I am a nonfiction writer; my writing has been published in The New York Times Modern Love, The Brooklyn Rail, The Millions, Cultural Weekly, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, The Believer logger, Thought Catalog, and others.
Recently, I wrote about the Stay in New York: Affordable Workspace Conference for Hyperallergic. I have also written an essay for Hyperallergic contrasting how street art projects function in Bushwick, Brooklyn, and in Welling Court, Queens. I have spent a lot of time recently looking at the financial mess that (former E. Williamsburg education space) 3rd Ward made for its students & teachers. To me, these are all threads of a single conversation.
What interests me most about Bushwick is that the community itself is becoming a branded myth. This mythmaking through art, social media and pop culture is facilitating a shift that leads inexorably to large-scale displacement. Cultural Weekly has published several of the essays I have written about the ways this community is coping with change.
I was an editorial freelancer in Los Angeles for about a decade but switched careers around 2004. Six years later I moved to Brooklyn and started writing again. Writing and publishing have changed drastically in 20 years; having pre-Internet hindsight as a reference has helped me think critically about the economics of culture and of creative professions.
I occasionally teach and consult privately, specifically on forms of personal-persuasive writing like artist statements, letter-proposals or application essays. I also love letter-writing and will start publishing a tinyletter soon. (Contact me if you want to subscribe).
The picture in the cafe appears with permission from photographer-gallerist Rafael Fuchs. He was trying to get a shot of his installed artwork (the photographs in the photograph are also his), but I wasn’t paying attention.