Michael Preston

Michael Preston

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Contributor since:April 2009
Location:New York, NY

About Me

I'm a native Virginian who adopted California (San Francisco, specifically) before moving to NYC last fall to become a master's candidate at the City University of New York's Graduate School of Journalism.

I write, without much authority, about politics, media issues, culture, sports and anything else that comes to mind...



I'm Known For...

long sentences

My Current Project

Getting this blog up and running

My Greatest Achievement

Making it to age 31

My Biggest Regret

Just one?

I Truly Respect

Jim Fallows, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Daniel Larison, C.J. Chivers, Walter Pincus, David Simon, Steve Twomey

Moments I'd Like To Forget

stumbling over my questions while interviewing Roy S. Johnson.

How I Pay For This Wardrobe

what wardrobe?

Blocks I've Been Around

Various neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Manhattan

Things That Really Happened

Covering election day 2008 in Harlem and Times Square

Where I'd Like To Be 10 Years From Now

Living in London, Paris, NYC or San Francisco and being able to afford it on a writer's salary (ha!)

Why True/Slant

Because they're giving me a shot

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What I'm Currently Addicted To...

The Discovery LP

This Is Annoying Me...


This Is Making Me Worry...

Financial aid distribution dates

This Is Bringing Me Joy...

having the chance to live in S.F. for the summer

I'm Running From...

the creditors and deadlines

This Is Helping Me Create...

nothing in particular

This Is Making Me Think - Hard...

Clay Shirky's essay "Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable"

This Makes My Teeth Itch


Can't Do Without

Chocolate shakes

Favorite Voices

Ta-Nehisi Coates, Conor Friedersdorf, Glenn Greenwald

My Most Awkward Moment


My Secret Ambition

Owning my own English-style pub

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