Monday, January 26, 2009

The Day Trader

My latest story is a profile of a day trader in Manhattan. NEW YORK magazine created this video segment to go along with the text online. Here's an excerpt from the story:

But like a big-wave rider or a tornado chaser, Peter Milman dives in and out of the market’s sickening maw, riding the explosions of panic and greed and trying to snatch victory—profits—from the jaws of worldwide financial defeat. As a day trader who follows every tick of the Dow, he has a visceral view of the most manic-depressive stock market in recent history.


Tuesday, January 13, 2009


For those looking for the story I wrote on singer-songwriter Bill Fox for THE BELIEVER magazine in 2007, feel free to email me at joe_hagan at hotmail dot com and I'll try to get you a copy of the article. For those seeking his music, stand by: it will be back up on iTunes soon and available to all for download. Meanwhile, there's talk of a potential book on Fox's 1998 album Transit Byzantium, with a submission under consideration with Continuum Publishing's music series, 33 1/3.

Finally, here is the latest news on Fox, as reported by the blog I Rock Cleveland: Bill Fox is playing music again.

Something has changed in Bill Fox. Something that made him decide to come out of hiding and perform. In my brief exchange with Hagan, he hinted that Fox's return to music was spurred by the economy, and by the renewed interest in his music following the Believer story. It was a good story, and it could very well be the truth. However, for those in attendance last night, the whys, wheres and hows weren't important. We were seeing a Cleveland legend live, in person for the first time in a long, long time.