Thursday, 2 July, 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.
“Hey, it’s my guy!” I called out, with pleasant surprise. I only ever see him on the 7, on his way to the 107. What was he doing up here in the U District? He explained about a new job, a different restaurant; Ivar’s, if I...
You remember John, of John and Valerie fame, from my book—the chapter called "Fighters and lovers, In and Out of Time." You can also catch us gabbing the afternoon away here. I usually see him as part of a group—a gaggle of friends, or with...
Just a quick video for today, this time my reflections on why my book, The Lines that Make Us, is what it is, what its intentions are, and why I wrote it--in part to put a human face on what we so passionately discuss here at The...
This story is a follow-up to this story. There she was, again! The same hijab and stroller, but most recognizably the immediacy of those smiling eyes, and the ebullient voice from behind the cloth. “You came back!” I exclaimed. “Yes, I...
Milan Kundera wrote that our memories are more like glimpses or brief 'scenes' than stories with beginnings or ends. They’re closer to photographs than movies. You’ve heard the phrase about life flashing before your eyes in the final estimation; or perhaps you experience something similar, as...

The Good Neighbor

I won’t mention the many issues I take with this awful coworker of mine. I’ll merely point out his obliviousness of how to skip-stop, the better to illustrate what happened: I was southbound at Rainier and Holden, nearing the end of the 7 route, and he was right behind...
The first guy didn't pay, but talked. “How's it going,” I asked.  “Fine, how are you,” he said. “Really good!” The second guy, behind him, paid but didn't speak. Some might prefer the latter customer. You know which I preferred! Later the first fellow came forward, being now the...
Before we talk about George Floyd, we have to talk about Eric Garner. Taking a step back deepens the picture. 1. The Landscape On July 16, 2019, I walked into a coffee shop at 2nd and Lenora. The New York Times headline inside...