Chris Norris (left) is a Boston-born, New York-based writer whose topics include: pop, rock, and hip-hop; film, TV, and spurious media; smalltown murder and big-city drama; subcultures ridiculous and sublime. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, Film Comment, and NPR's "All Things Considered." He was Contributing Editor at New York (1994-1999) writing the magazine's pop music column and NYC tales ranging from the twilight of the Ramones to the dark nights of the late New Yorker, Heath Ledger. He was staff writer for SPIN (199-2004), during which time he was nominated for a National Magazine Award in feature writing and had pieces selected for Da Capo's Best Music Writing series and the New York University textbook, The Art of the Essay. He is co-author of the New York Times bestseller and hip-hop Kunstlerroman, The Tao of Wu, which he wrote with Wu Tang Clan mastermind RZA, who took him coast to coast, crushed his chessgame on the Wu tourbus, and describes him as "a student of philosophy, a very smart guy." He attended Commonwealth School in Boston, studied Rhetoric at the University of California at Berkeley, and has lectured at Harvard for a course on brain-washing and at the University of Ohio for courses on non-fiction writing. He lives in Manhattan with a wife, young son, and dog whose street names are: Biggie, Whitedevil, and The Gracken.