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Dan Slater, Editor

Press bios have referred to me as a former litigator. It’s not an outright lie, or even mendacious, but probably too generous. After law school I joined a firm in Manhattan. On the very first day, some nice person threw a copy of American Lawyer magazine on my desk. Paging through it I came upon a book review section, and thought, Maybe I could write one of those.

A few months later, after rejections from AmLaw and several other publications, I found a receptive editor at WSJ.com. All of a sudden I was a freelancer with a small beat – legal pop culture reviewer – and never had I enjoyed unpaid work so much. Before the year was up, two weeks after being sworn in to the New York bar, I left law for a job writing about Wall Street at The Deal magazine.

Eventually, I landed back at The Journal, where I covered legal affairs. But not for long. In early 2009, the economic downturn forced newsroom cuts. Now I’m back to freelancing, writing now and again for the Times, the Washington Post, New York magazine, Men’s Health and GQ among others. My first book, about the online-dating industry, will be published by Portfolio, a division of Penguin.

Reach me at: danielbslater@gmail.com

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