I’m a writer, critic, and humorist with a day job as a senior editor at Salon Magazine. Previously, I was editor-in-chief of The Bold Italic. You may have read me in Dissent, Jacobin, Salon, McSweeneys, AlterNet or Full-Stop, or heard me interviewed on a podcast like Future Left, Upstream, or The Zero Hour with RJ Eskow.
My first (non-ghostwritten) book, “A People’s History of Silicon Valley,” was released in late 2018. As you might imagine from the title, the book is a critical account of the tech industry’s effect on its global subjects, in terms of exploitation of labor, re-engineering of desires, and subversion of privacy.
I have a bachelor’s degree in astronomy and was a former high school science teacher; my first published book was an astronomy book. In college I was a research assistant on a few different astrophysics efforts, including the VERITAS gamma-ray observatory in Southern Arizona; the MILAGRO gamma-ray observatory in New Mexico; a study analyzing how radio waves move through interstellar media can help us infer constituent matter in said media; and cataloguing white dwarf stars for the University of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Lab’s (now defunct) White Dwarf Database.
My masters is in Literary and Cultural Studies (Carnegie Mellon). I was briefly enrolled in a PhD program before leaving to work at The Bold Italic; my dissertation work involved cultural studies of bureaucracy and the history of anthropomorphic projections in astrobiology. (Some of my Jacobin and Salon articles relate to this.)
Are you interested in an interview or commentary from me? Let’s talk.