Curtis White was born in 1951 in San Lorenzo, California, a little pre-fab paradise for veterans of World War II. In 1981, he published his first book of fiction, Heretical Songs with the Fiction Collective. Two subsequent books of fictions, Metaphysics in the Midwest and The Idea of Horne, were published in the New American Fiction series by Sun and Moon. More recently, he has also published work with
Dalkey Archive Press (Memories of My Father Watching TV, Requiem, and
America's Magic Mountain).
In 2003, White published a major work
of non-fiction, The Middle Mind: Why American's Don't Think for
Themselves, with Harper San Francisco.