I am a copywriter and editor with over two decades of experience, with a recent focus on geospatial issues. My latest book, Pinpoint: How GPS Is Changing Technology, Culture, and Our Minds, was named a best book of 2016 by Wired, The Financial Times, The Sunday Times, and strategy+business. My stock-in-trade has been the intersection of science, technology, and culture.
I have given talks and lectures related to GPS, GIS, navigation, and other geospatial-related subjects at Columbia University, Stanford University, the East-West Center at the University of Hawaii, Schriever Air Force Base, and the National Space Security Institute at Peterson Air Force Base. I’ve been the keynote speaker at the Carlson Software User Conference, the GIS/CAMA Technologies Conference, and the New York State GIS Association Annual Meeting. I’ve discussed these concepts on National Public Radio’s “Here and Now” and “Science Friday”; WNYC’s “Note to Self” and “Leonard Lopate Show”; and Slate’s “The Gist” podcast.
My writing has appeared in The New York Times, New Yorker, New York, Bloomberg Businessweek, Breaker, The Guardian, The Sunday Times, Time, Slate, Salon, Spin, Blender, Rolling Stone, and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s Pathfinder magazine.
My previous book, Perfecting Sound Forever: An Aural History of Recorded Music, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. I’ve also worked as a political speechwriter.