David's Open Road


    Atlanta Team


    New York, NY


    Public Television: Season 4

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Senior Editor
Rolling Stone Magazine

“I could stop today, look back and say, I had a great time. The things that I dreamed about...it's amazing how many of them actually came true. But I'm not done.”


Journalism Music


Desire Family Individualism Passion Perseverance Success Struggle


Being Creative


cliches, conventional, do it, double life, just do it, middle class, music, obsessed, obsessed with music, radio station, ralph gleason, rejection, review, stock boy, the beatles


  • When asked if he had a "dream job" growing up, he points to his desk; he's living his dream.
  • Grew up in a "golden age" of music; was 15, 16 when the Beatles were releasing what are now considered some of the best records in history.
  • Says he lived two lives in school: worked hard in class, spent the rest of his time at a radio station; went on-air as often as possible.
  • Graduated with a degree in English but wasn't really pursuing anything; got a job as a stock boy instead.
  • Started writing for local paper; they paid him five dollars for a story; never cashed that first check, couldn't believe he was getting paid to write.
  • Would write for anyone who'd have him; says he "learned to write" by just sitting down and doing it.
  • After getting rejected by the Washington Post, he wrote a review dedicated to critic Ralph Gleason; Gleason's widow wrote him a letter of encouragement.
  • Letter said "if you're going to be a writer, you have to be your own person"; he says that letter "told him he was on the right course."

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