David Blum

David Blum is a New York City writer and editor.

Blum was born in Queens, New York, and graduated with a degree in English literature from the University of Chicago in 1977.[1]

He began his career as a reporter in 1979 for The Wall Street Journal.[1] He has also worked for Esquire (where he became as associate editor in 1983), been a contributing editor at New York Magazine (1985-1992), and a regular contributor to The New York Times Magazine (1995-2000).[1]

A 1985 New York Magazine cover story by Blum is credited for coining the term Brat Pack for a group of young 1980s actors.[2]

In 1992, he published his first book, Flash In The Pan: The Life and Death of an American Restaurant, which was named a notable nonfiction book of the year by The New York Times Book Review.[1][3] He published his second book, Tick...Tick...Tick...: The Long Life & Turbulent Times of 60 Minutes, in 2004.

In 2002, he was named an adjunct professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.[1]

Blum was editor-in-chief of The Village Voice from September 2006 through March 2007 (one in a string of editors the publication had in a short period of time),[4] and editor-in-chief of the New York Press from September 2007 through June 2008.[5][6] In the latter half of 2008, he briefly served as editor-in-chief of the short-lived 02138 Magazine. He has also served as editorial director of its owner (and the owner of the New York Press), Manhattan Media.[7]

As of 2011, Blum works for Amazon.com, as editor of Kindle Singles, the retailer's effort to sell long-form nonfiction for its e-reader device. [8]


Blum is married to television writer and producer Terri Minsky.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "New 'Village Voice' Editor: David Blum". The Village Voice. August 8, 2006. http://www.villagevoice.com/2006-08-08/news/new-village-voice-editor-david-blum/http. Retrieved January 25, 2010. 
  2. ^ Blum, David (1985-06-10). "Hollywood's Brat Pack". New York: 40–47. http://nymag.com/movies/features/49902/. 
  3. ^ "Notable Books of the Year 1992". The New York Times. December 6, 1992. http://www.nytimes.com/1992/12/06/books/notable-books-of-the-year-1992.html?pagewanted=1. Retrieved January 25, 2010. 
  4. ^ Julie Bosman (March 3, 2007). "Village Voice Fires Editor After Six Months". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/03/nyregion/03voice.html. Retrieved January 25, 2010. 
  5. ^ Juston Jones (August 13, 2007). "Formerly at Voice, Editor Takes a Job at the Competition". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/13/business/media/13blum.html?_r=1. Retrieved January 25, 2010. 
  6. ^ Matt Haber (July 18, 2008). "Editorial Shuffle at Manhattan Media; New Editors for New York Press and 02138". The New York Observer. http://www.observer.com/2008/media/editorial-shuffle-manhattan-media-new-editors-new-york-press-and-02138. Retrieved January 25, 2010. 
  7. ^ John Koblin (October 28, 2008). "Notes on Black Friday: Maer's Pot of Gold, David Blum's Demise Foretold". The New York Observer. http://www.observer.com/2008/media/notes-black-friday-maer-s-pot-gold-david-blum-s-demise-foretold. Retrieved January 25, 2010. 
  8. ^ Gabe Habash (July 8, 2011). "Kindle Singles Gains Traction". Publishers_Weekly. http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/digital/content-and-e-books/article/47935-kindle-singles-gains-traction.html/. 

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