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September 9, 2010

I’ve been writing a series of occasional dispatches for The Awl. Here’s the curtain raiser. You can catch them all here.

I’ll be writing on the local view and vernacular of my new home in the Hudson Valley.

Related: Yes, I’m a Verlyn Klinkenborg fan. (Not that kind.)



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I am a New York-based freelance journalist and interactive media consultant.

My writing appears in publications such as the New York Times, Slate and Wired. Archives here include selected past work.

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The Next Big Headache For Digital Publishers

Originally in: PaidContent.

With Google (NSDQ: GOOG), many media companies have come to see an insurrection everywhere they look. Last month, it was the Google Books …

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Banksy of Brooklyn

Originally in: The Economist's Intelligent Life.

For four seasons running, the city’s greatest art crawl has been the New York subway system, courtesy of an anonymous razor-witted and -wielding graffito who …

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Out Out, Damn Blind Spot

Originally in: Globe and Mail

13 Things That Don't Make Sense: The Most Baffling Scientific Mysteries of Our Time, by Michael Brooks.

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The Roswell incident notwithstanding, cold fusion was the 20th century’s original “I want to believe” moment.

In a few short weeks in May, 1989, the …

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U. Tube

Originally in: Boston Globe's Ideas section

Want a free education? A brief guide to the burgeoning world of online video lectures.

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Reserve another laurel for Edward O. Wilson, the Pellegrino University Professor emeritus at Harvard, serial Pulitzer winner, and prominent intellectual: online celebrity.

Forget Charlie Rose …

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SnagFilms: Best Thing for Documentaries Since Netflix

Originally in: GigaOm's NewTeeVee.com

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Last week’s splashy entry into the online video arena of SnagFilms, a widget platform for watching and sharing documentary films that’s being headed up …

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Microsoft’s Shiny New Toy

Originally in: MIT Technology Review

Photosynth is dazzling, but what is it for?

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At last March’s Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED) conference in Monterey, CA, a summit that’s been described as “Davos for the digerati,” the calm-voiced software architect …

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The Tao of Screen

Originally in: Slate

In search of the distraction-free desktop.

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If your computer desktop is anything like mine—and, brother, it is—you’ve paved over every spare pixel in an iconistan of clutter. Desktop design originated in …

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The Starving Artist’s Revenge

Originally in: New York Observer

The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World. By Lewis Hyde. Vintage, 435 pages.

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That first solo exhibit, magazine contract or book advance—for creative types, there’s nothing so thrilling as the promise of artistic breakthrough. Ask friends in publishing, …

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