James Hughes is a Chicago-based writer and editor. He has written for Slate, The Atlantic, Film Comment, Grantland, The Ringer, Victory Journal, The Believer, The Paris Review, Wax Poetics, The Village Voice, Chicago Magazine, the National Hockey League, and Apple.

For over a decade, he was the managing editor and co-publisher of Stop Smiling magazine and its book imprint, in partnership with Melville House/Random House.

As a book editor, his titles include Road to Seeing by award-winning photographer Dan Winters; High Static, Dead Lines by Kristen Gallerneaux (now out from Strange Attractor/MIT Press); and How to Wreck a Nice Beach by Dave Tompkins, declared “Entertainment Book of 2010” by Amazon and “one of the best music books ever written” by the Los Angeles Times.

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