Review: IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO HELP JUST SAY SO

Adult Punk is one of my favorite Indie/Zine publishers in Denver. Often confusing the line between “zine” and art object, their work is a celebration of paper textures, binding techniques, typefaces, and ink. Content may occasionally seem to take a back seat to the sheer pleasure of holding a perfectly bound object in one’s hands….

Conjuring Ghosts

Electronic media has changed nearly every aspect of our lives, however we’re more caught up as a society in some areas than others. Death customs, for example, have changed little despite the fact that our friends and family are now occasionally still present beyond death—the Instagram account still accepting followers, the Facebook profile that appears…

Review: Night Wraps the Sky

This is a brilliant exercise in documentation and now the preferred method by which I would like to discover any new poet or artist or creative figure. Mayakovsky’s creative output is chronologically arranged and interspersed with selections of writing by his contemporaries which give light and life to the context of the man whose images…

Speaking Berlinish

(Due to some confusion which is entirely the result of my imprecise writing, I’d like to add the disclaimer here that this post is not about the dialect of German spoken in Berlin, or even about German language at all.) There is something disconcerting about being born into a lingua franca, traveling abroad and hearing…

ALTA40: A Brief Report

(This is long overdue.) In July I was notified that my submission to the ALTA Travel Fellowship, an opportunity by that point that I had nearly forgotten about and long-since given up on seeing any results from, had been selected as a finalist. It was a wonderful surprise, though soon driven to disappointment when just…

By All Means, Tear Them Down

A statue or monument can be defined as a type of societal memory. It is the carefully engineered product of an intent, a form with which we are meant to mold our memories of the past. A permanent statue or memorial does not just appear overnight. First, someone must decide a statue is warranted, they…

Charles D’Ambrosio and Permission to be Unsure

In the face of “fake news,” it feels inappropriate to gracefully accept ignorance and incomplete knowledge, as I feel I must do every time I sit down to write. In the week before Trump’s inauguration, journalist and activist Masha Gessen, as the first controversies and confusions began to simmer, tweeted “We are now fully immersed…

Thoughts on NYC

The energy of New York swells and dips like the waves that surround it, and I am tossed, similarly, about the streets, caught in the tide of bodies. The sounds coalesce into the same white noise comfort too as the ocean. It’s easy to feel as if I’m standing on a Moloch, a monstrous machine…