Lee Siegel has been a senior editor and TV critic at the New Republic, book critic for the Nation, art critic for Slate, staff writer at Harper's, Talk magazine, and the Los Angeles Times Book Review, weekly columnist for the New York Observer, weekly columnist for the Daily Beast, and associate editor of ARTnews. His writing has been published by every major magazine and newspaper in the country, including the New York Times Book Review, the New York Times and the New York Times Magazine; the Wall Street Journal's Weekend Section; the New Yorker; the Atlantic Monthly; the New York Review of Books; and New York magazine. In 2002, Siegel received the National Magazine Award for Reviews and Criticism. In 2011, he served as a judge for PEN's John Galbraith Prize.
To date, Siegel has published four books: FALLING UPWARDS: ESSAYS IN DEFENSE OF THE IMAGINATION (Basic Books, 2006); NOT REMOTELY CONTROLLED: NOTES ON TELEVISION (Basic Books, 2007); AGAINST THE MACHINE: BEING HUMAN IN THE AGE OF THE ELECTRONIC MOB (Spiegel & Grau, 2008); and ARE YOU SERIOUS? HOW TO BE TRUE AND GET REAL IN THE AGE OF SILLY (HarperCollins, 2011). Siegel has also published an e-book titled "Harvard Is Burning."
Siegel is currently finishing a short, critical biography of Groucho Marx for Yale University Press's "Jewish Lives" series and editing and writing the introduction for a collection of D. H. Lawrence's essays to be published by New York Review of Books.