Why hello there.
This is the teetering and somewhat fragile home of Chris Barton, that one Chris Barton out of the surprising number of others who you might have accidentally or otherwise read in the Los Angeles Times in an article about music, books or some other corner of pop culture. (Hey, it can happen.)
I’ve written and edited a lot of words for the L.A. Times and elsewhere. Maybe you ran across something I wrote for Magnet Magazine, the Seattle Weekly or my own strange little corner of the internet started during the Great Music Blog Panic of the mid-aughts. Or sometime before that when I worked at a sued-into-oblivion, Napster-esque dotcom called Scour.net, where I did a little copywriting, and before that when I worked as a production editor in the nonprofit world. And if you really want to startle me, tell me you were among jaded comics and the bored homeless who maybe saw me at an open mic during a brief yet troubling dip into stand-up comedy back in San Francisco — the late ’90s were a strange time.
Regardless, this is the space to learn a little more about me, see samples of my work and maybe even allow me to write, edit or move pixels around for you. Welcome, stay awhile.