I write stories about how technology and pop culture affect our personal lives. I read a lot of books and play a lot of videogames. I'm a clumsy rock climber. I used to live in Seattle, but now I live in Brooklyn.
The Bygone Bureau
I work on the editorial team that picks the ten titles that make Amazon's Best Books of the Month program. I've also worked on email marketing, customer segmentation, data analysis, and some project management.
In addition to the things I publish on The Bygone Bureau, I write a monthly book review column for Grantland. My work has been published in The Atlantic, The Paris Review, Nieman Journalism Lab, The Millions, Kill Screen, and elsewhere. I mostly write about culture, technology, and literature, but my favorite subjects are at the intersection of these things. I'm a member of the National Book Critics Circle.
- The Atlantic "The Little Switch"
- Nieman Journalism Lab "The Future of the Feature"
- Pacific Standard "There’s Nothing Subversive or Anti-Business About 'The Lego Movie'"
- The Bygone Bureau "Rodent City"
- The Bygone Bureau "The Lost World"
- Grantland "Haruki Murakami's Highly Satisfying, Only Semi-Mesmerizing 1Q84"
- Grantland Books & Recs column
- The Paris Review "Unbelievably, Wonderfully Grand"
- Omnivoracious "The Art of War"
- The Millions "A Startup Soap Opera: On Nick Bilton’s Hatching Twitter"
- Omnivoracious "The Reader's Guide to Love"
- The Bygone Bureau "Imaginary Conversations with American Apparel Models"
- Bookriot "Every Book Press Release Ever"
- The Bygone Bureau "Words with Girlfriends"
- Thought Catalog "Taking My Younger Sister to a Belle and Sebastian Concert"
Occasionally I get up in front of people and say things. I don't actively seek out speaking engagements, but I'm happy to hear about any opportunities to wax poetic for a crowd. Some speaking highlights include Up Up Down Down and SXSW Interactive 2012 & 2013.
I send a weekly email newsletter. Sometimes it has links. Sometimes it has other things. It's personal and strange. You should sign up.
I've worked as an editor at I Can Has Cheezburger, managing content for their verticals, and as a blog editor/community manager for Life360. I also volunteered as a drop-in tutor at 826 Seattle.
I earned my B.A. in English and International Political Economy at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA (it's a lovely, tiny school). I graduated with English Departmental Honors and won the Esther Wagner Fiction Prize.
Photo by Sylwia Bartyzel