Currently I'm a software engineer and writer based in NYC.

I founded New Worker Magazine, Design Strategist, Pure Cure Technology and a number of organizations, some halfway legitimate.

I used to be a public high school teacher, and worked for some years in international education. I have a teaching certificate from Cambridge and graduated magna cum laude from UC Berkeley with a degree in Rhetoric (what?) and in natural resource conservation.

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For most of my adult life, I have not worked. I chose to not work because I hate the fucking system, and also because I fucking hate the fucking system. At some intervals in not working, I was an activist; other times I just lived in places where a couple hundred bucks can stretch you a year. I've lived in 4 countries and 7 states and have traveled extensively across the U.S. and about 30 other countries. Even though most of my recent career is in the field of "work," I'm not proud that I work. Work sucks. Hi, recruiters!

My disdain can largely be traced to two horrific incidences of corporate and state malfeasance that ruined my parents' health and finances when I was a teenager. Justice was never served, but on the upside, I came away with a lavish sense of sociopolitical alienation and a demonstrably lovely gallows humor.

In all seriousness, it's hard for me to fuck with seriousness lately. For the last few years, I've been trying out not giving a fuck and just making things because I enjoy it. I guess one of those things brought you here. That's something. Thanks for reading.

My latest project launched in January 2019: ➰➰➰.

















Press

In December 2018, I talked to The Cut and Fast Company.

I've appeared on CBS This Morning, CNBC, and in AM New York, Business Insider, Levo, MarketWatch, MSN, and USA Today. I've been interviewed by Coworking Europe, Deskmag, NY Tech, Share Desk, Shareable, Social Workplaces, and on podcasts The Naked Freelancer, QNY News and Vandal's Curious World, which was probably the most interesting one. My most recent "work" interview was in April 2018 in Optix's Future of Work series.

My writing has been reviewed in The Rumpus, Wildness, and The Review Review. My most recent "literary" interview on air was in August 2019 in the Essay Daily podcast, and my most recent literary interview in print was in the Summer 2018 issue of Carve. I sometimes read my work at literary events, most recently at Ditmas Lit in July 2019.

If you want to go deep, some other things in print are a feature I appeared in, edited by Michelle Obama, on first-generation college graduates (in women's print magazine More), and me talking about work again in the book The New Better Off: Reinventing The American Dream by Courtney Martin.













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