Bill Barol


Santa Monica, CA

Bill Barol

I've written for The New
Yorker, The New York
Times, Boing Boing,
Fast Company, Forbes,
Time, Newsweek,
and many others.


What You’ll Be Remembered for…

Mr. Meldrick was perhaps best known for never picking up a check.
The New York Times Link to Story

More Reasons the “Twin Peaks” Reboot Will Never Air

The log wanted too much money. Plus it never shut up.
The New Yorker Link to Story

My Name is Joe Biden and I’ll Be Your Server

Folks, lemme tell you about these Yukon Gold potatoes.
The New Yorker Link to Story

A Statement from the Monkey

In that moment, Monkey reborn as Artist.
The New Yorker Link to Story

Le Blog de Jean-Paul Sartre

There must be a God. There cannot be a God. I will start a blog.
The New Yorker Link to Story

Why I Sleep Badly, But My Dogs Don't

"LAB-radors? Lab-ra-DORS? Plural?" Yes, I said in a small meek voice, wishing I were dead.
Fast Company Link to Story

Can The Sense Help You Sleep Better?

If you have $129 burning a hole in your pajama pockets and a glowing sleep orb is your thing, go nuts.
Fast Company Link to Story

The Monk And The Mad Man

"He said, ‘Look, a Buddhist monk? In an oil company? In Moscow? It’s not going to work.’"
Fast Company Link to Story

Lathered Up

Why shaving, and why now?
Fast Company Link to Story

Me, Al Franken and the worst meeting in show business history

And then, here's the thing: It got worse.
Boing Boing Link to Story

Before Mayberry, A Movie Monster

Griffith makes every second of Lonesome Rhodes' rise and fall queasily believable.
Boing Boing Link to Story

What My Mother Can Do With Her Mind

“I can’t find anything! It’s all been moved!” Like she wasn’t the one who moved it, with her mind.
Medium Link to Story


Bill Barol

Bill Barol is the author of THANKS FOR KILLING ME (Minty Goodness Press, 2011) and MR. IRRESPONSIBLE'S BAD ADVICE (Volt Press, 2005). He’s a former Senior Writer at Newsweek, where he authored cover stories on David Letterman, Bruce Springsteen, Andrew Wyeth, and The End of the Eighties, as well as dozens of inside stories on pop culture, entertainment and the arts. His journalism has appeared in The New Yorker, Time, Slate, The Boston Globe, Fast Company, Fortune Small Business, Washington Journalism Review, American Journalism Review, American Heritage and TV Guide, at Boing Boing, Huffington Post and, and on PBS. He's also been a writer/producer on television comedies including "Anything But Love," "Cafe Americain" and "Townies." He lives in Santa Monica, CA.