Hey there; I’m Adin.
Most days, I’m writing about whatever interests me in the world. Frequently but not exclusively, it involves conflict. Some of my recent nonfiction work has appeared in outlets like The Atlantic and the Los Angeles Review of Books.These pieces have covered everything from the language and literature of war to how we’re writing modern histories, but I’m always trying to explore new ideas and questions that arise in my mind. My day-to-day reporting mostly involves the ways we’re using computers to fight wars. When I find the time, I work on fiction and literary criticism. I also serve as the president of the Military Writers Guild, an international network of servicemembers, veterans, civilian analysts, and writers dedicated to improving how we write and talk about war.
Previously, I worked at the intersection of politics, policy, and communications—the percentages of those shifting depending on what post I was in. I spent time working for private firms, government officials, and non-profit organizations to help see policies through from inception to implementation with a focus on telling the story behind those policies and communicating them to a variety of audiences.
Finally, you can hear my NPR voice on a couple shows. The first, War Stories, is a narrative podcast I host alongside Angry Staff Officer. In each season of the show, we take a topic of warfare and trace its development from inception to the modern day. We focus on the stories of those who were there at crucial points. The other, currently on hiatus, is The Pen and the Sword and centers around a series of discussions on how we talk about and remember war, with a particular focus on the written word. Most of the time it turns out to be a mix of sociology, strategy, history, and literature over the course of an hour-long discussion.
I’m an avid reader and a struggling Tweeter. I also love cooking, good beer, and history.
If you have a story for me, events or discussions taking place, or are an editor who’d like to commission me, please do get in touch.