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  • Fluent in English
  • 36, Male
  • Member since 2006
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  • From Pittsburgh, PA
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About Me


Stability, progress


I am a staff writer for tech website The Verge ( I write about the criminal justice system mostly. I try to take story assignments that will require travel. Meeting new people -- often through CS -- is a big part of why I do that.


"Just How Much Reader-Annoyance Are You Shooting For Here Exactly?"

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


Over a number of years, I've hosted and stayed with more than a hundred CSers, and I've learned from every one of those folks.


A few summers ago, a friend and I biked across the United States, largely with help from generous CouchSurfers. Though I've been doing less hosting and surfing these days, I still consider this site to be one of the best resources on the web for finding fascinating, open-minded people.


Funny jokes, beer, insight.

  • writing
  • beer
  • technology
  • traveling
  • socializing
  • hunting
  • surfing

Music, Movies, and Books

BOOKS: Haley, Vonnegut, O'Connor, DFW, HST
MOVIES: Squash, Spinal Tap, anything nuanced and/or nonfiction
MUSIC: The Books, The Paper Chase, Queen, Queens of the Stone Age

Teach, Learn, Share

There's a vision -- a facade -- of a United States populated by lazy, disconnected, overfed, unwelcoming fools. And it's easy to see this facade as representing the nation in total. But it doesn't. And the best way to understand this -- to really appreciate that many people do care about each other, and do believe in largely arbitrary expressions of kinship and community -- is to meet people from all over this country who will open their homes and their lives to you, sometimes repeatedly, with no grander goal than to have an interesting conversation or to hear a new voice.

I haven't traveled much outside the United States, but I'm willing to bet traveling much of the world can be described similarly.

Countries I’ve Visited

United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

United States

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