2011, Richard Babcock was the longtime editor in chief of Chicago magazine. Before that, he spent more than a decade as a top editor at New York magazine. He is the author of the best-selling Kindle Singles stories "My Wife's Story" and "Ah, Rat." "Are You Happy Now?" is Babcock's third novel, after Martha Calhoun (1988) and Bow's Boy (2002). Raised in Woodstock, Illinois, Babcock graduated from Dartmouth College and the University of Michigan Law School. He lives in Chicago with his wife, Gioia Diliberto, an acclaimed biographer and novelist. They have one son, Joe. Babcock has taught at Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism, Knox College, Loyola University of Chicago, and the Savannah College of Art and Design. In addition to writing and teaching, Babcock occupies himself in following the Chicago Cubs, a team he credits for a lifetime's schooling in the "nuances of failure and loss."