Todd Oppenheimer works as a journalist at The Writers Grotto,
a San Francisco collective for freelance writers, filmmakers and
others devoted to the narrative arts. During his 25 years as a
journalist, Oppenheimer has won a variety of national awards for
his writing and investigative reporting and has appeared on numerous
radio and television programs, including ABC's "Nightline."
His articles have appeared in Newsweek, The Atlantic Monthly,
The Washington Post, Columbia Journalism Review, Mother Jones,
and an assortment of daily and weekly newspapers. This book is
an expansion of one particular article, "The Computer Delusion,"
a 1997 cover story for The Atlantic Monthly which won
a National Magazine Award for public interest reporting.
Oppenheimer comes to writing from a long history
in the arts and education. He has been a calligrapher and portrait
sculptor and spent five years as a professional actor in New York
City, where he also worked as a mime partner with Robin Williams.
He serves on the board of San Francisco's Magic Theatre, is a
former board member of the Seven Tepees Youth Program for underprivileged
children, and has volunteered at San Francisco's Mission High
School as advisor to its school newspaper. In 1998 he was named
the city's School Volunteer of the Year. He is a native of San
Francisco, where he lives with his wife, Anh, and sons, A.J. and Moss.
Above: Todd Oppenheimer. Photograph
by John Perino.
Below: Oppenheimer with his wife, Anh, and son, A.J.