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About Me

Best known as @econwriter5.

Writer, editor and consumer of knowledge who shares, too.

Professionally, I do a lot of writing on lawyers, technology and social media ,and I share just about anything I find interesting. My current day job is managing editor of Law Technology Today. I also teach MBA/MRR 584: Digital and Social Media for Market Research, at Elmhurst College, both “on the ground” or “in the classroom” and online.

Personally, I read everything I can get my hands on, from books to research papers on SSRN to the standard fair of articles, blog posts and various feeds. Some books I’ve read include:

  • American Sniper by Chris Kyle
  • You Deserve Nothing by Alexander Maksik
  • A Marker to Measure Drift by Alexander Maksik
  • The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
  • Bare-Knuckled Lite: The Best of WRITE CLUB edited by LIndsay Muscator and Ian Belknap
  • Nick’s Trip by George Pelecanos
  • Linked: How Everything is Connected to Everything Else and What it Means for Business, Science, and Everyday Life by Albert-Laszlo Barabasi
  • Bursts: The Hidden Patterns Behind Everything We Do, from Your Email to Bloody Crusades by Albert-Laszlo Barabasi
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  • The Master Switch by Tim Wu
  • 5 Against 1: The Pearl Jam Story by Kim Neely
  • Heavier than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain by Charles R. Cross
  • The Big Short by Michael Lewis
  • Moneyball by Michael Lewis
  • The Blind Side by Michael Lewis
  • Redeployment by Phil Klay
  • Hard Corps: From Gangster to Marine Hero by Marco Martinez
  • Black Hawk Down by Mark Bowden
  • No Easy Day by Mark Owen
  • Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell
  • What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami
  • Running with the Kenyans by Adharanand Finn
  • Born to Run by Christopher McDougall
  • If You Didn’t Bring Jerky, What Did I Just Eat? by Bill Heavey
  • Hatching Twitter by Nick Bilton
  • The Perfect Story: Inside eBay by Adam Cohen
  • Big Data by Viktor Mayer-Schonberger and Kenneth Cukier
  • How to Work for an Idiot: Survive and Thrive….without Killing Your Boss by John Hoover
  • Disney War by James B. Stewart
  • Den of Thieves by James B. Stewart
  • Tangled Webs: How False Statements are Undermining America by James B. Stewart
  • The Google Story by Mark Malseed and David A. Vise
  • Googled: The End of the World as We Know It by Ken Auletta
  • World War 3.0: Microsoft and its Enemies by Ken Auletta
  • Code 2.0 by Lawrence Lessig
  • No Place to Hide by Robert O’Harrow Jr.
  • On Writing by Stephen King
  • On Writing Well by William Zinsser
  • Writing Places by William Zinsser
  • Writing to Learn by William Zinsser
  • Shutterbabe by Deborah Copaken Kogan
  • Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson

Such is what I can remember off the top of my head.

I write short fiction, nonfiction and, if it must be categorized, personal essays.

Non-writing activities include beach volleyball and indoor volleyball, soccer (turf, indoor/outdoor), basketball, and dodgeball. I’m a fan of jazz, and live in a great city for it. I enjoy playing the Uncharted series on PS3, the Infamous series, Last of Us and Last of Us: Left Behind. Recently I’ve gotten into Hitman, and am on the lookout for other games. I also play Mario Kart.

If there’s anything else you want to know, just ask.

About this Blog

Life is a journey.

Cliche, of course, but quite true. The inspiration for this blog is Neil Peart’s Ghost Rider: Travels on the Healing Road. A fantastic, well-written book that weaves observations with self reflection.

Such is this blog, a weaving of observations and self reflections. Adapting and adjusting to new surroundings, a new life, initially far from home and all that is familiar. I returned home, two years later in January of 2014, to a new job, but with a different perspective of myself, my home city of Chicago and the United States of America in general.

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