J.A. Bell

Author of With a Net: An Internet Memoir. Denizen of Syracuse, NY, with three cats, two kids, one partner, and too many gadgets.


Will McAvoy Isn’t Real, but He Should Be

What “The Newsroom” says about the state of journalism in America—and how to fix it.


When Our Pasts Become Lessons

No matter how much memories hurt, there are things to learn from every painful moment. It just takes time to find them.


Down with The Game

The dating codes we can’t crack, and why we should stop complicating things and just be honest


i, Droid?

A longtime user of iPhone, I take the plunge into the world of Android. Will I stay, or will I go?

Publications edited by J.A. Bell

Examinations of the human condition through memoirs.

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My father’s book

Don’t Stop Believin’

Two injuries threatened to stop me from running. Instead, they motivated me to run faster.


Dancing with Drugs

I can’t recommend anyone learn vital lessons about substance abuse by doing drugs themselves, but I don’t regret my own experiences with it.


Will McAvoy Isn’t Real, but He Should Be

What “The Newsroom” says about the state of journalism in America—and how to fix it.


On a Sunday

The dissection and examination of an unremarkable day.


9:30am. No alarm; my eyes simply open, and the act of focusing is slow and arduous. On these…


The Soundtrack to Your Life

If your life was a movie, what would be on your soundtrack?


I’m eleven years old, in Netcong, New Jersey. MTV is on the television…


Learning to Love


I, like many others my age, was raised on a diet of pop ballads and movies that taught a generation what love is, or is supposed to be. Love is an emotion, love is desire…


Pining for Print

A self-professed print-media refugee longs for the stain of newsprint once again.