Tate Williams

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Junot Díaz talks sci-fi, Hollywood and oppression of, and within, the geek community

In a recent interview on the terrific Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast, Junot Díaz takes a remarkably clear-eyed look at the state of the geek community and its relation to mainstream entertainment. The Dominican-American author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao goes after [...]

December 9, 2012 Arts & Culture, Blog, Geek, Writing
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LCD Soundsystem makes fans dance and cry one last time

Kerouac was cool because had no idea he was, Dennis Miller once said. That may be true, but James Murphy is painfully aware of how cool he is, and often isn’t, and that somehow makes him about as cool as [...]

November 20, 2012 Arts & Culture, Blog, Writing
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Adrian Tomine brings alt-comics sensibility to highbrow illustration in ‘New York Drawings’

An underground comic book artist at heart, it’s clear that Adrian Tomine isn’t quite comfortable in the role of highbrow magazine illustrator. And a Sacramento-born Californian at heart, he isn’t entirely comfortable identifying as a New Yorker either. And yet, [...]

November 15, 2012 Arts & Culture, Blog, Geek, Portfolio, Writing
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Can playlists ever replace mixtapes?

From 2001 to 2004, I created one mixtape every two months, compiling the best of the music I had been listening to at the time. The idea, inspired by a Cameron Crowe interview, was to make a diary in music [...]

October 7, 2012 Arts & Culture, Blog, Science & Environment, Writing
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Blue Ant > Brabus Maybach

“Most people don’t self-drive these,” Bigend said, pulling out onto Sunset, headed east. “Most people don’t drive them at all,” Hollis corrected, from the passenger seat beside him. She craned her neck for a glimpse back into what she supposed [...]

September 23, 2012 Arts & Culture, Geek, Science & Environment, Writing
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Blue Ant > Bibendum

Cayce Pollard in Pattern Recognition has a unique ability to judge how the market will respond to logos and brands. At the root of this rare talent, for which Bigend employs her, is a “phobic reaction” to trademarks she’s had [...]

September 5, 2012 Arts & Culture, Geek, Writing
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‘99% Invisible’ Uncovers the Hidden World of Design

Originally published in the East Bay Express, 2012 Roman Mars’ radio show and podcast is changing the way we look at design — and maybe the nature of public radio. By Tate Williams When people think of design, they usually conjure [...]

August 30, 2012 Arts & Culture, Portfolio, Writing
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Blue Ant > The Rickson’s

Buzz Rickson’s Black MA-1 Bomber Jacket Cayce Pollard, brand-phobic coolhunter at the center of Pattern Recognition, adores her Japanese-made replica of a standard issue U.S. Air Force flying jacket. The Rickson’s is a fanatical museum-grade replica of a U.S. MA-1 [...]

August 25, 2012 Arts & Culture, Blog, Geek, Writing
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Blue Ant > I started a Tumblr

I’ve been wanting to start a Tumblr about a particular topic as a hobby because I have such an overabundance of free time. Nothing was really striking me, but I’ve been reading “Zero History” by William Gibson, and I remembered, [...]

August 23, 2012 Arts & Culture, Blog, Geek, Science & Environment, Writing
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Scott, Amundsen and the persistent thrill of the “Race to the End”

The story of Scott and Amundsen racing to the South Pole at the dawn of the 20th century only gains dimension as time passes. The mythical (you could say tabloid) aspects are as captivating as ever, but it’s the humanity [...]

May 17, 2012 Arts & Culture, Science & Environment, Writing