Thanks for reading! Below you’ll find a selective but fairly representative collection of writing, both books and articles—features, reviews, interviews—from a myriad of publications in which I’ve been lucky to appear. Also: a tiny bit of memoir and a bit of poetry for good measure.
The Interface: A bi-weekly column in The Santa Fe Reporter investigating the intersections between science, technology and culture:
September 13, 2017: “Boom: Santa Fe Opera’s Tech and the West initiative tackles the big bang of contemporary innovation.”
I attended The (R)evolution Of Steve Jobs toward the end of its sold-out run in the Santa Fe Opera’s 2017 season. By late August, the sun was setting before 8 pm and late monsoons threatened in the distance. A vivid tableau presented itself: to the west, the Jemez Mountains darkened while lightning flashes illuminated the sky; center stage, video projections dramatically lit up walls of the ubiquitous iPhone interface. Read more
September 27, 2017: “Shock and Awe: SITE Santa Fe reopens with work that illuminates our changing world. Lynn Hershman Leeson’s work, which is part of SITE’s grand re-opening exhibition “Future Shock” reminds me of Margaret Atwood’s novel Oryx and Crake, and the tension between post-humanism’s potential for addressing our evolving ecology and the damaging repercussions of hubris. Read more
October 11, 2017: “War and Peace: A new biography chronicles a Manhattan Project scientist’s feats and fears.” An interview with author and journalist Jennet Conant about her latest book, which traces the life of a key figure in the Manhattan Project: her grandfather, James B. Conant. Read more.
October 25, 2017: “Darker Ages: Will Science Survive the Post Fact Era?” I speak with acclaimed science writer George Johnson about the current climate toward objective versus subjective reality. Read more.
November 8, 2017: “Spatial Recognition: SFCC’s new installation visualizes the data and stories of the evolving world.” As a child, I assumed when I grew up I would have daily access to a Holodeck so I could visit any place I imagined, a replicator to manifest endless desserts and a friendly android to do my bidding (yes, I watched too much Star Trek). Read more.
Dec. 13, 2017: Buggin’: Eating Insects is an Old Tradition; Will it also be the Future of Food?” In which this longtime vegetarian takes the plunge and samples a baby grasshopper taquito at SITE Santa Fe’s Digest This series. Read more:
Dec. 20, 2017: “Hands On: Make Santa Fe Offers Multiple Opportunities to Learn the Tools of the Future.” Make Santa Fe is helping train youth in the machinist jobs of the future, and providing a Makers Space for lots of hands-on digitized work. I spent some time at the Maker Space, and even tried to make something myself. Read more.
Jan. 9, 2018, “Top to Bottom.” On March 6, 2018, the City of Santa Fe will hold its first municipal election using Ranked Choice Voting. With five candidate running for mayor, I’m pretty interested to see how it’s going to turn out. I called a former city councilor who happens to be a computer scientist to hear what he had to say.
Forthcoming: Epistolary: Writers Write to Writers, Living and Dead (Stalking Horse Press). Submissions are still open for this anthology that I’ll be editing that explores the power of the epistolary writing. The history of the novel is inextricably linked with the act of letter writing; it was, after all, a project composing letters to be used by less accomplished writers (Familiar Letters on Important Occasions) that launched Samuel Richardson’s literary career and, some critics argue, the novel—more specifically, the psychological novel—itself. Letter-writing provides an intimacy and insight into the mind of the writer, making it an enduring element in fiction and a key facet in literary biography (how much better do we understand John Steinbeck, not to mention the nature of love, for having access to his 1958 letter to his son on the subject?). In this anthology from Stalking Horse Press (profiled by Pasatiempo on May 19, 2017), writers from diverse backgrounds and genres will write to the writers—living or dead—who influenced them, be it artistically, politically or otherwise. All letters must be longer than 140 characters. All approaches—lyric, academic, polemical—welcome.
“The Cult of Carr,” a tribute to New York Times media critic David Carr (Santa Fe Reporter)
Wrinkes and Time (an essay about reading dystopian literature as a teenager and then as an adult. For the Rumpus)
Death on Facebook, a miscellaneous satirical sort of something (Higgs Weldon)
Marin Sardy: The TNB Interview: I interviewed writer Marin Sardy for The Nervous Breakdown (where I serve as nonfiction editor) about her work in writing on issues of mental illness and its impact on families and individuals.
Back to the Future, a retrospective about editing The Santa Fe Reporter during its transition to an online magazine, for SFR’s 40th anniversary issue (Santa Fe Reporter).
Life on Mars, a little fan-girl review of the Veronica Mars movie (Santa Fe Reporter)
Tales from the Desert (SantaFe.com)
Quitting My Job/Changing My Life (Huffington Post/ Role Reboot)
The Virtual Dinner Project (Adobe Airstream)
Seeing is Believing: Images for Change (Adobe Airstream)
Hold On, review of the film, That Evening Sun (Santa Fe Reporter)