Since the late 1970s I've been an occasional contributer to various magazines, beginning with the student-run Providence alternative weekly Fresh Fruit. In the second half of 1982, The Mad Peck and I wrote the "Video Week" TV column for another Providence alternative weekly, The NewPaper.
My first real job was editing Key Magazine: This Week in San Francisco, where my duties included churning out restaurant, theater, cabaret, and comedy reviews. This job drove me back into the arms of academia. While earning a Ph.D. in English at U.C. Berkeley, I wrote a few papers that might still be worth reading; they're posted here and at academia.edu.
Shortly thereafter, in the early 90s, something called the Usenet, and things called protocols, began to introduce the world to the Internet. I thought I could sell a column on this new phenomenon, but never got anywhere with it. Sample columns are linked hereunder.
Simultaneously, I resumed my freelance career, notably as a reviewer, columnist, and contributing editor for InterActivity, a now-defunct magazine for multimedia authors. I also conducted a brief interview with Larry Page for Wired; provided record reviews to Music & Sound Output and Creem; reviewed a Shakespeare biography for the San Francisco Chronicle; and did perhaps my best work for High Times.
A fine selection of freelance articles