Stephen Amidon received his first job as a critic in London when he was commissioned to write a book review for Auberon Waugh at The Literary Review. Shortly after this he also began reviewing for The Financial Times, and in 1990 he became the paper’s deputy film critic. During this time, Amidon also started to write for The Sunday Times, and he became its deputy film critic in the mid nineties. In this period Amidon was also books page editor at Esquire. In the UK he also contributed to The New Statesman, GQ, The Guardian, The Modern Review, The Independent on Sunday, and The Listener, and he appeared regularly as an arts and cultural commentator on BBC Radio 4 and on World Service Television. Since returning to America in 1999, Amidon continues to contribute to British publications and he has also written for The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, The Nation, Salon, The New York Observer, Bookforum, and The Globe and Mail in Canada.