Richard Goodman is the author of French Dirt: The Story of a Garden in the South of France. His other books are The Soul of Creative Writing, A New York Memoir and The Bicycle Diaries: One New Yorker's Journey Through 9-11. His new book, The Most Unexpected Thing: One Man Growing Old. And Older will be published by Design Arts Press in fall 2021. He has written for The New York Times, Harvard Review, Creative Nonfiction, Vanity Fair, Ascent and the Michigan Quarterly Review. He co-edited The Gulf South: An Anthology of Environmental Writing. Richard is an associate professor of creative nonfiction writing at the Univeristy of New Orleans.