Hi. I’m Alexander J. Hancock, a writer and editor living and working in sunny (and occasionally smoggy) Southern California. My primary passion is writing but I have experience in a variety of editing and publishing roles.
In my spare time, I like to write about complete nonsense, and sometimes I even like to make short films. This site is the space I maintain for these selfish pursuits, while also giving myself the chance to experiment with my writing and my thinking.
Here is a photo of me looking like a prop-comic from the 1990s:
Thankfully, I don’t look like that anymore. This is what I look like now.
I relocated from Baltimore to New Orleans in my very early 20s, working a number of odd jobs before spending two years as the Programs Coordinator for the Institute for Quality and Equity in Education at Loyola University New Orleans. While there I handled communications for the research institute, launched its blog, and co-wrote or edited a number of white papers.
In 2011 my then-girlfriend (now-wife) and I launched an ambitious but short-lived food blog called Eat Together, which I maintained until joining the Eater blog network later that year. (Eat Together has since been hacked by Russian pornographers and I can’t quite be bothered to fix that.) I launched Eater NOLA as that site’s founding Editor before moving to New York to join Eater NY as Associate Editor. After moving to California, I joined a small scholarly publisher in a combined editorial and marketing role. I now work as a developmental editor for a massive textbook company, combining my experience as a digital editor and my interest in higher education.
At the top of this site you’ll notice a slogan: “I am your pamphleteer.” Nothing’s more annoying than when a slogan is in quotes unnecessarily. This, however, is indeed a quote. It comes from one of the best songs ever written: Pamphleteer by The Weakerthans. My first website was thepamphleteer.org, inspired by that song.