Joseph Peschel is a freelance writer who lives in Mccook Lake, South Dakota. He was educated at the University of Iowa, where he studied Electrical Engineering and at Iowa State University where half of his double major was in English, concentrating on, of all things, writing and Shakespeare; the other half was journalism. He has a BA from Iowa State University. Despite his education, he can still write in English when his editor demands it.
Currently, Peschel is a book reviewer and critic. He has written more than 100 articles and reviews for the Washington Post, the Houston Chronicle, the Chicago Tribune, the Barnes & Noble Review, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Boston Globe, the Daily Beast, the Kansas City Star, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the Raleigh (NC) News & Observer, the Charlotte (NC) Observer, and other newspapers and magazines..
He has worked as computer journalist and software reviewer. He's written for PC World, InfoWorld, Computer Buyer's Guide and Handbook, PC Upgrade, and other computer magazines. For a time, he worked a gig as a local newspaper computer columnist. He's also taught at the local community college.
Peschel's favorite authors include John Updike, Tobias Wolff, Charles Baxter, Woody Allen, Philip Roth, T.C. Boyle, Bill Bryson, J.D. Salinger, Paul Theroux, and John Irving. He'd like to shoot Tom Wolfe. His favorite long-dead authors are Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Raymond Carver, Capote, T. S. Eliot, Pablo Neruda, Shakespeare, and Molière (especially Richard Wilbur's translations). But Peschel insists he still won't like Wolfe after he's gone. He relishes the poems of Richard Wilbur and W. S. Merwin.
When he isn't writing, editing, reading, websurfing, or pitching review ideas to editors, Peschel can be found training students or working out. He is a 3rd degree black belt in TaeKwonDo and head instructor at White Tiger Martial Arts.