Josh Modell

Josh Modell began his writing career with vicious critiques of his grade school’s cafeteria food, for which he won zero Pulitzers. Fresh out of high school, he managed one of the finest independent record stores in the country (RIP Atomic Records), promoted lots of concerts, and published a music ‘zine (RIP Milk Magazine). From 2000-2018, he worked in various editorial capacities for The A.V. Club, from copy boy to editor-in-chief to editorial director of the whole Onion Inc. empire. He has also had bylines in SPIN, Rolling Stone, Magnet, Vulture, and the Shorewood Herald, which published his prizewinning ($15) “spooky story” in seventh grade. He once sang live-band karaoke with Sting and, maybe in the same year, failed to reciprocate a really cool handshake offered by Dr. Dre.


josh [at] thetalkhouse dot com