I grew up in Baltimore, in a tight-knit family of German and Czech immigrants. In the 90s and early 00s, I was immersed in the D.C. punk scene and Riot Grrrl. University was mostly Towson State — double major English (focus, Virginia Woolf) and Women’s Studies (focus, Black feminism), double minor art history and French.
I’ve written and edited for Dow Jones, Men’s Journal, Radar, Inc., Hearst publications, and Brooklyn Rail. I covered music regularly for Time Out New York for about a decade. I have also copy-chiefed for every magazine that has ever existed (slight exaggeration). At SmartMoney: The Wall Street Journal Magazine, I was deputy managing editor, and I moved to Silicon Valley in 2015 to be deputy editor of news and culture site OZY.com.
Some fun facts: I’ve read all 72 Nero Wolfe books. I love living in Silicon Valley — NYC is still home, but in California I get to see coyotes, bobcats and rattlesnakes on the regular. I speak French fluently and German better than the average bear. McNally Jackson Books on Prince Street (NYC) is my holy place. I went to Catholic school from pre-K through grade 12 and learned grammar from actual nuns.
I'm working on a memoir about my father's 1987 murder and the years I spent trying to understand it.