Writing

I’m a digital native experienced with crafting stories in a variety of formats on tight deadlines, using interviews, research and analysis to explain complex topics with a clear, conversational voice.

Focusing on pop culture, I talked with the likes of Trevor Noah, Desus & Mero, Kamasi Washington, Sharon Van Etten and The National as well as in-depth examinations of the success of ‘Game of Thrones’ and on-the-scene reporting from Comic-Con, a TV production shadowed by L.A.’s wildfires, and a comedy club that provides space for kids in need (including a young Tiffany Haddish).  In addition to also covering breaking news, I also profiled and reviewed numerous artists as the paper’s jazz critic while focusing on the young vanguard of the genre, and I wrote the long-running column Overrated/Underrated, a timely, opinionated look at trends and topics in entertainment that was syndicated around the country. 

Here are a few samples, in addition to these rounded up by that paper where I worked and the good people at Rotten Tomatoes

TV: Reviews and Interviews

I’ve covered Hollywood with a broad range of profiles and critical reviews of some of the biggest shows on TV. And some I just liked a lot.

Music: Reviews and Interviews

For over 10 years I followed my own beat as the L.A. Times jazz critic, but I reviewed and interviewed artists across the musical spectrum.

Book reviews

Here are some examples of literary criticism I’ve written for the L.A. Times, including works by Colson Whitehead, Chuck Klosterman and Geoff Dyer.

Pop culture, sports and more

For 10 years I wrote a weekly column about all manner of entertainment, along with essay-length cultural criticism.

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