Writer, Philosopher, Teacher, Skater
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.
Much of my writing focuses on areas where the line between art and life is blurred: personal style, ideals, beauty’s transformative import, social art, street art and graffiti, social norms and ‘openings', self-presentation, creativity in politics, among other things. For a popular/accessible take on these themes, see my recent book On Being Awesome: A Unified Theory of How Not to Suck (Penguin, 2017). You can also hear about some of my work on this episode of the podcast Hi-Phi Nation and read more about me in this interview with Scientific American.
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”.