If it seems like it’s been ages since I updated this blog, it’s because…well, it’s because it has, indeed, been ages since I updated this blog. But look: I’m lazy. And I have two kids, as well as a gazillion excuses that will only get progressively lamer as I reel them off. In my defense, I did take a nearly two-year-long break to work at Yahoo, an experience I can accurately and legally describe as [REDACTED], and which took me off the grid for a long spell.
Happily, I recently rejoined Wired, where I’m now working as a senior writer for both the magazine and Wired.com. You can read the recent cover story I wrote on Silicon Valley here. Or you can check these variousgoofythings I’ve been doing for the website. Sorry for the absence!
High-Status Characters started out a few years ago, as a New York magazine oral history. This new version is more than eight times longer than the original, and features interviews with nearly 80 of the UCB’s friends, fans, and performers, including Amy Poehler, Conan O’Brien, Ed Helms, Aziz Ansari, Aubrey Plaza, and Nick Kroll. I think it’s a must-read for comedy fans, but then again, I’m kind of biased.
For the latest issue of Wired, I profile Shane Carruth, the creator of 2004’s baffling time-travel drama Primer. Nearly a decade since that film made him one of sci-fi’s biggest hopes, he’s finally back with a new film, the equally ambitious Upstream Color. You can read it all here.
My latest piece for Wired is a profile of Ian Rogers, a digital-music pioneer whose career had a pretty amazing start: In the early ’90s, when Rogers was just a Midwestern college student (not to mention a newly minted dad), he started a website for the Beastie Boys. Soon afterward, he was plucked out of Indiana and thrown onto the road with the Beasties–the first step in a decades-long D.I.Y. journey through the worlds of music and tech. You can read it all here.
I recently spent some time in Pittsburgh with the musician Tom Fec, a.k.a. Tobacco, a.k.a. the leader of Pittsburgh’s mysterious pop-misfits Black Moth Super Rainbow. You can read about Fec in this piece for Tumblr Storyboard, and once you’re finished, I highly recommend you check out the group’s new record, Cobra Juicy. It’s one of my favorites of the year.