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August 19th, 2017 | Comments Off on dälek Logo Design | Category: Marginalia
dälek Logo Design

Sometimes they take a while to come together… Unlike my HKRB logo, which came together overnight, this one’s been brewing for over a year. dälek is one of my all-time favorite groups, and I’ve known them for a minute now. Though unsolicited, it was an honor to finally put something like this together.

As I often do, I started with similarities in the first and last letters. Though the D and the K can be drawn structurally similar, the going was rough at first. I had to let it marinate.

When I came …

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June 02nd, 2016 | Comments Off on Doug Stanhope’s Digging Up Mother on Splitsider | Category: Announcements
Doug Stanhope’s <em>Digging Up Mother</em> on <em>Splitsider</em>

I have a bit about Doug Stanhope‘s new memoir, Digging Up Mother: A Love Story (Da Capo, 2016) over on Splitsider today.
Here’s an excerpt:

The book, as it states right on the cover, is a love story and a memoir. If you want to know what he’s done since his last DVD or since the last time you saw him live, check Youtube. Most of this book happens before that was even possible. Many a buried back-story is unearthed here: Doug’s earliest days as a road comic, when he actually lived …

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April 26th, 2016 | Comments Off on “Swarm Cities” on How We Get to Next | Category: Announcements
“Swarm Cities” on <em>How We Get to Next</em>

Very happy to announce my first piece for Steven Johnson‘s How We Get to Next. Their theme for April is “Metropolis,” so I did a little piece about what I’ve termed “swarm cities.”

Here’s an excerpt:
Our capital-driven, networked societies produce, more than anything else, ephemeral things — that is, things that are built, not to last, but to disappear and be displaced by newer versions of themselves. As David Byrne wrote in his Bicycle Diaries, cities “are physical manifestations of our deepest beliefs and our often unconscious thoughts, not so much as individuals, …

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March 12th, 2016 | Comments Off on HKRB Logo Design | Category: Announcements
HKRB Logo Design

My friend and fellow Zer0 Books author Alfie Bown also runs the Hong Kong Review of Books. In addition to running some of my illustrations, he recently asked me to come up with a new logo for the site. I woke up a few days later with an idea.

Somehow the shapes in the negative space of the letters just fell into place.

The B was the only part I struggled with since it looked more like an 8 in my original sketches. The other letters seemed obvious. I hinted at more …

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February 21st, 2016 | Comments Off on Fallen Footwear Logo | Category: About, Announcements
Fallen Footwear Logo

Since I don’t have enough to do lately, I started working on another unsolicited logo design, this time for my friend Jamie Thomas’s company Fallen Footwear.
It started, as many of these do, with my waking up with part of it in my head. This time it was the middle Ls. As you can see in the rudimentary sketches on the left in the picture below, they form an arrow pointing down. That was to be the guiding visual concept for this design, which evolved over two weeks of intermittent sketches …

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February 21st, 2016 | Comments Off on Illustrations for the Hong Kong Review of Books | Category: About, Announcements
Illustrations for the Hong Kong Review of Books

Thanks to Alfie Bown, I am now doing illustrations, like the one below of Umberto Eco, for the Hong Kong Review of Books.

This sketch was done from his photo on the cover of MIT Press’s reissue of his 1977 book, How to Write a Thesis (MIT Press, 2015). I’ve been experimenting with quick sketches with very little planning, partly to capture that hot space, and partly because I just don’t have time to do the kind of labor-intensive drawing I want to do.
Thanks to Alfie and the HKRB! Umberto Eco, …

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February 04th, 2016 | Comments Off on Follow for Now, Volume Two on Zer0 Books | Category: About, Announcements
<em>Follow for Now, Volume Two</em> on Zer0 Books

I am happy to announce that Zer0 Books is publishing my new collection of interviews, Follow for Now, Volume Two: More Interviews with Friends and Heroes. Of my first collection, Maria Popova of Brain Pickings wrote, “Relentlessly stimulating and insight-packed, Follow for Now is the kind of book I’d like to see published every decade, and devoured every subsequent decade, from now until the end of humanity.” In the spirit of bringing that thought to fruition, I am stoked to have this scheduled for release ten years after the first.

This …

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November 08th, 2015 | No Comment | Category: Marginalia
What Book is This Sentence From?

I usually do a pretty good job of keeping up with sources, but I have the following sentence in my notes:
How easily we forget how bright the moonlight can be when we spend our nights in the wan glow of artificial light (p. 40).

There’s no indication of where I found it other than on page 40 of some book. Anyone have any ideas as to where this is from? Hit me up. I’ve run all kinds of searches to no avail. Any help is mad appreciated.
Thank you.

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April 07th, 2015 | Comments Off on Dead Precedents on Repeater Books | Category: About, Announcements
<em>Dead Precedents</em> on Repeater Books

I am proud to announce that I have signed a contract with Repeater Books for my book about cyberpunk and hip-hop. Titled Dead Precedents: The Hacking and Haunting of Hip-hop, the book uses the means and methods of cyberculture and hauntology to thoughtfully remap hip-hop’s spread from around the way to around the world. Its central argument is that the cultural practices of hip-hop culture are the blueprint to 21st century culture, and that an understanding of the appropriation of language and technology is an understanding of the now.

Repeater was …

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March 20th, 2015 | Comments Off on Bookshelf Beats Interview | Category: About, Announcements
Bookshelf Beats Interview

Bookshelf Beats is an interview site run by Gino Sorcinelli. He interviews different authors and writers about their favorite books. For mine, I chose James Gleick‘s Chaos (Viking, 1987), a book that blew my head wide open during a tumultuous time in my late 20s.

Here are a few excerpts:
My life while reading Chaos went through a total upheaval. The start-up company I was working for was purchased and shut down, I broke up with my girlfriend of six years, and I moved from Seattle to San Francisco to work as …