Disco Tom

I released “Disco Tom” on Bandcamp (link) with b-side “Half Life.” Disco Tom is feckless, motivated only by the promise of easy cash and clubbing. “Half Life” is a rather ham fisted attempt to mix metaphors for radioactive decay,...

Where Words Fail, Music Speaks

After my mom’s passing last year, I didn’t feel the desire to write. After two novels, I just didn’t have the urge to work on another. The joy wasn’t entirely gone (I released a sci-fi noir short story called Insurance last year with all...

Threads of Popular Culture in Design

I’m really intrigued by the way popular culture influences design. We see it every day: film, music, art, literature, and even video games informing our surroundings. It’s not a new phenomenon. Companies used to underwrite radio programs in the 1930s...

The Giving Tree: A Dark Sequel

Shel Silverstein’s “The Giving Tree” is deeply divisive. Some love it. I hate it, especially the “take, take, take” message. Here’s how I’d like to have seen it...

Thoughts on Parking and Mobility

I talk a lot about using data to solve seemingly intractable urban problems and blog about my company’s work using analytics to guide transportation policy. Our cities are a living, breathing organism. Our streets are the arteries, and people, goods, and various...

Lost and Found 2: A Christmas Story

Earlier this month I posted part of a story by an unknown author that my parents found when we moved to a house in the woods. I promised to share the anonymous author’s words from time to time. Today I’m picking a page that really speaks to the true nature...

Approaching David Bowie’s 70th: A Mix

Next month (January 8th) would have marked David Bowie’s 70th birthday. His music touched fans and artists alike. To prematurely celebrate a life well lived and a bright light prematurely snuffed, I created a mix of songs by the Thin White Duke himself, a few of...

Lost and Found

We moved to an older house in a woods when I was a teenager. The prior owners, an elderly couple, left an amazing library of books. Among those books were pieces of several unfinished manuscripts, fragments of stories, some typed and some handwritten, set in Chicago....

Under the Influence of Music

So much of the novel Freaks Anon was inspired by music that I replaced the typical chapter format with “tracks,” essentially creating a mix tape within the novel. Each song speaks to events or the them of a chapter. Track 1. Ripple. The Church. “You’re a human...

Where Horror Meets Design

“Styles come and go. Good design is a language, not style.” So said Massimo Vignelli, the Italian designer famous as much for his modernist furniture as for his posters. Why would I quote someone known for tables and fonts in a blog about horror design?...