He received his Bachelor from Hampshire College in 1988, and his Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College in 2009.
In the 1990s, Specktor worked in film development, including jobs at TriBeCa Productions, Jersey Films, and Fox 2000 Pictures. Specktor’s first novel, “That Summertime Sound,” was published in 2009. A nonfiction book of film criticism, about the motion picture “The Sting,” was published in 2011.
Specktor’s second novel, “American Dream Machine,” was published in 2013.
The book was a New York Times Editor’s Choice, and was optioned by Showtime Networks. Specktor’s short fiction, essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, Gentlemen’s Quarterly United Kingdom, The Paris Review, among other publications.
He is a former senior fiction editor at the Los Angeles Review of Books.