Adam Baer

Adam Baer is a writer, editor, and producer of essays, humor, scripts, music/arts criticism, digital media, and magazine journalism. Originally a professional, conservatory trained musician, Adam began as a music critic and NPR cultural/music 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, Inc., The Believer, Gramophone, Bloomberg, GQ, Wired, Travel + Leisure, The Financial Times Weekend Magazine, Men's Health, Men's Journal, and other publications. Adam's essays have been anthologized in books, including Before and After: Stories from New York; Lost and Found: Stories from New York; and A Leaky Tent is a Piece of Paradise. Adam has read and spoken at various venues, including 826LA, where he also has tutored and served on the editorial board for the organization's first book. Adam has guest-lectured at UCLA and UCSD. If you'd like to contact him about his writing, editing, content, speaking, or creative consulting services, this is the way.


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Born in New York City and raised in Queens and on Long Island, Adam is a former concert violinist who comes from a family of Juilliard-trained 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 digital and 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 photos of the U.S. Supreme Court protest scene on 2000's Gore vs. Bush Decision Day.)

Adam has written about a wide variety of subjects including: music history, new ways to notate and share sound, Bob Dylan, books, film, protons, 80's rock stars, 3D-printing robots, 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 architects, Louis C.K., comedy, profanity, psychotherapy, and leasing apartments in Los Angeles (unrelated).

Adam has written columns for Slate on music and pop culture, 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, along with Sunday T Magazine contributions, and editorial work for The New Yorker. He's written and consulted on editorial for Conde Nast's digital division; covered travel and food for Men's Journal and Town & Country; and reviewed books for the New York Times Book Review, GQ, and the San Francisco Chronicle Book Review, among others. Adam has also 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 The New York Times opinion section, Men's Health, Popular Science, the Awl, and the Los Angeles Times, among others. 

Adam has additionally served as a staff correspondent and editorial consultant for Travel + Leisure. He's currently a contributing editor at Inc. Magazine, where he has covered entrepeneurs, apps, startups, technology, and design. 

Adam's humor writing has appeared, among other places, in/on McSweeney's, Whim Quarterly, and the Nook/Barnes and Noble Review's "Grin & Tonic." A trained screenwriter, Adam is currently writing and punching up comedic and dramatic scripts for entertainment projects. Adam also seems to write long bios and is happy to write yours (brief or beefy).

As an editorial site creator and creative/storytelling consultant, Adam 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 and quickly profiled in the New York Observer and New York Times Magazine

Adam studied violin and chamber music with members of the Juilliard and American String Quartets as well as students of Jascha Heifetz and Ivan Galamian while attending the Manhattan School of Music, Peabody Conservatory, Aspen Music Festival, and Tanglewood. Adam attended Johns Hopkins University and Peabody Conservatory of Music, later attending the MFA program in creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College. 

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