My own fanboy tale

Back in the day, I had a soft spot for moody boys with spiky hair, and for Echo & the Bunnymen’s lead singer, Ian McCulloch, in particular (third from the left, of course). In this essay at Harper’s, I recount seeing them twice: once when I was 15, and 31 years later. Fandom’s a lot different… Read More

On Foot with the Tours of Cleveland

1972 was a good year for dynamite and the wrecking ball. In St. Louis, the razing of Pruitt-Igoe, a low-income housing complex built in 1956, led Charles Jencks to conclude that “modern architecture died in St Louis, Missouri on July 15, 1972.” Postmodern architecture embraced a less functional, more playful spirit, which culminates in Cleveland… Read More

Sharing my work, v. 6–Reebok

Happy Friday, folks! This morning I attended an impressive talk by Dorie Clark, author of the 2017 Entrepreneurial You: wow, what a smartypants and so winning, too. A big thanks to J2H Consulting and all the members of NAWBO Cleveland for hosting such a great event. I’m continuing my hot takes on mission statements and taglines… Read More

Snapshot: a few words on Clare Denis

I’m working on a handful of projects this week, but what caught my eye, prose-wise, is Alice Gregory’s description of the appearance of filmmaker Claire Denis, in her denim jacket and jeans, as “a tiny Edwardian greaser.” The phrasing’s solid, and the contrast of images–English history from above and American history from below, and 40… Read More