Brooklyn-based writer/editor/etc. I work in digital production at The New Yorker, am a staff writer at “The Millions,” and occasionally work as a pari-mutuel clerk at thoroughbred racetracks. I started this blog as an intern at a public affairs forum; it gave me a chance to sort out the themes and ideas in the speeches I was hearing. It eventually shifted to a space for short essays on everything from literature to pop culture, with sporadic posts about dealing with sleazy gamblers. It’s a hard format to maintain regularly, and I think it’s safe to say that listenbetter has drifted into the “dormant blog” column, and I’m sorry about that. I hope to revive it some day. But for now, and for shorter, more frequent updates, please check out elizabethminkel.com.