In A Nutshell
In addition to being a brother and son, I'm a Jewish-American writer, veteran, secular humanist, stoic, and proud member of what I call "the anti-totalitarian, pro-Enlightenment left". My professional background includes a mixture of military service, political organizing, and defense contracting. Due to my work I have lived and traveled all over the world: Asia, Africa, Europe, South America, the Caribbean, and the Middle East. My writing has been featured at The Humanist, Areo Magazine, Thought Catalog, and Wrath-Bearing Tree; but what you can expect to find on my personal website (where I shout into the void and hope the void shouts back) are my personal reflections on philosophy, history, current world affairs, and— occasionally— food, along with books I've written, books I recommend, and photos of my travels.
Intellectual influences include (but are not limited to): Christopher Hitchens, George Orwell, Sidney Hook, Thomas Paine, Thomas Jefferson, Voltaire, Nick Cohen, Sam Harris, Ernest Hemingway, Marcus Aurelius, Rabbi Sherwin Wine and, as far as food goes, Anthony Bourdain. Groups I've been happy to be a part of, in the past and in the present, include: Democratic Socialists of America, the Liberal Gun Club, the Society for Humanistic Judaism, and Ameinu (Labor Zionism). I've been loving life for twenty-seven years and hope to love life for seventy-three more.