I’m a writer (and not a cold case investigator). I wrote about the NYPD’s Cold Case Squad because I’ve always been drawn to the forgotten, but to be murdered and forgotten was inacceptable. As I say in the preface to my book, “People get sick, accidents happen, but we’re still in the realm of what we have to swallow and can. We’ll complain to the universe about it but we don’t expect an answer. But someone gunning for us? We have so little time to begin with, and must contend with so many other possible bad endings and now this?”
My most recent book is Imperfect Harmony: Finding Happiness Singing With Others (Algonquin Books, 2014).
I am also a very occasional contributor to the NPR show, All Things Considered. When this book first came out I did a commentary about cold cases which you can listen to here.
Also, the former commanding officer Vito Spano and I were interviewed on The Leonard Lopate show. You can listen to that here.
In 1990, I founded Echo, a NYC-based online service where people log in everyday to talk about work, love, how hard life can be, and what’s on TV. I wrote about Echo and the internet in a book called, Cyberville: Clicks, Culture and the Creation of an Online Town (Warner Books).
I grew up on Long Island, received a B.F.A. from Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, and a graduate degree from the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at NYU.
My main web page with links to other things that I do is here.