Adam Baer is a Los Angeles-based writer of essays, opinion, humor, scripts, music/arts criticism, and magazine journalism. He also works as an editor and editorial-content strategy consultant. Originally a professional musician, Adam began his writing and media career as a critic and an NPR cultural/music content producer who wrote for the New York Times, New Republic, Slate, and Washington Post the year that he graduated from college. 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, GQ, Wired, Travel + Leisure, Town & Country, The Financial Times Magazine, Men's Health, Men's Journal, gender-neutral in-flight magazines (sans Ron Howard's narration), 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. He's also currently writing a "vexing medical questions" advice column for The Awl as "Somehow Still-Alive Guy" (ask him questions confidentially by e-mailing email@example.com).
A former concert violinist and current amateur guitarist/keyboardist Adam comes from a family of pianists and has worked as a creative producer and editor for NPR on music and cultural programming; in that capacity he created, launched, edited, and wrote for various new NPR digital media sites and projects after the dot-com boom. (In a bizarre, Forest Gump-like turn of events, he also interviewed great musicians, performed an on-air personal essay, and shot all NPR.org photos of the U.S. Supreme Court protestors on 2000's Gore vs. Bush Decision Day.)
In magazines Adam has 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 apps, business, startups, technology, and digital entertainment. Adam has written for others on a wide variety of subjects including books, film, protons, rock stars, Bach, slime mold, actors, hip-hop, sous-vide cooking, violins, Mel Brooks, Sardinian food, untalented performance artists, Big Sur yurt resorts, rappers, headphone technology, surfing, Radiohead, sauceless pizza, film composers, i-things, contemporary list-making, bluefish, Robin Williams, architecture, Louis C.K., and leasing apartments in Los Angeles.
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 comedic and dramatic scripts for various projects.
Adam has written opinion columns for Slate (on music and pop-cultural film subjects) and The New Republic (on Internet music). Other journalism gigs include working as a regular music and culture critic for the New York Sun and Los Angeles Times while writing regularly for the New York Times technology section for over five years, along with Sunday T Magazine contributions. Other past contributions include reviewing long-running music and dramatic 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; writing about business, digital entertainment, and technology for Real Simple; covering travel and food for Men's Journal and Town & Country; and reviewing books for GQ, the New York Times Book Review, and the San Francisco Chronicle Book Review. Adam is deeply passionate about humor and has written about and interviewed comics for Rolling Stone, the NY Sun, Radar, and GQ. Because he hopes to remain alive for a little while longer he has written on health policy, science, and nutrition subjects for publications like Men's Health, Popular Science, and the Los Angeles Times, among others.
Adam does not consider himself a generalist or Jack of all Trades. He cannot roll his Rs.
Adam is also an editorial site creator and co-founder of The Faster Times, currently a news-humor site, the first version of which 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 for its large collection of respected writers and editors. For the first incarnation of that project Adam worked as editor-at-large and travel editor, contributing revenue-generating content strategy and acquiring as well as editing columns, longform essays, and book excerpts from authors published by highly regarded journalistic and literary outlets -- as well as publishers like Random House, FSG, HarperCollins, and many other houses. With the first version of The Faster Times, Adam originated, curated, and edited essays posted in the "Slow Travel" section, which was the first of its kind to explicitly acknowledge and name the economical, two-pronged trend of traveling locally (even within one's city) and staying somewhere far away for a lengthy amount of time like a local. The section also asked readers to spend more time reading (slowly) and attempted to reinvigorate the life of the literary travel essay online before the arrival of today's longform apps and websites. Adam also serves as editor-at-large for BETA, a forthcoming print travel quarterly from the Matador Network.
As a musician Adam studied with members of the Juilliard and American String Quartets at the Manhattan School of Music, Peabody Conservatory, Aspen Music Festival and School, and Tanglewood. Adam attended college at the Johns Hopkins University, where he combined studies in the humanities, history of music, and The Writing Seminars department, as well as the MFA program in creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College, where he worked with New Yorker magazine veterans and a National Book Award winner. Adam was born in New York City and was raised mostly in Queens and on Long Island. He currently lives with his wife in Los Angeles where he attempts to walk mild inclines.