Adam Baer is a New York-bred, Los Angeles-based writer of essays, opinion, humor, scripts, music/arts criticism, and magazine journalism. He also works as an editor and consults on editorial strategy. Originally a professional, conservatory trained musician, Adam began his writing and media career as a critic and an NPR cultural/music content and digital producer who quickly began simultaneously writing for the New York Times, New Republic, Slate, and Washington Post. Adam has also written for Harper's, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, Los Angeles Times, Atlantic, Virginia Quarterly Review, Popular Science, Playboy, Inc., Salon, Village Voice, The Believer, Gramophone, Bloomberg, GQ, Wired, Travel + Leisure, Town & Country, The Financial Times Magazine, Men's Health, Men's Journal, and other publications. Adam's essays have been anthologized in popular books, including Before and After; Lost and Found: Stories from New York; and A Leaky Tent is a Piece of Paradise. Adam has read at various venues, including 826LA, and he has guest-lectured at UCLA and UCSD. If you'd like to contact him about his services, this is the way.
Born in New York City and raised mostly in Queens and on Long Island, Adam currently lives in Los Angeles. A former concert violinist, he comes from a family of Juilliard-trained concert pianists, the odd sculptor, and one sturdy bassoonist. Outside of music performance and teaching, Adam has worked in music as a creative producer and editor for NPR on cultural programming; in that capacity he created, launched, edited, and wrote various new NPR digital media sites and projects, including subjects for "Performance Today," spoken-word, popular, and jazz projects. (In a bizarre, Forest Gump-like turn of events, Adam's NPR stint had him interview great musicians, perform an on-air personal essay, create special projects on Aaron Copland's centennial and Martin Luther King, Jr., serve as an expert interview subject on music and the Internet, and shoot all NPR.org photos of the U.S. Supreme Court protest scene on 2000's Gore vs. Bush Decision Day.)
As a writer, Adam has looked into a wide variety of subjects including music history, new ways to notate and share sound, Bob Dylan, books, film, protons, 80's rock stars, Bach, slime mold, Hollywood, hip-hop, sous-vide cooking, Mel Brooks, Jascha Heifetz students, Sardinian food, performance artists, Big Sur yurts, rappers, headphone technology, surfing, Radiohead, sauceless pizza, Lebowski fans, film composers, i-things, postmodernism, list-making, string quartets, bluefish, Robin Williams, oncology, modern architecture, Louis C.K., profanity, psychotherapy, and leasing apartments in Los Angeles (unrelated).
Adam has written opinion columns for Slate on music and pop-cultural film subjects, and for The New Republic. Other journalism gigs include work as a regular music and culture critic for the New York Sun and Los Angeles Times as well as writing regularly for the weekly New York Times technology section for over five years, along with Sunday T Magazine contributions. Other past contributions include reviewing long-running productions, like the opening night performance of the Met Opera, for The New Yorker's Goings On About Town section; writing and consulting on editorial at Conde Nast's website for GQ and Details; covering travel and food for Men's Journal and Town & Country; and reviewing books for the New York Times Book Review, GQ, and the San Francisco Chronicle Book Review, among others. Adam is deeply passionate about humor and has written about and interviewed comics and directors for Rolling Stone, Radar, GQ, and others. Thanks to an unusual medical history, Adam has written on medical and health-related subjects for publications like Men's Health, Popular Science, the Awl, Proto, and the Los Angeles Times, among others.
In magazines, Adam has additionally served as a staff correspondent and editorial consultant for Travel + Leisure as well as an editorial consultant for Conde Nast Digital. He currently writes for many publications and works as a contributing editor at Inc., where he covers entrepeneurs, apps, startups, technology, design, and digital entertainment.
Adam's humor writing has appeared, among other places, in/on McSweeney's, Whim Quarterly, his mother's Facebook page, and the Nook/Barnes and Noble Review's "Grin & Tonic." A trained screenwriter, Adam is currently writing comedic and dramatic scripts for various projects.
Adam does not consider himself a Jack of all Trades. He cannot roll his Rs.
Adam is also an editorial site creator and creative content and storytelling consultant who was a co-founder of The Faster Times (1.0), which was sold and now lives as a predictive news startup. Originally, The Faster Times was a new breed of multi-section Internet newspaper/journalist collective, created in 2009 due to the Great Recession and quickly profiled in the New York Observer and New York Times Magazine.
Adam studied violin and chamber music with members of the original Juilliard and American String Quartets as well as direct musical descendants of Jascha Heifetz, Ivan Galamian, and David Oistrakh via the Manhattan School of Music, Peabody Conservatory, Aspen Music Festival, and Tanglewood. Adam attended the Johns Hopkins University (Arts & Sciences) and Peabody Conservatory of Music, later attending the MFA program in creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College. In 2004, Adam moved to Los Angeles, where he still studies in a Human In Nature program under the tutelage of famous canyons, waves, trees, dolphins, sharks, lizards, fires, cougars, and coyotes.