“The Rot At The Root” for We Are The Mutants

This is another piece I’m very proud of. I am a massive fan of “We Are The Mutants,” and am very glad to have been featured on their website. It’s an essay I’ve thought about for a very long time, one that looks at the vast gulf between the ideals espoused in the environmental mediaContinue reading ““The Rot At The Root” for We Are The Mutants”

Seid Back for Oregon Encyclopedia

I have been intrigued by the life of pioneering Chinese-American immigrant Seid Back ever since I first was “introduced” to him in The Oregonian archives. Here was a fascinating man who straddled multiple realms of identity in Oregon’s early history, who protected his community in the face of virulent persecution, who made a fortune inContinue reading “Seid Back for Oregon Encyclopedia”

On preserving Gilberto Guzman’s “Multi-Cultural” mural in Santa Fe, New Mexico

I’ve got an op-ed (written with my father) out in my hometown newspaper The Santa Fe New Mexican today on the necessity of preserving a mural that has a deeply primal hold on my subconscious. Something about it has always felt Jungian, the figures and forms looming large over flashes of my sun-baked southwestern childhood.Continue reading “On preserving Gilberto Guzman’s “Multi-Cultural” mural in Santa Fe, New Mexico”

The Circle Come Round At Last

“Mankind is not a circle with a single center but an ellipse with two focal points of which facts are one and ideas the other.”—Victor Hugo Last week I climbed higher than the Sears Tower in a near-fugue state, brought on by a Netflix series. “The Circle” is a surreal distillation of our zeitgeist, oneContinue reading “The Circle Come Round At Last”