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Detroit Story

Everyone has a story. Lives are understood through the narratives built by the facts of existence. My life is my story, built of childhood and bad dreams and loved ones and inspiration. But lives are not lived by the living alone. There are lives in the events that unfold over time, lives in the objects we surround ourselves with and […]

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Texas

Two weeks ago I drove from Austin to Santa Fe, dipping south on highway 90 through all that the Texas wilderness is – seemingly a vast expanse of the nothingness that is desert, an arid sea of earth and rock compressed by big sky. Like most deserts, Texas is a paradoxical landscape: full of nothing, whimsical […]

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Bolinas

Today, like most days, the world is in some kind of turmoil: bombs in Thailand, toxic rivers in North Carolina, toxic rivers in Colorado, explosions in China, thirsty sinking land in a burning California, interracial unrest, stock market slumps. To escape the bombardment of bad news is a feat reserved for the weary and the restless, those […]

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Sayulita & Collective Chaos

For years I have written on graph paper exclusively, pages and pages of notes scrawled across the perfectly perpendicular lines that meet the horizons of the page at points fit for the roots of ideas. It is orderly, predictable, right for the tidy subclauses and side notes that sprinkle a writer’s process. The grid is […]

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Hicksville & the Hidden

The ways of wandering are often guided by the need to stray from the weathered path. We want to unearth the new, to carve out a nook and call it our own. We revel in the discovery of a secret hideaway, back alley gem, concealed cove, untouched destination. To be privy to the obscure is to know the […]

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Integratron & Alien Vibes

In the middle of the nowhere known as Landers, California, sits a stark white dome with the power to heal. Or communicate with aliens. Or time travel. Or just echo sound so richly your bones shiver, forehead tingling, stomach churning, the vibrations resounding off the rounded, glossy wood ceiling and straight to your core. The desert […]

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Joshua Tree

A certain kind of magic hovers over the desert, a place where nothing is shrouded but all remains slightly obscured and wholly mysterious. Stark white, deep blue, glaring light — everything is illuminated as if set down in a shallow stadium for an audience of mountains and stars, yet nothing becomes clear. Sleight of hand and trick mirrors usher […]

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