As a journalist, he has been a contributing editor for Vanity Fair, New York, Architectural Digest and Departures, and a contributor to The New Yorker, The New York Times, and other magazines and newspapers. His books include "Highly Confident: The Crime and Punishment of Michael Milken"; "Airborne: The Triumph and Struggle of Michael Jordan"; "Pre-Pop Warhol"; "The Other Guy Blinked" (with Roger Enrico), and "Notes from the New Underground".
In l996, he co-founded Bookreporter.com, now the largest non-commercial book site on the Web. From l997 to 2003, he was Editorial Director of America Online. He recently launched Head Butler.com, a cultural concierge service.
He has written screenplays for Robert DeNiro, Paul Newman, ABC, PBS and others, and, for a decade, taught screenwriting at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. He is a Contributing Editor for "Topic A," Tina Brown's "views magazine" on CNBC.
He graduated from Harvard College magna cum laude in English Literature.