In which I share an online publishing lesson: why you’re better off keeping your back-end software transitions separate from your front-end design revamps.
A brief note here to acknowledge that this site has been mostly dormant for a couple years there while I worked a full-time-and-more job.
My time at Grist was happy indeed — but splitting my life between Seattle and the Bay Area finally became too much to handle. So as of the end of last month, I’ve stepped down from my job as executive editor, though I continue to work part time editing some great writers there.
Ignite talks are an exquisite form of self-torture for which you voluntarily stand in front of a crowd and give a five-minute talk timed to twenty slides that advance, inexorably, every 15 seconds. At the end of last year I gave one of these talks at NewsFoo, and the kind folks who organized that event […]
I attended the Horace Mann School in Riverdale, N.Y., from 1971 to 1977. I’ve generally thought well of the school as a great environment for a brainy, socially awkward kid like me to learn and grow. I became a writer largely based on my experience there, I learned to love journalism there, and I learned […]
We interrupt this long blog-silence (more on which soon) to note that if you wanna know my take on the Mike Daisey/Apple/This American Life thing, I’ve just posted over at Grist on it. My career started with writing about theater and specifically solo performance, moved into technology coverage, then took a turn into ethics and […]
After a wonderful couple of years writing Say Everything and another great couple of years building and launching MediaBugs, I’m returning to the world of editing: Starting today, I’m the executive editor of Grist.org, the pioneering green news website with the irreverent attitude. It wasn’t entirely clear to me, after I left Salon four years […]
Sometimes your labor on a bunch of projects comes to fruition all at once. Here are some links to recently published stuff: Corrections in the Web Age: The Case of the New York Times’ Terror Error — How did a 2002 error in the New York Times wreck a KQED interview in 2011 about John […]
I know some of you have been following, as I have, the posts by Web pioneer Chris Gulker about his illness over the past couple years. Over the summer, Chris told us that there was nothing more to be done about his brain tumor, and he proceeded to settle his online affairs in the same […]
The Wall Street Journal ran a lengthy and sobering piece this week about how the rise of the e-book is altering the landscape of the publishing industry. It was not, on the surface, a happy picture for authors: The digital revolution that is disrupting the economic model of the book industry is having an outsize […]
In the 1980s I worked as a theater critic. I spent a lot of time in expensive Broadway theaters and ambitious nonprofit repertory companies. But some of my most memorable experiences were at street theater events by groups like the San Francisco Mime Troupe and Vermont’s Bread and Puppet Theater. I first saw them in […]