Most Distinguished Authors of Books
May 4, 2010

Peter and I have written a book!

Well, okay, almost. We have written multiple paragraphs of an upcoming book. Unintentionally. More like one of our articles is getting excerpted.

Nonetheless, I’m excited; and grateful to David Wong, Jack O’Brien, and all the other fine folks at Cracked.

-Online résumé updated: check.

-Elbow patches sewn onto all my clothing to make me appear appropriately authorly: pending.

-Returning to blogging actual content instead of just aggressively promoting unrelated projects: also pending, at least until I’m done with finals.

#NN2010
May 2, 2010

Many of you have no doubt already received the Facebook invite I sent out asking people to vote for me to get a scholarship to attend this year’s Netroots Nation. I hope you will.

But more importantly, I hope some of you who are interested in politics will apply for the scholarship as well (I’m looking at you, everyone on my blogroll). Let’s hang out in Las Vegas.

Last NYU Local Post Ever
April 28, 2010

Is here. I had to cut the philosophical ruminating kind of short, but check this space out for some expansion on those ideas in the future.

Part Two
April 27, 2010

This is where I really start presenting an argument.

Final Project
April 26, 2010

Here’s the first post in a five-part sendoff I’m writing for NYU Local. Now you may ask: A five-part, 4,000+ word first-person philosophical rumination? Isn’t that sort of an indulgent embrace of self-parody?

To which I respond: Good point! Why don’t you write about it on your blog?

I’m in the Boston Globe Today
April 26, 2010

Well, the online edition, anyway. Here’s an op-ed by Peter Funt, and here’s my response, along with those of David Spett, Emily Rutherford and Matt Zeitlin.

Breaking Down Breaking Bad
April 23, 2010

The unbearable anxiety of chemistry teacher/meth dealer Walter White’s life has been proven a nice respite from my own finals/graduation/job hunting anxiety lately, so I’ve written up a short tribute to the show’s surprisingly soothing qualities over at NYU Local.

Seriously, if you haven’t watched it yet, you should. I wouldn’t rank it alongside the Mad Men/Sopranos/The Wire holy trinity of artistic merit, but as far as straightforward thrilling storytelling goes, this is top-notch. Beyond the shows I just mentioned, I’m not used to seeing TV crime thrillers that privilege verisimilitude over TV logic this flagrantly, or have this consistently excellent a cast.

Someone Should Hire Me to Do Work Stuff
April 18, 2010

Introduction (EDITED)
On June 25, I will complete the last of my coursework at NYU and leave college with a B.A. in Philosophy. June 26 is what I’m trying to figure out right now. My tentative plans are to move from Brooklyn to Washington D.C., but that is far from set in stone, and I would be happy to move to any decently sized metropolitan area provided there is a good enough job waiting for me there.

Basically what I’m looking for is a job in journalism/communications for a cause or organization I can believe in. Time commitment and salary are of no object to me, provided I remain somewhere above the poverty line; the biggest thing for me is finding a place where my skills will be put to good use. I’m a really strong, passionate writer and communicator, I have a ton of journalism and new media experience, and I’ve got a pretty deep, sophisticated understanding of politics and public policy, among other things.

More details below. Thanks to friend and editor Jess Roy for inspiration.
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In Defense of Nicolas Cage
April 16, 2010

Thanks to the fact that it’s a slow news day, and thanks even more to the indulgence of my editor, NYU Local’s 3,000th post is my spirited argument for greater Nicolas Cage appreciation. I’ll bet they feel honored.

Hangin’ With Bill Clinton
April 15, 2010

Well, sort of. I was on a conference call with him and 50+ other college journalists, only four of whom got to ask pre-screened questions. Writeup here.

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