About Barbara O’Brien
Owner/proprietor of The Mahablog (est. 2002)
After several years of editorial and production management in the book and magazine publishing industry, I set out to be a freelance web content provider. My personal politics blog, The Mahablog, was launched in 2002. I am a frequent contributor to several websites, including The Guardian‘s Comment Is Free site. Since 2008 I also have been the Guide to Buddhism for About.com.
Note: I’m looking for work as a writer — permanent, temporary, part time, full time, on location (New York City area) or telecommuting. Contact me by email if interested.
Some experience as a blogger: In August 2007 I was a panelist at the Yearly Kos convention in Chicago. The panel was “Faith Or No: Building Secular-Religious Coalitions” and moderated by Pastor Daniel Schultz of Street Prophets.
In September 2006 I was one of the bloggers who met with President Bill Clinton in his Harlem office. I also received press credentials (through Peter Daou) to blog the Clinton Global Initiative Conference the following week. In November I blogged the midterm election results from the Democratic Party victory shindig (in the Manhattan Sheraton) attended by Senator Hillary Clinton and Governor-elect Eliot Spitzer, among others. In June I was a featured guest blogger at the Take Back America Conference in Washington, DC, and also guest hosted at Glenn Greenwald’s blog, Unclaimed Territory. Very recently I guest blogged at Crooks and Liars.
Bachelor of Journalism degree, University of Missouri / School of Journalism, Columbia, MO, 1973
Other Stuff I’ve Written
“Health Care Props and Patches,” Drum Major Institute Blog, January 12, 2007
“About That Uranium in North Korea … Never Mind,” AlterNet PEEK, March 1, 2007
“A (Pretty) Short History of Wingnutism,” Crooks and Liars, December 29, 2006
“New Orleans: The Second Disaster,” Drum Major Institute Blog, January 3, 2007
“What America Needs to Know About Rudy Giuliani,” Crooks and Liars, February 6, 2007
“The Loyalties of George W. Bush,” Scoop, August 14 2002
“An Open Letter to President Bush,” Scoop, September 25, 2002
“Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Henry Kissinger,” Democratic Underground, December 4, 2002
“A Lott to Be Ashamed Of,” Democratic Underground, December 12, 2002
“Gassing His Own People?” Democratic Underground, February 8, 2003
“Is It Too Late to Save America?” AlterNet, March 19, 2003
“Forgetting the Alamo,” Democratic Underground, May 20, 2003
“Bush Eats Barbecue… Soldiers Starve,” Democratic Underground, August 13, 2003
“26 American Soldiers Have Lost Their Lives in Iraq Since President Bush Began His August Vacation,” Buzzflash, August 23, 2003
- 10/2001 – 3/2003, Production Manager, Book Builders LLC, New York, NY
- 6/2000 – 10/2001, Production Manager, Cahners Business Publications, New York, NY
- 7/1998 – 6/2000, Production Manager, Scholastic, Inc., New York, NY
- 10/1995 – 3/1998, Journal Production Editor, Lawrence Erlbaum Assoc., Mahwah, NJ
- 9/1988 – 1/1994, Senior Production Editor, Prentice Hall, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
- 9/1985 – 7/1987, Assistant Editor, Silver Burdett & Ginn, Morristown, NJ
- 6/1977 – 6/1980, Production Editor, Writer’s Digest Books, Cincinnati, OH
- 2/1974 – 1/1977, Editor, University of Missouri Press, Columbia, MO