David Blum is a New York City writer and editor.

Blum was born in Queens, New York, and graduated with a degree in English literature from the University of Chicago in 1977. [2]

He began his career as a reporter in 1979 for The Wall Street Journal . [2] He has also worked for Esquire (where he became as associate editor in 1983), been a contributing editor at New York Magazine (1985-1992), and a regular contributor to The New York Times Magazine (1995-2000). [2]

A 1985 New York Magazine cover story by Blum is credited for coining the term Brat Pack for a group of young 1980s actors. [3]

In 1992, he published his first book, Flash In The Pan: The Life and Death of an American Restaurant, which was named a notable nonfiction book of the year by The New York Times Book Review . [2] He published his second book, Tick...Tick...Tick...: The Long Life & Turbulent Times of 60 Minutes, in 2004.

In 2002, he was named an adjunct professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. [2]

Blum was editor-in-chief of The Village Voice from September 2006 through March 2007 (one in a string of editors the publication had in a short period of time), [11] and editor-in-chief of the New York Press from September 2007 through June 2008. [8] In the latter half of 2008, he briefly served as editor-in-chief of the short-lived 02138 Magazine. He has also served as editorial director of its owner (and the owner of the New York Press), Manhattan Media. [9]

In 2010, Blum joined Amazon.com as the founding editor of Kindle Singles, the retailer's effort to sell long-form nonfiction for its e-reader device. [10] In 2016, Blum moved to Audible Inc. as editor-in-chief of Audible Original Publishing.


Blum is married to television writer and producer Terri Minsky. [2]