I’m a New York City native who earned a degree in philosophy from Brown University in 2005, only to discover upon graduation that there weren’t many philosophy companies hiring. So I did the next best thing: returned to New York to become a writer.
I soon landed a job as Associate Editor at YRB Magazine, where I wrote and edited culture, music, and entertainment features, and deluded myself into thinking that anyone had ever heard of YRB Magazine.
In 2007 I made the jump to digital media, becoming the Nightlife Editor at Citysearch New York. I was eventually promoted to Senior Editor, overseeing all content and a small team of editors. In late 2010, Citysearch suspended editorial operations, so I spent the next year Googling myself and freelancing for Time Out New York, PopEater.com, American Express Publishing, and other outlets. I also took a few comedy writing classes, and began submitting jokes to some of the late night shows.
Just as I was beginning to enjoy having no money and lots of credit card debt, in early 2012 I accepted a staff position as Web Editor at Details Magazine. Later that year, I said farewell to Conde Nast, and spent the next two years working as Senior Editor at Maxim.com, where I got to do things like go to Dublin for St Patrick’s Day and make videos with Newman from Seinfeld.