“Self-expression without craft is for toddlers. Real artistic accomplishment requires a suspension of certitude.” – Rosanne Cash

“Who follows another follows nothing. He finds nothing, and indeed is seeking nothing.” – Montaigne

My name is Jon Sobel. I’m a freelance writer and editor. Depending on the situation, I work in different ways:
• on a purely freelance basis
• through my firm, Oren Hope Marketing & Copywriting
• on staff

I’m Co-Publisher and Co-Executive Editor of Blogcritics, a general-interest online magazine covering arts and culture now owned by Critical Lens Media, a company I formed with my business partner Barbara Barnett. I also edit Blogcritics’ Culture section which includes the magazine’s theater coverage along with business, politics, science and technology, travel, sports, fashion, fine arts, religion, social activism, and other topics. As a writer I’ve contributed over 700 articles and reviews.

I reported on theater for Classicalite.com.

I’ve worked as a freelance writer for the New York Post. Here’s a sample.

I’ve also freelanced for The Morton Report, reporting on what’s happening in New York City, with a focus on the intersection of theater and pop culture. My articles are archived here.

I’m a theater critic, a music critic, even a TV critic, and a blogger. Most of my reviews are published at Blogcritics. Excerpts and shorter theater reviews have appeared at Show Showdown.

My main personal blog, Park Odyssey, is devoted to visiting and documenting all of the parks in New York City.

During 2010 I was a staff editor at Book of Odds, for which I wrote over 100 articles.

I write a column called Language Matters in Life and Business about the language of marketing, and contributed to the Oren Hope marketing blog, Marketing: The Business of Life. Our freelance practice, Oren Hope Marketing & Copywriting, specializes in creating and editing marketing materials for industries including entertainment, technology, finance, and retail.

Samples of our marketing copy can be found below and at the Oren Hope website.


Accounting firm website
Barbra Streisand press release
Office furniture dealership website
Emanuel Ax press release
Software developer website
Band biography
Filmmaker press release

Technology and the Internet
Report on developer survey for app developer platform (PDF)
Privacy Battles Promotion on the Facebook of Our Lives
Password Security
LinkedIn, Watered Down

Music, Theater, Arts
For the largest and most updated selection of reviews and articles, see my writer page at Blogcritics.
Movie Review: Man of Steel (2013)
Theater Review (NYC): Julius Caesar (The Royal Shakespeare Company)
Theater Review (NYC): Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein’s Kinky Boots on Broadway
Theater Review (NYC): Macbeth Starring Alan Cumming
TV Review: The Good Wife – “What’s in the Box?
Women in Film (partial)
Can Megaplexes Save Opera? (partial)
The Child Ballads: Anaïs Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer Reboot Centuries-Old Songs
The Lady and the Amps: The All Points West Festival
Concert Review: Pianist Yoonie Han at the Louis K. Meisel Gallery, NYC, 3/21/13
Interview: Megan Hilty of NBC’s Smash on Her Debut Album
Bajofondo: The New Soul of the Tango
Music Review: Gurf Morlix – Finds the Present Tense
Actors and Acting: How the Lowly Have Risen

Two Weeks in Chile
Berlin: A Journey Into Modern History
Park Odyssey: Visiting the New York City Parks – Every Last One of Them
Eight Days in Argentina
Nine Days in Wales
New Orleans: City of Music, Food, and Beautiful Houses
Two Weeks in Greece

Food and Cancer (partial)
Pollen Follies: Allergy Season in Full Bloom

NBA Hall of Fame: The Honorable Odds
Vancouver 2010: The Icy Odds of Olympic Glory
Autistic Teen’s March Madness Perfect Bracket: Putting the Odds in Perspective (partial)

Reporting and Commentary
Wall Street, Occupied
Disunited States (partial)
How George Gallup Picked the President (partial)
Hooligans and Woodchucks: The Roots of the English Language (partial)
Here’s a Shocker: People Lie on Their Online Dating Profiles (partial)
Barbie Bandits and Bling Rings: A Fresh Crop of Female Criminals
Audubon’s Aviary: Portraits of Endangered Species
Walking the Plank in New York City
The Second Amendment: Wrong Centerpiece for the Gun Debate
Descent into the Past: The Atlantic Avenue Tunnel
A pre-election political piece at the Guardian Weekly (UK)

Books, Literature, Writing
Column: Language Matters in Life and Business
News: Len Cariou in Video Sonnet on Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday
Review: ‘The Collected Novellas of Stefan Zweig’
Review: ‘Captivity’ by György Spiró
Review: ‘Bernstein Meets Broadway: Collaborative Art in a Time of War’ by Carol J. Oja
Review: ‘The Girls of Murder City’ by Douglas Perry
Review: ‘Words That Work’ by Frank Luntz
Review: ‘Subtly Worded’ – Short Stories by Teffi
Obituary: Richard Matheson

Contact me:
– Email: orenhope at gmail dot com
– Mobile: 347-306-0217

EDUCATION: Harvard University, BA in English and American Language and Literature