Welcome

Hi. I’m John Gorenfeld, a San Francisco writer, author and consulting Web/iOS app programmer. I enjoy Unix command shells and messing around with Objective-C and Swift. My programming experience stretches back to my youth, during which I was obsessed with Commodore Amiga computers and earned extra credit from a kind math teacher after he discovered I had spent his trig lectures writing games on the class’s VAX mainframe about dudes with swords fighting wizards.

I have also done lots of journalism. My writing has appeared in Salon, the New York Observer, Reason and Wild West. I’ve appeared on NPR, CSPAN’s Book TV, the BBC’s World Service, and the front page of the Washington Post, after breaking one of Washington’s first and most hilarious/disturbing political viral video scandals. Here is a short film I made about it. After that I wrote a book that has been cited in places like The New Republic and in Rick Perlstein’s The Invisible Bridge and called “boring” on Goodreads.

I have also written about North Korean monster movie kidnapping misadventures and the Digital Entertainment Network Hollywood dot-com scandal and other weird things. And I am the co-author of an upcoming Western history book, with my dad, William Gorenfeld, whose manuscript is currently under consideration by the U. of Oklahoma Press.

Oh and most recently I spent a few years working with a Sundance filmmaker and with longtime collaborator Patrick Runkle to develop (i.e. write like 100 drafts of) one of my articles into a screenplay about love, movies and escape from the most dangerous country on Earth but you know how that stuff goes.

More soon; portfolio available upon request.