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The Short Life—and Awesome Resurgence—of the Aluminum Christmas Tree

Originally published on Mental_Floss, Dec. 24, 2014. For a short window in the 1960s, aluminum Christmas trees gleamed in living rooms nationwide—but this glorious, glittering reign would be all too brief. Within the decade, they were relegated to the curb as aesthetic [...]

January 4, 2015 Arts & Culture
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Washed Away

Beneath the water lie memories of vibrant villages. | Originally published in The Magazine, September 11, 2014. [...]

December 3, 2014 Portfolio, Science & Environment, Uncategorized
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In Detroit, a Groundbreaking School Comes Back as Condos

Originally published at Curbed on June 18, 2014.  Due to plummeting enrollment and a troubled district, vacant school buildings—heck, just vacant buildings—are none too rare in Detroit. After 19 years of abandonment, the Nellie Leland School, however, is no longer vacant—it, as abandoned [...]

July 14, 2014 Arts & Culture
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In the Garden Cemetery: The Revival of America’s First Urban Parks

First published in American Forests magazine spring/summer 2014. |  In the 1820s, America’s cities had a problem: People kept dying, and church burial grounds were filling up. [...]

June 16, 2014 Arts & Culture, Portfolio
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Blue Ant > Origins of the Gabble Ratchets

Originally on Blue Ant blog. Gabriel Hounds is a brand of jeans in the same sense that Zero History is a book about fashion. Both statements are technically accurate, but only as a gateway to something…slippery. In Gibson’s 2010 novel, the Gabriel [...]

June 9, 2014 Arts & Culture, Geek
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From the Industrial Revolution to Modern Housing: Adaptive Reuse of Factories in Lowell, MA

Originally published on Curbed National, April 18, 2014. |  The Boott Mills complex stretches along the Merrimack River like a fortress, a 179-year-old set of connected brick buildings that once housed roaring hydroelectric textile factories in the heart of Lowell, Mass. [...]

May 4, 2014 Arts & Culture, Portfolio
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Brick on a String: review of The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes

Originally published in Souciant on August 15, 2013. | Lauren Beukes transcends genre mashup with a gut punch portrayal of violence against women. [...]

August 23, 2013 Arts & Culture, Geek, Portfolio, Writing
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Death in Manhattan: review of Gun Machine by Warren Ellis

Originally published in Souciant Magazine on February 4, 2013. Warren Ellis’s latest novel Gun Machine is like a cop thriller set in a fever dream, twisted genre fiction that employs the conventions of a primetime police drama to investigate a series of [...]

February 9, 2013 Arts & Culture, Geek, Portfolio, Writing
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Is There a Punk Aesthetic?

Originally published in Souciant Magazine on December 12, 2012. The back cover and spine of Punk: An Aesthetic are almost entirely white, with a clean, black typeface. Seen from a distance on a bookshelf, it could be any modern art book. But the [...]

December 14, 2012 Arts & Culture, Geek, Portfolio, Writing
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99% Invisible episode on Dazzle camouflage

The great podcast and radio show “99% Invisible”  featured the Picasso-zebra camouflage of World War I ships called “Dazzle” or “Razzle Dazzle” in its most recent episode. The story of Dazzle is really cool, and I did a post about [...]

November 17, 2012 Geek, Science & Environment, Writing