You are what you buy, whether you know it or not

kickin it like an old skool iPod, originally uploaded by kandyjaxx. I’m reading Buying In: The Secret Dialogue Between What We Buy and Who We Are, by Rob Walker (about whom I’ve written in the past). As a result, I no longer trust myself — or at least, I no longer believe I understand my […]

“At the intersection of absurd and punk, Ethan is perched atop his unicycle, calmly taking notes.”

This looks interesting: Leaning with Intent to Fall by Ethan Clark.  Ethan recounts a life on the fringes, filled with all the great punk pastimes: dodging cops, shoplifting, trespassing, drinking too much, and working crappy jobs that barely pay the rent on dilapidated houses filled with down-and-out roommates. But rather than succumbing to the jaded […]

If you’re going to SXSW, you should be Buying In

Reading Railroad, originally uploaded by Kyle Tombstone. I won’t be attending SXSW this year, but if I were there’s one particular talk I would be sure to attend. It’s a book preview by Rob Walker, a columnist for the New York Times Magazine and blogger at He’s a terrific writer and a smart person. […]