About Overthinking It
Overthinking It subjects the popular culture to a level of scrutiny it probably doesn’t deserve.
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Matthew Wrather and his smartest, funniest friends started Overthinking It in 2008. He has hosted over 1,000 hours of podcasts on the site. An LA native, he is a computer programmer and recovering actor, and has worked as a writer, tower bell-ringer, poet, janitor, call center manager, and birthday party clown.
Peter Fenzel is a writer, editor, podcaster, and improv comedian based in Arlington, Massachusetts. He’s a strategic communications professional in the financial industry and a resident company director at ImprovBoston’s Harold Night. Follow Peter on Twitter: @fenzelian.
Stokes has been writing for OTI since the very beginning. (No seriously, he wrote the first post on the site.) He’s probably the guy to talk to if you want to pitch an article about music theory or horror movies. Check out his 50,000 word exegesis of Cowboy Bebop, his three–part series on plotting in early video games, or his alternate rules for Monopoly.
Think Tank is an occasional series of articles written by Overthinkers in collaboration and friendly competition.
Seth Mlawski is the author of YA fantasy Hammer of Witches (Tu Books/Lee & Low) and a longtime writing teacher, story consultant, and script doctor. Seth’s essays and comics have been featured in Vogue, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and many others.
Richard Rosenbaum is the author of the novella Revenge of the Grand Narrative; and of Raise Some Shell, a critical analysis of the historical and cultural significance of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles transmedia franchise. Currently he’s working toward his PhD in the lucrative field of Communication and Culture, God help him. He is Canadian and so is his website: richardrosenbaum.ca.
Ben Adams joined Overthinking It in 2012, and in addition to writing and editing articles, he hosts the Overthinking It Book Club. A computer science major turned pirate hunter turned lawyer, Ben currently works as a JAG officer in the U.S. Navy. Opinions expressed on this website are solely his own, and do not reflect those of the United States Navy, Department of Defense, or U.S. Government.
Ryan Sheely is a political scientist who studies institutions, social norms, and international development. On Overthinking It, he co-hosts the Theory for Turntables podcast, in which he applies social science theory to great pop, indie, and hip hop albums. If you let him, he’ll talk to you for hours about how Gossip Girl is the greatest sociological document of our time. Twitter: @ryanmsheely.
Josh McNeil works as a professional political operative and a lobbyist for a cleaner environment. He enjoys watching people perk up at the end of the previous sentence.
David Shechner is a Ph.D molecular biologist who specializes in the biochemistry of RNA. Perhaps predictably, his once-and-future OverThinking tends to focus on matters scientific, though werewolf-related issues are also fair game. One can find his scientific publications here; one can find Shechner himself chasing after his two sons, Frodo and Ziggy. In his spare time, he has no spare time.
Amanda Jordá has been aware that people write their own bios for some time, but that doesn’t make writing about herself in the third person any less weird. She studied fashion design after going to high school for a total of five and a half years, first in São Paulo, then Virginia, and later Baden-Württemberg. She still misses the snow.