Have you seen me before? If not, chances are you’ve heard my voice or read my words. By way of introduction, I report and produce stories for National Public Radio, other public radio stations and programs, and podcasts, I write music criticism for The Brooklyn Rail, and review music books and memoirs for The San Francisco Chronicle. I’m also the creator and producer of The Rumpus’ multimedia columns ALBUM: Portraits of Artists and Writers at Work, SOUND & VISION: Behind the Scenes in the Music Industry, and “Wanted/Needed/Loved: Musicians and the Stuff They Can’t Live Without.” When I’m not working, I’m known to play a semi-mean pinball…
Before all of this, I taught narrative nonfiction and writing for radio at Yale, where I facilitated several storytelling projects, including a collegiate version of The Moth. I also hosted many distinguished guests from the worlds of long-form journalism, non-fiction writing, and public radio– Here are links to a few stories about guests I hosted:
Here are some links to recent pieces from alumni of my radio course:
And here is a story from the Yale Daily News about my work with student storytellers:
Although I’m not currently teaching, they still let me keep the T-shirt:
What’s next? I’ll soon be launching a new magazine on the radio called “Vanishing Ink.” All I can tell you for now is it’s even better than a cheesesteak whiz wit…
These days I work out of New York City, but still appear occasionally in New Haven, and I often travel on Metro North. If you see me there, and I appear a little rumpled, please be kind.