The Lines That Make Us will be The Urbanist's book club selection for April. (Nathan Vass)

The Urbanist Book Club is pleased to welcome Nathan Vass to our April 4th Book Club Meeting, which will start at 6pm via Zoom. He is the author of The Lines that Make Us, a series of essays and observations about experiences driving a King County bus through some of Seattle’s most diverse neighborhoods. Nathan is well known to readers of The Urbanist as a long time contributor of his work The View From Nathan’s Bus.

In addition to writing, Nathan is a photographer, filmmaker, and artist. His photography has been featured in festivals and galleries in the Seattle area and accompany many of his essays. It’s this artistic eye which turns his vignettes of Seattle from essays into an affectionate and truthful portrait of the city. His work on actual film informs his perspective and requires a level of thoughtfulness that doesn’t often show up in digital mediums. It strongly parallels the deliberation and thoughtfulness that it takes to connect with people in the “mobile living room” he steers around town.

You can listen to Ray’s conversation with Nathan on The Urbanist Podcast, available here or through your favorite podcast streaming service. And pick up the book from Elliott Bay Book Company, available here.

Register for a Zoom link and suggest a question via this Google Form. We look forward to seeing you on April 4 at 6pm.

Article Author

Ray Dubicki is a stay-at-home dad and parent-on-call for taking care of general school and neighborhood tasks around Ballard. This lets him see how urbanism works (or doesn’t) during the hours most people are locked in their office. He is an attorney and urbanist by training, with soup-to-nuts planning experience from code enforcement to university development to writing zoning ordinances. He enjoys using PowerPoint, but only because it’s no longer a weekly obligation.