Ideas Writer and Editorial Writer

David Scharfenberg

David Scharfenberg is an editorial writer and staff writer for the Globe’s Ideas section. He previously worked as a reporter in the Globe’s State House bureau. A graduate of Brown University, he has written for The New York Times and The Providence Journal and was a radio reporter at WBUR in Boston.

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Innovation of the Week: Skipping ahead to the good parts

By , Globe Staff

Plot. Character development. Who needs it?


Excerpt: The future of medicine

By , Globe Staff

Some predictions from the recently published report.

Ideas | David Scharfenberg

Hand over your weapons

By , Globe Staff

Background checks won’t end the epidemic of mass killings. Maybe gun control advocates should aim higher.


Innovation of the Week: Freelance exorcisms

By David Scharfenberg , Globe Staff

It’s getting harder and harder to find a church-licensed exorcist.