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Steven Levy M.A.

Self Description

August 2007: 'After bookstrapping my way into journalism in 1975, I began writing about technology, the people who make it, and its effects on all of us in 1981, and have been pursuing this fascinating story ever since. After years of freelancing and writing books, I joined Newsweek in 1995, where I’m senior editor, chief technology correspondant, and writer of a column called the Technologist. I’ve written six books (more on these on the site), beginning with “Hackers,” which PC Magazine named the best Sci-Tech book written in the last twenty years. My penultimate (so far) book, “Crypto,” won the grand eBook prize at the 2001 Frankfurt Book festival. Most recently I wrote “The Perfect Thing,” book about the iPod and its reverberations in the business and cultural world, as well as in your ear. (I’ve been on the story since day one, and did a well-circulated Newsweek story on it in July 1994 entitled “iPod Nation”; the cover shot was Steve Jobs holding a new ‘pod with the legend “iPod Therefore I Am.”) I will spare you my playlists.

My stuff has appeared a wide range of publications including The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Harper’s and Premiere. I’ve been a contributor to Wired since its inception. Before focusing on technology, I wrote about a variety of subjects: I was a rock critic at weekly papers (I interviewed Bob Marley and Bruce Springsteen, though not together), covered sports, and tackled other subjects ranging from a shot-by-shot analysis of a scene from “Millers Crossing” to the New York Times wedding announcements.

I grew up in Philadelphia, where my heart was broken by the Phillies (nothing changes), and went to Central High School and Temple University there. Then I got an M.A. in literature at Penn State. (I was chosen to receive the first Distinguished Alumni Award from the English Department there, something no one in Happy Valley would have predicted during my time there.) Now I live in New York City and western Massachusetts with my wife, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Teresa Carpenter, and our teenage son.

In January 2001 I published Crypto, a full-length book that tells the fascinating –and important — story of the revolution in cryptography. The publisher is Viking, and David Kahn, who is the master historian in the field. called it “Cryptography’s Soul of a New Machine.” The reviews were great. (For instance Ben Hammersley of the Times of London wrote, “Crypto is a triumph. I urge you to read it… To combine science and political intrigue and make it a compulsive page-turner is a good trick but to make it essential reading for the age as well is a mark of brilliance.”'

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Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Backchannel Source Jul 3, 2016
Organization Executive (past or present) Medium Organization Jul 3, 2016
Student/Trainee (past or present) Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) - College Park Organization Aug 13, 2007
Student/Trainee (past or present) Temple University Organization Aug 13, 2007
Research/Analysis Subject Prof. Lawrence Lessig Esq. Person Aug 13, 2007

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