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Let’s Roast Logo and New Products

Let’s Roast Cycles is the best rider-run bike shop in Chicago. My dudes Logan, Ian, and Dave have helped me build, kit out, and fix many different bike set-ups. A few years ago, I did an unsolicited logo design for them based on the logo of the OG Norwegian Black Metal band Darkthrone. This year, […]

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Five Favorite Logo Designs

Though graphic design was my full-time job for several years, I am not formally trained in the graphic arts. Laying out words and images and trying to make pages look pretty have been necessary tasks for various projects since my teenage zine-making days, and logo design was always a part of it. From the classic […]

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“Not a Day Goes By” Virtual Reading

I did this bit for The Sager Group‘s Virtual Readings series, where published authors record short videos of readings. I read a short story called “Not a Day Goes By” about a guy stuck in a Groundhog Day-type time loop. I don’t know which is weirder, my reading to my empty house or my quarantine […]

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Top Five Tenacious Concepts

I was digging through an old notebook today, looking for some notes on my book-in-progress, The Medium Picture. Instead I found a list. I found this Year-End Top-Ten List of ideas from 2003. I’d been thinking about a few core concepts that I always seem to return to, and I thought more of them were […]

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Crash Worship: Examining the Wreckage

An edited excerpt from my book-in-progress, Escape Philosophy. This bit is from chapter 2, “The Machine.” I ordered the seven-inch of Jawbox’s 1993 single, “Motorist,” as soon as I knew it was available. The lyrics, even for a Jawbox song, were striking. “Accidental, maybe,” ponders J. Robbins, “restraints too frayed to withhold me.”[i] Paul Virilio once wrote […]

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Follow for Now, Volume 2

More Interviews with Friends and Heroes The follow-up to my 2007 interview anthology Follow for Now is coming out soon! Follow for Now, Vol. 2 picks up and pushes beyond the first volume with a more diverse set of interviewees and interviews. The intent of the first collection was to bring together voices from across disciplines, […]

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Nomads and Monads

An edited excerpt from my book-in-progress The Medium Picture, this is from chapter 3, “The Surface Industry.” We’re home for the holidays. All of us. Looking around the living room at my parents and siblings, I notice that most of them are clicking on their laptops, two are also wearing headphones, one is pecking away […]

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Headtube Zine (2001/2002)

In the early 00s, I was trying to pull together a lot of influences. Headtube was my attempt to return to BMX zine-making while maintaining my other, newfound interests. The original idea driving HEADTUBE was to unify the bicycle-riding attitude across styles. Cyclists, mountain bikers, fixed-gear heads, and BMX all have different styles and terrains, […]

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wow&flutter Zine (1997)

I found, scanned, and uploaded a copy of my zine wow&flutter from 1997. It was an attempt to showcase the similarities between noise and hip-hop. Inside you’ll find interviews with noise artists John Duncan and Daniel Menche, an article about turntablism, which includes some early seeds to my recent book, Dead Precedents, and various record […]

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