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Contributor since:April 2009
Location:Brooklyn, NY

About Me

I'm here to participate in an experiment. I live professionally by two maxims:

"Bad manners make a journalist." -Oscar Wilde

"Every journalist who is not too stupid or too full of himself to notice what is going on knows that what he does is morally indefensible." -Janet Malcolm.

Email me or @smalera



I'm Known For...

Being a business generalist writer for, being an infographic specialist for the defunct Condé Nast Portfolio, being a critic of the same, and leaving web development for journalism just as the former was getting cool and the latter dicy.

My Current Project

this one.

My Greatest Achievement

Running a ten mile race in 2005. Should really work on a new one...

My Biggest Regret

Thinking for too long that I had missed the era of innovation and new ideas on the web by dint of age. (dot com 1.0)

I Truly Respect


Moments I'd Like To Forget


How I Pay For This Wardrobe

target brand toilet paper.

Blocks I've Been Around

none yet in South America or Africa.

Things That Really Happened

I moved to Brooklyn. And I like it.

Where I'd Like To Be 10 Years From Now

In the same apartment.

Why True/Slant

for the ethos of creating.

My Other Website


What I'm Currently Addicted To...

email, of all things.

This Is Annoying Me...

email, of all things.

This Is Making Me Worry...

Geithner, still.

This Is Bringing Me Joy...

my potted herb garden and the anticipation of my first CSA pickup.

I'm Running From...


This Is Helping Me Create...

Apple Wireless Keyboard.

This Is Making Me Think - Hard...

the future.

This Makes My Teeth Itch


Can't Do Without

Gorilla Coffee

Favorite Voices

journalism: Michael Lewis.

fiction: Haruki Murakami.

singing: Jim James (My Morning Jacket).

speaking: Ira Glass.

My Most Awkward Moment

In the last week? Not knowing that Cass Sunstein was a man. Ever? Stay Tuned.

My Secret Ambition

C'mon, no one is ever going to answer this truthfully. Let's say to build my own house, for argument's sake.

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