I’m a writer, critic, and humorist with a day job as editor-in-chief of The Bold Italic. You may have read me in Dissent, Jacobin, Salon, or Full-Stop, or heard me interviewed on HuffingtonPost, America Now! Radio with Meghan McCain, or The Zero Hour with RJ Eskow.

My second book, coming out Summer 2017 from Eyewear Press (UK), is called “A People’s History of Silicon Valley.” I wrote this as a brief, polemical people’s history of the region to which my family emigrated in the 19th century; although as the Bay Area gentrified almost all my family was forced to leave the Bay.

I sometimes do basic illustrations, page and graphic design, video editing and motion animation too. Check out my design page for examples.


I have a bachelor’s degree in astronomy and was a former high school science teacher; my first published book was an astronomy book. My masters is in Literary and Cultural Studies (Carnegie Mellon) and I am currently in a PhD in Literature at UC Santa Cruz, albeit on leave.

Interested in commissioning me? Let’s talk.