Saturday, 19 October, 2019

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, KING5 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.

Compton, Gently

This was lifetimes ago. Summer of 2003, one year of high school remaining. I strolled the flatlands of Compton with camera in hand, up early by choice and searching the shadows and light for an angle that would show how I felt. Rush hour had burned off...
KVRU's Simon Kidde (a friend, and the son of another friend!) sits down with myself and Metro's Robyn Austin to discuss the impending transition of the 7 to Rapid, and what that will entail (and not entail) for the people and myself. This was a ton of...
Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019, 7 – 9 p.m.Seattle Central Library, Level 1: Microsoft AuditoriumFree The title kind of says it all. It's like the Oscars, except, of course, for all the ways it isn't: you don't have to pay, it's not long, and there...
This post is a care package for my colleagues and anyone else who was scared or otherwise put off by a recent spate of exaggeration in some recent newsmedia depictions of Metro buses as dangerous places. Neither of this week's broadcasts emphasized they were:

A Bus Driver Kind of Mind

Why do I love scruffiness, when I am not scruffy? Because these are the strangers who are consistently nicest to me, who treat me plainly, as an equal and fellow human. We feel the leading-edge bruises of the immediacy of life together, and we...
It all started so innocently. Each person meant well, but each had a stress inside them, a bitterness, that they turned on the others without a second thought. The first person got on long before the ride would become unpleasant, well before they knew...

21st Century Man

Something about the hard shadows gave the proceedings a quality of immediacy. You know, like the old westerns: standoffs beneath an unblinking desert sun. I first knew him as a sullen teen sitting in the back of today's largely empty 120. He pimp-rolled to...
A continuation of this story: Part I, Part II, and Part III. She was like a river, the way her words tumbled out. An outpouring. In the same fashion you never remember how a dream began, only that you're suddenly there, I have no recollection of how...