In late 2017, I moved to Oliva, Spain, a small city on the Mediterranean coast, 70km south of Valencia. I spent 87 days taking photos in the streets and alleys, laneways and boardwalks. Nights, I wrote poems and worked on my first novel, often dining at one of the local bars or restaurants. Here are some of my favorite poems, pictures, and snippets from the trip. (Best viewed NOT on a phone.)
Procedural brutalism vs. lesbian plant magic. Search for your lover in an infinite building, climbing further and further downward into its depths. Uncover surreal revelations, grow plants to aid your descent, and forge a relationship with your surroundings that goes much deeper than expected... [more inside]
A Tumblr with one list a day, almost completely unburdened by truth or common sense. Some examples: nine notable letters and marks; seven guests not to invite to your party; seven lesser-known pirate hoards; three light meals; the seven great societies of time travellers; Instructions for Those Who Wish To Take the Path Through the City and Emerge Unscathed on the Other Side; four lesser-known English Explorers of the Early Victorian Period; six proposals for a transient architecture.
Each year since 2012, we've compiled a survey of the past year's historic preservation gains, losses and the bittersweet things that teeter in between. Today we released 22 for 2015, where you'll find all our favorite funiculars, cafeterias, neon signs, giant hot dogs, celebrity pet hospitals, tiki bar fish friends and so much more. If you dig old L.A., stop by and see if your favorite place made the list.
This set of scripts allows a Minecraft user on a server running Scriptcraft to easily create a variety of Ancient Greek-style buildings. Sample video.
As seen on the MeFi Mall, St. Louis Skies, Volume 1 presents the first half of my collected photographs of dramatic sunsets, sunrises, and strange clouds against the backdrop of St. Louis' unique plant life and architecture (with a few ringers from my travels to other cities). [more inside]
Esotouric turns the notion of guided bus tours on its ear with excursions like Charles Bukowski's Los Angeles and Pasadena Confidential. Now you don't have to get on the bus to get the skinny. Each week on the You Can't Eat The Sunshine podcast, join Kim Cooper and Richard Schave on their Southern California adventures, as they visit with fascinating characters for wide-ranging interviews that reveal the myths, contradictions, inspirations and passions of the place. There’s never been a city quite like Los Angeles. Tune in if you’d like to find out why. [more inside]
From Esotouric, the offbeat Los Angeles tour company, here's a very opinionated list of the past year's most notable historic preservation gains, losses... and those bittersweet moments that hover somewhere in the middle and keep us up nights.
I was part of a crew that built a large shade structure to serve as a communal space at Burning Flipside, central Texas' regional burn. [more inside]
Built Dublin is a love letter to architecture and public space in Dublin, Ireland. It's a blog highlighting beautiful, interesting, important and strange things in Dublin's built environment, from big buildings to small details. [more inside]
The 1947project time travel blog is thrilled to announce the launch of a very special new series, The Union Rescue Mission at In SRO Land. Past 1947project blogs have always been based in historic newspaper research. That changes today, with the debut of the first 1947project blog series based entirely on original research in an historic, significant--and previously unknown--Downtown L.A. archive, that of the Union Rescue Mission. [more inside]
A Tumbleblog in which I scour the web for what seem to me to be transmissions from our very near future.
Welcome to 7 Days in L.A., home to the city's most interesting guided tours. We're not a tour operator, but a consortium of the region's best independent tour operators. Whether you're interested in architecture or true crime, film locations or graveyards, gay history or iconic L.A. literature, you'll find the perfect excursion on our community calendar, and all the information you need to book a tour. Why 7 Days in L.A? Because this city is too big and too complicated to understand without a native guide, and because you're smart enough to know that a one-size-fits-all experience is the wrong size for you. Consult our calendar, sign up for the newsletter, and let our passionate local historians show you the city that they love. Give us few hours, or your whole week, and we'll change the way you think about Los Angeles forever. [more inside]
An online exhibition showing how quickly and dramatically the cityscapes and landscapes of the world are changing. Features 'now and then' photographs of San Francisco, New York, Shanghai, Dubai, Newcastle... and Upsala glacier.
I have a love for photography, history, architecture and design. There is so much wonderful public domain work available, I choose to curate a bit. [more inside]
Retired vaudeville novelty dancer George Mann took up 3-D photography later in life, and shot incredible color images of the soon-to-be-demolished Bunker Hill neighborhood in downtown L.A. They were displayed in 3-D viewers of his own design, then boxed away. Fifty years later, his family unpacked George's archives and decided to share these unseen images with the community of obsessives who cluster around my time travel blog OnBunkerHill. Today, we're thrilled to announce the launch of an online shop making these beautiful vintage photographs available as archival prints, the first in a series of George Mann's mid-century California photographic portfolios. Learn more about George's unusual life here.
Dingbats are modern shoebox-on-stilts apartment houses ubiquitous to the Sun Belt and west coast. No doubt you've seen a few. Built mostly during the 1950s-1970s, these stucco boxes often feature shmaltzy wrought iron lamps and names like 'Camelot' or 'Roman Gardens;' some are just downright depressing. The Dingbat project is a (perhaps humorous, sometimes educational) catalog of the Dingbats, architectural mishaps, and other urban detritus I encounter in Los Angeles County and the San Francisco Bay Area.
Spillway, my blog, is now one year old. It's a portal to my writing and journalism. May contain traces of serial killers' back gardens, George Orwell, short stories, gangland civic pride, security infrastructure and zones, love for an underpass, London retro-futurism, Swiss minaret alternatives, how childhood movies shape the world of tomorrow, Koolhaas and Tatlin, Poundbury and insane asylums. (Why Spillway? Why "card-carrying neophilia"?)