A few months ago, I had dinner with Doug McGray
, head honcho of Pop-Up Magazine
, the live magazine I made the freediver mini-film for a couple years ago. If you were around me when I made that piece, you know how much fun I had doing it – even though I got stuck doing the interviews over the phone from a crappy motel room in Alabama while a super outbreak of tornados raged outside. So when he told me he had a super-top-secret plan to expand on Pop-Up
by launching a print + digital magazine, too, and that he was looking for someone to help him run Pop-Up
alongside it, I wanted to know more. The plan's not a secret anymore. The California Sunday Magazine
is really happening; it's gonna be awesome; and I'm gonna head west to help Doug and the rest of his disturbingly smart, dynamic, forward-thinking team keep Pop-Up Magazine
the most inventive outlet in journalism today. The decision to leave Radiolab, my creative home and second family (really, truly) these past four years, was one of the hardest I've ever had to make. I'm in debt to Jad, Robert and the rest of the team forever -- and I'm gonna miss working and hanging out with them like hell -- but I'm also very psyched to start this new chapter. I hope you'll help me! Send me ideas. Advice. Suggestions. And if you're a talented, ambitious, adventurous nonfiction storyteller, or an artist who likes the idea of teaming up with such people, and you want to work on something with us, please drop me a line, especially if you live in the Bay Area. I arrive at the beginning of March.