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About our bloggers

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Carrie McLaren is the founder and editor of Stay Free!, the magazine behind this very blog. She is also the founder and curator of the Illegal Art Exhibit, a traveling multimedia arts program examining the impact of new intellectual property laws on free expression. She pays the rent by working as a web and graphic designer; chronically underemployed, she welcomes your decent-paying freelance opportunity.

Charles Star is Vice President of Stay Free! and a standup comic who performs throughout New York City. When not sorting the piles of money he earns from these two ventures, Mr. Star dresses up and pretends to work as a legal temp. Oh, and he plays lots of poker.


John Aboud writes for film and television in Los Angeles. He is the swarthier half of the writing/performing duo Colton & Aboud. In 2000, he and Michael Colton co-founded Modern Humorist, an entertainment company best known for its online magazine. Currently, Colton & Aboud can be seen each week on VH1's "Best Week Ever" and the "I Love the..." series. From 1996 to 1998, John was a copywriter for Grey Advertising's interactive division, where his effort was characterized as "a failure, but an amusing one."

Skip Elsheimer spends most of his time collecting, archiving and showing 16mm educational films under the name A/V Geeks." Skip recently purchased an old boarding house with eight bedrooms, five of which are filled with films. He presents monthly themed film shows in his home base of Raleigh, NC and in Durham, NC - shows like "Declassified," a collection of military training and recruiting films, or "Televised Teen Traumas," a showcase of ABC Afterschool Specials. He's taken his shows on the road to Houston's Aurora Picture Show, Austin's Alamo Cinema, Boston's Coolidge Cinema, Portland's Clinton Street Theater and New York's American Museum of the Moving Image, where he did an eight-show retrospective. Skip also used to publish Preparation X a wiseass publication that worked to uncover the hidden mechanisms that drives society only to laugh at the shoddy craftsmanship.

Reed Jackson is the community editor of the Brooklyn Star weekly newspaper/scandal sheet, plus a bunch of papers in Queens. He also writes for a number of music magazines and produces tracts for a variety of vaugely neo-Trotskyite organizations. His distrust of people in power is motivated by pure, unadulterated envy. He lives in Sunset Park, where he can frequently be seen "preaching to the animals." He enjoys Scotch and pie, often simultaneously, and wishes one encountered monkeys more in daily life.

Steve Lambert is a Northern California based artist working with issues of advertising and the use of public space. He is founder of the Anti-Advertising Agency, an artist run organization which critiques outdoor advertising in public spaces.

Jack Silbert lives in Hoboken, NJ, not Brooklyn. He considers the vast majority of blogs to be vanity presses for tech-savvy cheapskates.