About

My name is Blake Z. Rong. I am a modest writer of semi-serious import. As a journalist, my work has primarily been in the automotive and lifestyle world, featured in both print and online with national publications like Autoweek Magazine, Road & Track, and Jalopnik. For seven years I drove fast cars, attended racing schools, met some interesting people, profiled the first woman to race the most dangerous motorcycle competition in the world, shot some guns, drove a literal shoe, learned how to drag race, flew on the Goodyear Blimp (good day), and crushed a car with a tank

 

As a freelance editor and copywriter I have developed branded content campaigns for The Guardian, Esquire, Car And Driver, and Popular Mechanics. Continuing the feature writing bent, I detailed the competition to launch the world’s first automatic chronograph wristwatch, tracked down the most unusual food in every state, watched television so you don’t have to, and lived vicariously through a racing instructor. You can see more of that work here, on this very website. 

 

Branching out from cars, I am currently working on my first novel: tentatively titled Talossa, it is loosely based on personal experience, exploring the nuances of roots and stability and immigrants and what it’s like to call a place your childhood home, and what it’s like to lose it forever. Also, there are ghosts and Saabs in it. It’s not entirely based on experience. 

 

I’m from Massachusetts, but I have lived in London, Los Angeles, Austin, Texas, and New Haven, Connecticut. I graduated from Syracuse University with a BA in Writing and Rhetoric, and a minor in American history. In my spare time I ride motorcycles, eat Mexican food, collect Soviet wristwatches, and take care of the world’s best cat, Mezzanotte. I am adept at skiing and mountain biking, have opinions on pizza, and can identify up to seven breeds of dogs. 

Austin, Texas, 2016. Faux macho pretensions. (Photo by Kevin McCauley) 

Austin, Texas, 2016. Faux macho pretensions. (Photo by Kevin McCauley

 

I can make the good words for you and stuff

 
Somewhere in Texas. 

Somewhere in Texas. 

In need of a haircut.

In need of a haircut.

Looking at a Saab.

Looking at a Saab.

Our little cat.

Our little cat.

 

My name is Blake Z. Rong. I am a modest writer of semi-serious import. As a journalist, my work has primarily been in the automotive and lifestyle world, featured in national publications in both print and online. While primarily contributing to Autoweek Magazine, Road & Track, and Jalopnik, I've also appeared in Esquire, Town & Country, Car And Driver, and Popular Mechanics.

For the past seven years I drove fast cars, attended racing schools, met some interesting people, profiled the first woman to race the most dangerous motorcycle competition in the world, shot some guns, drove a literal shoe, learned how to drag race, flew on the Goodyear Blimp (good day), and crushed a car with a tank

I’ve always tried to write as if it’s more than mere cars, attempting to capture the experience of what it’s like: to drive something unique, to capture a moment in history and uncovered significance, to always root for an underdog. 

I began to shift from editorial in 2016. As a freelance editor and copywriter I have developed branded content campaigns for The Guardian, Esquire, Car And Driver, and Popular Mechanics. Continuing the feature writing bent, I detailed the competition to launch the world’s first automatic chronograph wristwatch, tracked down the most unusual food in every state, watched television so you don’t have to, and lived vicariously through a racing instructor.

You can see more examples of that work right here.

Branching out from cars, I am currently working on my first novel: tentatively titled Talossa, it is loosely based on personal experience, exploring the nuances of roots and stability and immigrants and what it’s like to call a place your childhood home, and what it’s like to lose it forever. Also, there are ghosts and Saabs in it. It’s not entirely based on experience. 

I’m from Massachusetts, but I have lived in London, Los Angeles, Austin, Texas, and New Haven, Connecticut. I graduated from Syracuse University with a BA in Writing and Rhetoric, and a minor in American history. In my spare time I ride motorcycles, eat Mexican food, collect Soviet wristwatches, and take care of the world’s best cat, Mezzanotte. I am adept at skiing and mountain biking, have opinions on fonts, and can identify up to seven breeds of dogs. 

 

 

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