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From Silicon Valley to “Silicon Valley”

Posted on May 11, 2016 in Uncategorized

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 various goofy things I’ve been doing for the website. Sorry for the absence!

 
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Movie Sign

Posted on Apr 26, 2014 in Uncategorized

For the latest issue of Wired, I wrote an oral history of Mystery Science Theater 3000. If you read closely, you can hear the engines roll now.

 
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Truckin’

Posted on Apr 7, 2014 in Uncategorized

For the latest issue of Wired, I profiled Bran Ferren, the inventor and designer who’s spent the last few years building the most souped-up all-terrain vehicle imaginable–all to impress a girl.

 
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Y’All Are Brutalizing Me

Posted on Oct 18, 2013 in Uncategorized

For the new issue of Wired, I profiled Mr. Show co-founder (and sketch-comedy mentor) Bob Odenkirk. Luckily, I didn’t have to pass a lie-detector test in order to interview him.

 
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And…Scene

Posted on Jun 6, 2013 in Uncategorized

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I have a new e-book out today: High-Status Characters: How the Upright Citizens Brigade Stormed A City, Started A Scene, And Changed Comedy Forever. It costs $1.99, and all you need to start reading it on your smartphone or tablet is the Nook app, which is free, and ridiculously easy to use.

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.

 
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Get In the Box

Posted on Mar 19, 2013 in Uncategorized

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.

 
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What Comes Around

Posted on Jan 7, 2013 in Uncategorized

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.

 
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Cobra Commander

Posted on Oct 23, 2012 in Uncategorized

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.

 
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Have A Good Life

Posted on Sep 27, 2012 in Uncategorized

I wrote an oral history for GQ magazine on Cheers, my all-time favorite sitcom. You can belly up to the bar with the super-long online version here.

 
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The 2012 Achievement in the Field of Excellence Mid-Year Report

Posted on Jun 27, 2012 in Uncategorized

Behind the Beautiful Forevers, by Katherine Boo

Japandroids, Celebration Rock

Pulp, Radio City Music Hall, 4/10/12

Killer Mike, R.A.P. Music

Tad Friend, “Funny Money,” from The New Yorker‘s 6/25 issue

Gatz at the Public Theater

Future of the Left, “Beneath the Waves An Ocean”

Chronicle

Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn

Cloud Nothings,  Attack on Memory

Rampart

Charli XCX, “Nuclear Season”

Hot Chip, In Our Heads

Night Birds, The Other Side of Darkness

The Chris Gethard Show

A Hologram for the King, by Dave Eggers

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