I'm Kelly Catalfamo, a freelance writer and journalist based in Los Angeles, California. I previously worked for The Associated Press in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Phoenix, Arizona; The Day in New London, Connecticut; and The Boston Review in Boston, Massachusetts.
Although my incessant curiosity originally led me to consider a career in science, I've always loved the written word and appreciate the adventures I've had in the name of journalism. In addition to crime scenes, the campaign trail, classrooms, court rooms, town halls, and press galleries, I've found myself:
- Sleeping in shelters designed by architecture students in the Sonoran Desert
- Sailing on a 173-year-old whaling ship
- Observing a baby orangutan's public debut
- Eating diner food while discussing conspiracy theories about mountain lions
- Exploring a butcher's art studio
- Tasting foraged mushrooms
- Talking to locals at a town dump -- which they say is an important community center
I have a bachelor's degree in biology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a master's degree in journalism from Boston University.
The name "lockpicks" comes from this quote from Primo Levi's "The Periodic Table":
In school they loaded me with tons of notions which I diligently digested, but which did not warm the blood in my veins. I would watch the buds swell in spring, the mica glint in the granite, my own hands, and I would say to myself: “I will understand this, too, I will understand everything, but not the way they want me to. I will find a shortcut, I will make a lock-pick, I will push open the doors.”
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