The longtime editor's career included stints at Vanity Fair, Houghton Mifflin and Simon & Schuster. When he lost his job in 2011 as publishers downsized, he went to Paris, Missouri, to see his mother Betty for what was supposed to be a short visit. He wound up caring for her as her dementia worsened. She died in 2015 at the age of 93.
His book about the experience was a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award.