Exciting news — I’ve accepted an offer to become the web producer at Atlantic Media Company’s Think Custom Media division. I’ll be helping to supervise web production for external clients, the first of which is Tennis Media Company. (A lot more than you probably need to know about that partnership here.) I’m excited to be joining TCM — it’s going to be a new challenge, but I think it’s a natural extension of what I was doing at DCist.
Oh, and I’m told I’ll still be able to a little bit of freelance work, so I’ll be popping up every now and then, given my proclivity for commenting on the local issue du jour.
So you don’t feel like wandering out and paying three bucks to read my Kindling piece, eh? Here’s a profile of Nate Anda – the meat wunderkind behind the Red Apron Butchery here in Washington — that you can read for free! (But seriously, go buy a copy of Kindling later, you cheapskate.) Nate’s opening up a storefront in Penn Quarter in the near future, and it’s going to be everything a carnivore could ever ask for.
[On another note: this is the first post I've written for DCist since I left the editor's chair last November. I got a hug in the comments. Warm fuzzies and stuff.]
I’m a sucker for creatively packaged literature. Obviously, Kindling, a Kalorama-based literary journal, appealed to me.
The editors of Kindling — the latest issue of which includes a brief piece of nonfiction by moi – have eschewed traditional binding. Instead, the collection consists of 20 one-page pieces of varying styles, printed on note cards and packed tightly into an envelope. That way, you can read them in any order you’d like! (It also provides the publishers with the opportunity to advertise on the rear of nearly each card under the author’s bio, a brilliant way to help mitigate the cost of bringing forward an issue every month or two.)
My piece should resonate with anyone who is simultaneously annoyed and fascinated by the modern ubiquity of air travel. A Kindling envelope costs three bucks, and I’m told that locals can obtain one at Idle Time Books (2467 18th Street NW, Adams Morgan) or KULTURAs (1728 Connecticut Avenue NW, Dupont Circle). You can also purchase it if you happen to be in Portland, Oregon or Lawrence, Kansas, so there you go.
The fine folks over at Washington City Paper took a plunge into service journalism this week with the Answers Issue, a copy of which you can pick up at any number of reputable newsstands around the Washington metropolitan area today. Yours truly pitched in, answering four questions about the number of Cowboys fans in the District, the city’s Sunday liquor laws, Washington’s fancy stone curbs and the history and usage of the Ellipse. (Honestly, I’m just happy they didn’t assign me the question about the best places to pick up hookers, which Alan Suderman fielded admirably.) Here’s hoping you find the answers enlightening.
Thanks for stopping by. It has certainly been an exciting couple of months for yours truly. After taking a leave from the hectic day-to-day routine of sitting around in my pajamas and waiting for the right puns to magically appear in my brain in order to properly headline other, more adventurous people’s work, I’ve now reached the point where it’s time to actually start getting back to the business of, you know, writing. The next few weeks should be interesting ones — so far, I’ve been cautiously toeing the edge of the freelance pool, being rather picky in my adventures as I stand on the precipice of full-time employment.
(In other words: I’ve been watching a lot of late-night television.)
That said, hopefully I’ll have some interesting things to update you all on at this very establishment in the very near future. Until then, feel free to make my acquaintance, peruse my qualifications, and offer me lucrative freelancing opportunities, like interviewing swimsuit models on a sunny beach next to an open bar or penning a 10,000-word diatribe on the lackluster play of Arsenal’s wingers.