Chief music critic of the Los Angeles Times since 1996, Mark Swed began his career writing for the underdog Los Angeles Herald Examiner . He has since written about music and the arts for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Economist and a great many other publications. He was once an editor for The Musical Quarterly and is finishing a book, "Not Entirely by Chance," on the American composer John Cage for the Cage centenary in 2012. Swed has received awards in criticism from the Los Angeles Music Center, ASCAP, the American Music Center and the Los Angeles Press Club. He was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in criticism in 2007.