Tuesday, 31 March, 2020

Nathan Vass

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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.
Well, everyone else is talking about it. Here I am trying to be extra diplomatic while still being interesting and truthful. The Slatearticle is derived from an interview that was repurposed into a first-person account; I didn't actually pen those words (as anyone familiar with my writing will...

Back Door Man

Every bus driver has experienced this. There are many reasons people disregard the needs of others. Some are cultural, and some personal, ingrained by role models or lack thereof. Certain folks don't consider others because they are young, and the last part of the...
I like people. I really do. As a child I liked animals, like all children, but when I eventually discovered people I knew I could never go back. The wildly imperfect, endlessly incomprehensible human beast, all of them searching in the dark for their version of love,...
Briefly—I'll be participating in a panel for the famed and lovely organization TransitCenter this Wednesday. If you're in NYC, stop by! I don't often make it out there and would love to say hello. Here's TransitCenter's description of the...
My lectures sound like this.  You may not think you like lectures, or maybe the word gives you college flashbacks too boring to recall, but I promise you that's not what this is going to be. MOHAI's a lovely outfit, and they're letting me...

Nathan on Pie

"Do you like pie?" Here's the thing. I love pie. How could I possibly answer his question? What am I supposed to do? Say I don't like pie? It's hard for me to lie, and especially about pie. Look at that crust. 

Tending to the Living

We were talking about everything and nothing, Tiger and I (click here for our first conversation), when he hit me with the news. I'd been commenting on how cold it gets in Minneapolis, where I'd recently visited. "And they got a homeless situation there just...
I don't know how many operators read The Urbanist, but I know most of us here will at least find this material interesting. And I know I've underestimated the vast cross-section of folks who peruse these words of ours here--I have more than one homeless friend who may...