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.