Read “Architectural designer Angeline C. Jacques on designing for animals & climate change” in The Usonian

In this week’s Usonian newsletter, I’m proud to present an interview of Angeline C. Jacques, an architectural designer who recently won a design competition to generate a concept for the new facility for the International Owl Center in Houston, Minnesota.

Read the article to to learn more about how Angeline designs for animals and climate change!

(Image courtesy Angeline C. Jacques).

Read “The Black Rock Desert, Empire, NV, and the origins of ‘Nomadland'” in The Usonian

This week in my newsletter, The Usonian, I spotlight Black Rock Desert (home of Burning Man) and Empire, Nevada, inspiration for the Oscar-winning film “Nomadland.”

Both areas exist in the shadow of one of the most impressive bodies of water in North American geologic history—Lake Lahontan, which once spanned 8,500 square miles of modern-day Nevada.

Read the piece here. Thanks for reading!

Read “A Conversation with Poet Robin Rosen Chang” in The Usonian

Check out my second interview in The Usonian, with poet Robin Rosen Chang about her debut poetry collection The Curator’s Notes, recently released by Terrapin Books. Read the article here.

I’ll also be giving away one copy of the book in the first-ever “Usonian Raffle”—click on the form within the article to enter to win by Wednesday, April 21, 11:59 PM PT!

Thanks for reading!

Read “The Snyder Cut’s homage to Jack Kirby’s ‘Fourth World’ mythos” on Medium

After a long hiatus, I’m bringing back my Medium movie blog. Join me each week as I try to keep up with HBO Max / Warner Bros. releases!

This week I spoke with literary scholar David Ting about the inspiration for “Zack Snyder’s Justice League,” which draws heavily from Jack Kirby’s “Fourth World” stories. You can find the article here.

Thanks for reading!

Read “An Icky Situation” in The Usonian

Check out the latest issue of my newsletter, in which I spotlight Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park in Central Nevada—and the prehistoric marine reptiles which once lived there.

Make sure to subscribe to keep up to date with all The Usonian has to offer—tune in a couple weeks to read an interview with an amazing poet who has a new book out, as well as more dispatches from the high desert.

Till then.

New podcast: “Get Carter and the Career of Michael Caine”

This week I joined “Film at Fifty” podcast host Brian Rowe for an episode about Get Carter, an influential British crime movie from 1971 starring Sir Michael Caine.

“Film at Fifty” is a podcast looking back at movies from fifty years ago.

In this episode, we talk about Caine’s enduring career through the vein of this groundbreaking and labyrinthine film.

Check it out on Spotify or Apple Podcasts. Thanks for listening!

Read “A Conversation with Literary Translator Jennifer Shyue” in The Usonian

I’m pleased to unveil the first entry in my monthly interview series in The Usonian, my new newsletter about storytelling and design. This week I spotlight the literary translation work of Jennifer Shyue, who travels across literary borders in Cuba and Peru.

Subscribe today and keep on the lookout for my next issue, coming March 30, about the strange case of aquatic dinosaurs in Nevada!

Listen to “THX 1138 and the Career of George Lucas” episode on the Film at Fifty podcast

50 years ago this week, the film career of George Lucas began with the visually dazzling sci-fi film THX-1138. Brian Rowe was generous enough to invite me back on his podcast to discuss THX-1138 and the influential career of George Lucas. I do also go out on a limb and suggest that The Phantom Menace is better than its reputation suggests? Maybe??

The podcast is available on the Film at Fifty podcast channel on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and wherever you get your podcasts. Thanks for listening!