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Allen Salkin, an investigative journalist, is a staff reporter at The New York Times. He is also the author of the book Festivus: The Holiday for the Rest of Us (ISBN 0-446-69674-9), and has contributed articles to publications including The Village Voice, The Atlantic Monthly, Details, Yoga Journal, and Heeb.

He has written on subjects including the last true waterbed salesman in the San Francisco Bay Area, the lives of R. and Aline Crumb in France, "The Secret", Robot Dogs, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, and the NYU Suicides. Salkin has been a rubber ducky salesman in Las Vegas, a farm laborer in Crete, a casting agent in Hong Kong, a busker in Melbourne, a stand-up comedian in New York, a cafeteria cashier in Squaw Valley, a slacker in San Francisco, and a chocolate chip cookie maker in Waikiki. A fan of the Olympics, he has attended seven.

He appeared on the reality TV Show #1 Single. On episode 2 of this show, he is shown meeting Lisa Loeb on an airplane date, and then having a second date where he takes Lisa to the Donut Plant. The relationship ends after a gossip item about the budding romance appears in a newspaper.

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