David Himmel is a literary and journalistic mercenary. His pursuits of the greater good have led him to be an oldies radio DJ, a marketing director, several different team mascots, the editor in chief of a health magazine, a Second City-trained actor, a stand-up comic and the owner of three Volkswagen hatchbacks.
His first book, A Camp Story (History Press) is worth the read. His forthcoming novel, Hope Idiotic, is also worth the read. He has also written well-received comedic plays on his own and as an associate artist with The Fine Print Theatre. Himmel has had lunch with Dick Cheney, opened for The Beach Boys, Ray Charles and other acts, sold some fiction, written for a variety of publications, media sources and corporate entities. In May 2007, he wrote the first cover profile on Kim Kardashian for the now defunct Racket Magazine. In it, he predicted exactly the Kardashian-influenced world we live in today. Blame Himmel. He deserves it and accepts it.
Currently, Himmel is a contributor to and co-editor of Literate Ape, a literary digital 'zine. He works closely with the Chicago branding agency Damen Jackson. Himmel occasionally performs at storytelling events such as The Moth and Mortified. He serves on the Associate Board of Gilda's Club Chicago, an organization that provides free cancer support to anyone who has been affected by cancer in any way. If you're not familiar with the Club, you should look into it. It helps makes cancer less awful and is a far better use of your time than keeping up with the Kardashians. He lives in Chicago with a dog and a creative strategist wife.