I’m a writer. I was editor of AOL’s TV Squad and a staff writer for some of their other sites (Cinematical, Slashfood, and Adjab). I’ve written for USA Today, Esquire, New York’s Vulture.com, Salon, The Boston Herald, Paleofuture, McSweeneys.net, Playboy’s The Smoking Jacket, Slacktory, CliqueClack, The Black Table, Ironminds, and other places. Wrote a music column for several papers in the 80s and was then a columnist for Cape Ann Weekly in the 90s and an editor at Tripod.
I published the music zine RPM from 1990-92. I also published the monthly TV newsletter Channel Surfer Journal from 1995-2000.
The essay collection Book, with Words and Pages was released in 2003.
You may have seen/heard me on PBS, FX, and MSNBC or on several podcasts.
Ex-advertising and marketing guy, ex-college radio DJ, ex-restaurant worker.
I launched this site in 1996, which makes me feel old. Back then we called them “online journals.”
Thumbs up: cold weather, tea, old advertising, gin & tonics, Raymond Chandler, Dean Martin, Marshall Crenshaw, The Dick Van Dyke Show, landline phones, typewriters, tennis, Reese’s peanut butter cups
Thumbs down: warm weather, football, reality television, texting, people who don’t say thank you, most seafood, Dr. Phil
Interviews: I’m available for interviews via phone or e-mail.
Appearances: I’m available to talk about pop culture, media, TV, advertising, writing, the web, and what the best frozen pizza is. E-mail me with details about your organization or event.