I'm a philosopher and writer. I have a PhD in philosophy from New York University and a BA in philosophy from UC Berkeley. My work has been published in a variety of places, including McSweeney's, Philosophers' Imprint, The Philosophical Quarterly, The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, and Penguin Books. I'm an Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of San Diego.
Most of my writing is about art and life and how they intersect. For example, I write about personal style, how beauty can change who we are or what we care about, how to pursue aesthetic value in our lives, personal ideals, and self-presentation, among other things. I also keep a philosophical eye on contemporary artistic and ethical culture. For example, I've published articles about street art and graffiti, and my book On Being Awesome: A Unified Theory of How Not to Suck (Penguin) was recently released.
I'm also a former professional rollerblader and have traveled the globe skating in numerous demos, shows, and competitions, including the ESPN X Games (1998-2000). I invented several tricks and am considered an early founder and proponent of a style of skating called “mushroom blading”.