How we know each other

06. January 2014 here now 7
At the end of 2013, I sat with S. while she smoked a cigarette out on the patio at a bar that we like. Two guys came over and bummed a smoke. They asked us how we knew each other. S. said, “Drinking and writing. ” This strikes me as the best possible way to ...

Re-entry

27. November 2013 here now 0
I was only gone for three days, but coming back into Los Angeles is sometimes hard. On my commute, a piece of cardboard flips up off the road. It hits my windshield and flies towards the shoulder. I fight the reflex to veer. Something else makes the noise of a heartbeat as I drive over ...

From fieldwork: Observations on Occupy Wall Street

07. November 2011 here now 2
An excerpt from the best writing I’ve seen on the OWS movement so far, by Jedediah Purdy: Do it yourself – DIY – is an aesthetic and also an ethic, which the Occupiers are trying to take from the personal to the social scale. Our world is rich, convenient, and often efficient because we parcel ...

Occupy

07. November 2011 here now 4
H. played with the stacks of flyers printed up with “What to do if you’re arrested!”  and “Know your rights.” P. stood in front of a small crowd that grew as he spoke. He told them about how it’s illegal to carry a stick at a protest. Who you call to monitor protests, what to ...

Listen to me

07. October 2011 here now 0
No one listens. This is not just a problem plaguing talking heads and politicians. We filter so furiously, we interrupt, we get caught up in our own agendas. We look at our phones. We need a snack. Other people speak, and we hear only what gets through the internal static. I criticize myself equally in this. It ...

This is what I’m reading right now.

28. April 2010 here now 0
Home-ownership and Ontological Security Saunders used survey evidence to argue that home-ownership is more strongly associated with pride, warmth, autonomy, relaxation and identity than renting, (Saunders, 1990, pp. 270-274).    However,  his  methodology has been criticised by a number of commentators (Darke, 1994; Doyle, 1996; Gurney, 1997) who argue that subtle differences between attitudes and meanings ...