Bio

Gimme words.

That’s how you say it in my world — talk to me, gimme words. Tell me who you are. I’m a crime reporter, a street rat, the kind you pray you’ll never see standing outside your apartment building. Bad news pays my bills.

I cut my teeth running for the New York City tabloids, earned my stripes stringing at the Wall Street Journal, and write regularly for Vice and more occasionally for the Village Voice, the Los Angeles Times and the New York Observer, among others. When I’m not breaking news, you can find me lecturing at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism or toiling away on book projects (h/t the Frances Goldin Literary Agency). My voice is for print and my face is for radio. The limp I owe to God.

My WorkVICE, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, New York TimesNew York Daily News, New York ObserverDNAinfo.com New York &  just about every other major publication with a major metro in its masthead. Others, also.

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Education: UC Berkeley May 2008 & Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, May 2009| Languages: español, ruski

Obsessions: Illness, gangsters, Crown Heights, fur stoles, ebooks, free books, libraries, beaches, loud dresses, big earrings, fatality review boards, ICE, organ trafficking, the evil eye, social-enabled policing, childcare, picture books, L.A. Israelis, Brooklyn Hasidim, linguistics, public hospitals, femicide, parasites, zoonatic disease, global migration and the Statue of Liberty.

Influences: The Russians (Babel, Grossman, Dovlatov, Nabokov — and Kapuscinski, who is technically Polish), The Wunderkind (Zadie Smith, Shani Boianjiu, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Gary Shteyngart, Aravind Adiga, Etgar Keret), The New Yorkers (Jia Tolentino, Elif Batuman, Rachel Aviv, Ariel Levi) The Shutter Bugs (Capa, Weegee, Arbus), The Scientists (China Mieville, Ted Chiang) The Crime Writers (Edna Buchanan, Jill Leovy, Janet Malcolm) The Hot Chicks (Asa Akira) The Linguists (John McWhorter) The Brooklyn Boys (Capote, Lethem, Auster), and Rav Lenny Bruce ZT”L.

Active Ingredients: Russian Standard, pickled watermelon, cold brew, Hi-Tar Noblesse | R&R : 6lack, MIA, Lolo Zuai, Sesame Street, wandering, rootless cosmopolitanism, social parasitism, photography, samizdat & international travel.

Further Publications: See Portfolio.

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