"Vast sums are flowing unchecked around the world as never before — whether motivated by corruption, tax avoidance or investment strategy, and enabled by an ever-more-borderless economy and a proliferation of ways to move and hide assets.
"Alighting in places like London, Singapore and other financial centers, this flood of capital has created colonies of the foreign super-rich, with the attendant resentments and controversies about class inequality made tangible in the glass and steel towers reordering urban landscapes.
"Where it made landfall in New York, in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks, was the Time Warner Center. . . ."
I took it and the result landed me squarely in Maryland/Virginia, with Baltimore, Washington, and Richmond the most similar cities in the country. Having grown up in Norfolk and Roanoke, I'm pretty impressed.
- Columbia University School of the ArtsSenior Fellow, 2014 - presentMember of the Digital Storytelling Lab. Faculty member, executive education program in digital storytelling strategy.
- WiredCorrespondent, 2010 - presentEssayist and occasional contributor. Author of The Art of Immersion.
- WiredContributing Editor, 1999 - 2010Regular contributor to Wired magazine—major features on subjects at the intersection of media and technology (including Samsung, Sony, Avatar, Steven Spielberg, Hulu, ESPN, Comedy Central, Second Life, alternate reality games, Philip K. Dick, Vivendi, and the AOL-Time Warner merger).
- Travel + LeisureContributing Editor, 1998 - 1999Travel writer and columnist.
- Fortune MagazineContributing Writer, 1997 - 1999Frequent contributor—major features on Hollywood and the global media conglomerates (including Disney, Seagram, EMI, and Michael Ovitz).
- Premiere MagazineContributing Writer, 1991 - 1995Frequent contributor—profiles of Hollywood filmmakers and business people (including Jeffrey Katzenberg, Tim Burton, and Anthony Perkins).
- Esquire MagazineContributing Editor, 1982 - 1987Frequent contributor—major features on popular culture (including new wave in New York, Christian surfers in Southern California, and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs).
Author of The Art of Immersion: How the Digital Generation is Remaking Hollywood, Madison Avenue, and the Way We Tell Stories, published in 2011 by W.W. Norton.
Keynote speaker at ad:tech Sydney, Sheffield Doc/Fest, the Guardian’s Changing Media Summit, and others. Appearances at Google, Lucasfilm, Timberland, Unilever, SXSW Interactive.
Former contributing editor at Wired and Esquire. Former contributing writer at Fortune and Premiere. Articles have appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times and The New York Times Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, New York, Vanity Fair, Travel + Leisure, Rolling Stone, and The Village Voice.
Other books include the 1989 best-seller West of Eden: The End of Innocence at Apple Computer, named one of the ten best books of the year by Businessweek and now available in an updated edition; and The Agency: William Morris and the Hidden History of Show Business.
- Washington and Lee UniversityJournalism