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Bill Barol


Santa Monica, CA

Bill Barol

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


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

Note to Staff Re: Decades-Old Vial of Smallpox

If you happen to come across the Ark of the Covenant, DO NOT LOOK INSIDE.
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

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

Don Draper Wears Out His Welcome

You can lie on a couch. But you can also couch a lie.
The New Yorker 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

Adam Lisagor Is Advertising's Quietest Pitchman

"It's such a simple, delightful thing, the sandwich."
Fast Company Link to Story

Hello. I’m Fred Thompson for Bitcoin.

Bitcoin -- it’s like money, only harder to understand. Call today.
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PR Tips from Jack White’s Old-Timey Publicist

I’ll be straight with you: The bread’s good. (Jack pays me in home-baked bread.)
The Bygone Bureau Link to Story

My Secret Coded Message To You: A Key

Two rapid blinks: Good morning. As you know, I have been taken hostage.
The New Yorker Link to Story

Selections from My “Breaking Bad” Fan Fiction

Skyler was grouchy. The car wash smelled funny, like the chemicals they use to wash cars.
The New Yorker Link to Story

Ask Curiosity

Spirit froze to death in a sand pit, did you know that? It took months.
The New Yorker 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.

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