Frazier, who is forty-eight, grew up in Hudson, Ohio; he traced the skeins of his background and the contours of his upbringing in the book Family (1994). For two decades, starting in the mid-1970s, he was a writer primarily for The New Yorker. His humor and reporting have been appearing in The Atlantic Monthly since 1981. Frazier now lives in Montclair, New Jersey -- but is still looking west.
Depending on the weather, the 780-mile trip from Frazier's sometime base in Missoula, Montana, to the Pine Ridge reservation, in South Dakota, could take as long as three days. (Unimpeded by blizzards, Frazier set a personal land-speed record of thirteen and a half hours.) From time to time Frazier took advantage of his location to venture in the other direction -- to Alaska, and thence across the Bering Sea into Siberia. Siberia will be the subject of his next book.
Photograph by Guy Kloppenburg.
The Atlantic Monthly; December 1999; 77 North Washington Street - 99.12; Volume 284, No. 6; page 6.