I'm Chris. Salutations!
Born in Topeka, Kansas but taught to fear Jesus in the mighty Northern Virginia suburbs, I quit the East Coast after college for an extended stay in the placid surfer’s paradise of Ventura, California, where I wrote for an alt-weekly. After earning a screenwriting degree from UCLA, I worked for a magician for a while, but was eventually seduced back east by Washington, DC's pedestrian-accessible charms.
My writing appears regularly in The Washington City Paper, the NPR website, The Washington Post, and The Village Voice. I've written for Slate, The Guardian, PASTE and The Indian Express, and I was a proud contributor to the best film criticism site on the web, The Dissolve, until its premature demise in July 2015. I teach boxing on the side. Orson Welles is my hero. Loves: running, comic books, thunderstorms, old time radio drama, live drums. Hates: treadmills, reality TV, Auto-Tune.
Here is a flattering review of my life by ace Poynter media reporter Andrew Beaujon.
I was a 2009 NEA Institute Fellow and a 2012 AltWeekly Awards finalist in the category of Arts Criticism, circulation 50,000 and above. In 2015, I was selected as a Critic Fellow for the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center's National Critics Institute.
E-mail me at snakeoilck at gmail if you want.