Staff Biography

Nathan Vass

Syndicated Columnist

Nathan Vass is an artist, filmmaker, photographer, and author by day, and a Metro bus driver by night, where his community-building work has been showcased on TED, NPR, The Seattle Times, KING 5 and landed him a spot on Seattle Magazine’s 2018 list of the 35 Most Influential People in Seattle. He has shown in over forty photography shows is also the director of nine films, six of which have shown at festivals, and one of which premiered at Henry Art Gallery. His book, The Lines That Make Us, is a Seattle bestseller and 2019 WA State Book Awards finalist.

Recent Articles

The View From Nathan’s Bus: Do Not Hide From This Awful Sensation

I should’ve pulled in closer, I reflected from my E Line driver's seat, as I surveyed the distance between the open front doors and the curb at 130th. An elderly woman was trying to...

The View From Nathan’s Bus: Not Because It Is Easy

I like the ten P.M. crowd. If you drive buses through downtown at the top of this hour, you'll notice it contains what I call a "rush hour echo” -- a spike in activity entirely...

The View from Nathan’s Bus: The Antidote

1. The Scene I’ve just taken over my E Line in Pioneer Square from the previous operator and am preparing it to my liking. Setting the mirrors, taping up my bright green smiley face to...

The View From Nathan’s Bus: “Better to Suffer Injustice Than to Do It”

It's near midnight as I drive my 75. Isn't always near midnight when stories happen? A figure is running over. I'm early, sitting here at Campus Parkway for an extra light cycle. No need...

The View From Nathan’s Bus: Something Early

No child is born taciturn. What makes some men so? What wrongs have they suffered, what kindness of theirs thwarted, scorned, ridiculed? Fragility is what drives the urge to present a deadened exterior, and...