David Yaffe was born in Dallas, TX and received his B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and his Ph.D. in English from the CUNY Graduate Center. He is the author of Fascinating Rhythm: Reading Jazz in American Writing (Princeton, 2006) and Bob Dylan: Like a Complete Unknown (Yale, 2011). He is currently at work on Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, forthcoming). He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on 20th and 21st Century American fiction, poetry, music, and creative nonfiction. He is a music critic for The Nation and has also written for Harper's, Slate, The New York Times, New York, The Village Voice, The New Republic, Bookforum, The Chronicle of Higher Education Review, and other publications. Click here to visit David's website.
(Feb. 11, 2019)
Bestselling authors discuss books on Lou Reed '64, Joni Mitchell and rock journalism, in general
(Oct. 11, 2018)
Professor David Yaffe continues to rake in awards for 2017 bestseller
(Nov. 27, 2017)
Humanities Prof David Yaffe to Discuss Joni Mitchell Book at Barnes and Noble
Research and Teaching Interests
20th and 21st century American fiction and poetry; music criticism; creative nonfiction; biography and autobiography; the book review; the essay.
20th and 21st century American fiction and poetry; interdisciplinary studies, especially the intersections of music and literature; creative nonfiction; biography and autobiography; the book review; the essay; public intellectuals; jazz and rock criticism.
Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell, by David Yaffe, Sarah Crichton Books (October 17, 2017), 448 pp., ISBN-13: 978-0374248130
Bob Dylan: Like a Complete Unknown (Icons of America), by David Yaffe, Yale University Press; Reprint edition (June 19, 2012), 192 pp., ISBN-13: 978-0300181876
Fascinating Rhythm: Reading Jazz in American Writing, by David Yaffe, Princeton University Press (November 27, 2005), 232 pp., ISBN-13: 978-0691123578