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.


Twitter, the CNN anchor and me

Here’s why 140 characters is so right for some things and so very, very wrong for others.
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My Christmas of Nerd Rage

So how was your holiday weekend?
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Steve Jobs = John Lennon

Jobs saw right past what personal computing was in the early 1980s to what it could be.
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More adventures in self-publishing

Who are you, reader? You’re out there somewhere in the night.
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The Apple train is approaching the station

The question being posed here is a familiar one to early adopters like me: Buy now, or wait? .
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Biblion for iPad: Stumbling through the stacks

And say, did somebody say “multi-linear immersive experience”?
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Naked Pictures of Cat Deeley! Lose Weight While You Sleep!

Quality’s a slippery thing. It’s hard to say what’s valuable, what’s essential, what’s true.
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Path 2.0: The pleasures, and the pitfalls, of small

There’s a place for big, but increasingly what feels useful to me is smaller and quieter.
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3M's PopNotes: How to squander a brand in one easy step

PopNotes is a classroom-ready case study of a company failing to grasp the allure of its iconic product.
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Prime Burger, Adieu

Strand by strand, the city loses its DNA.
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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.