Monday, 10 August, 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.
He was talking about his dog. After rush hour and after sunset, there is time for dog conversations. “I don't let people pet them though,” he said. He was a younger man like myself, at the in-between moment of your thirties– neither young anymore...

Bravado

We talked about all manner of things. Charles went by Leonard too, interchangeably, though I never learned the reason why; a middle and a first name, if I understand. A squat fellow who looked good for his late middle age, with defined features and...
There wasn't even a pandemic happening when we had this conversation. How quaint. How fabulous. There was a pandemic during our shorter subsequent conversation, wherein we go over everyone's favorite virus (further thoughts on that lovely conversation and how it ended up being used in some circles here), but...

Jessica Lee

Broadway and Pine, inbound. ​It's one of my favorite stops because, like Fourth and Pike, there's usually a mob waiting for you. In the 'burbs, crowds at bus stops form themselves into orderly lines; here in the city center, disorganized mobs are the going...

Wife Saving Wheels

“Listen, I gotta tell you a story.”“Sure,” I answered. “Lemme let these people on real quick.”“Yeah.” He was excited, grinning in the dark at Rainier and Othello. By day he was one of those fellows who spin the “Slow” and “Stop” signs at construction...
A huge, huge thanks to Erica C. Barnett for her graciousness and inclusion of all sides of this thorny issue in detail. I feel excited and honoured to be interviewed along side my wonderful bus driver buds, Sam, Audrey and Jeremy; Erica is also a friend of...
Really quick, but very important-- The difference between popularity and fame, as I define those words, is that popularity has more to do with being known directly, from primary interactions with the person in question. Fame is when you read about whoever it is...
"So how's that 554?" I asked.  Buses are microcosms of the neighborhoods they serve, and the 554 was what this young man was headed toward. That cushy suburban express route with its soft seats and open highways... it seemed a far cry from where...