“But if one wants to be primarily a writer, then, in our society, one is an animal that is tolerated but not encouraged—something rather like a house sparrow..”

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I edit the magazine's FOB—a section appropriately titled First—and features and feature packages. I write on a range of topics, no beat, but I'm drawn to science and health and technology and characters (read: eccentrics).

What was your first job as a journalist?

The (great) Santa Barbara Independent. An alt weekly. Still around, mercifully.

Have you ever used a typewriter?

Yes. It was romantic, by which I mean: not practical.

How is social media changing news?

I fear my answer to this question will be tweeted.