Kevin Nguyen

A human bot who writes things

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 founded an online magazine called The Bygone Bureau in 2007 with my friend Nick. We publish essays on culture and the arts. In 2009, we won the Best New Blog Award at SXSW Interactive.

Amazon Books

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.

Et Cetera


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 have a Twitter bot that mimics and taunts me. It was created by my friend Brett O'Connor. You can read this piece I wrote about having a pet bot.

Past Lives

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