Having returned to my hometown, Steamboat Springs, Colorado, at the end of August, I started writing a weekly-ish column for Civilized on all things Arts, Culture and/or Cannabis, beginning with this 3,300-word fashion story.
Giving fashionably late new meaning, I launched Skyline Studio’s Instagram account: @skylinestudiopdx Unfortunately, after nearly 6 months of work, creating a beautifully designed and perfectly legal space where people could consume cannabis, and despite having lawyered up and being vetted by The City and Travel Portland, both, Airbnb turned down my application to host private cannabis events at Skyline Studio. To be continued.
My second year as a judge for the Cultivation Classic, the world’s most rigorous scientific cannabis contest. Basically, given the best terroir on Planet Earth, Oregon boasts the absolute best organic cannabis in the world, and this contest decides which growers take home the official honors. Cultivation Classic is the biggest event of the year in the Oregon’s craft cannabis industry.
Give Oregon’s consumption laws—because it is only legal to consume cannabis in a private residence, last November, I started developing a project called Skyline Studio, using my own apartment to showcase the best products, companies and design in cannabis—Goldleaf, Stonedware, LGS Studio, SDK, Leif Goods, Luminous Botanicals, Stashlogix, Cannador, Broccoli and Toro Ma, to name a few—with special focus on Portland creatives. Providing a bridge between Portland’s creative community and its cannabis community, Skyline Studio launched with an Open House during Design Week Portland, DWP 2018, and the week ended on a suitably high note, with a night of exquisite canna-infused cocktails and small plates on 4/20/18.
After two solid years of pitching them cannabis stories, Portland Monthly finally launched their very first cannabis-themed issue, and I had a handful of short pieces included. But a Victory just the same.
I lost someone on July 4th. He was, hands down, the single most extraordinary man I have ever known. And I loved him from the start, truly, I did. And I believe I always will, truly, to the end. His name was Doug Foster, and I don’t know if I’ll ever write about him, our time together, but if I do, my only hope is that those words make him proud. Godspeed, DF.
Just want to share a couple links.
First, BOMB’s latest hardcover publication, BOMB: The Author Interviews (thank you, Mark, for sending my copies from Soho Press). I interviewed the scary-brilliant Ben Marcus many, many years ago, and I was sweating, I was so nervous. It was a BIG deal at the time, and remains a BIG deal now. So, I was a bit staggered, to say the least, when our interview was included in the most phenomenal list of international writers selected from 30 years of BOMB Magazine—from Roberto Bolaño to Jonathan Franzen to Amy Hempel to Lydia Davis to Geoff Dyer . . . the list just goes on and on.
Second. this past spring, I organized an exhibit, “Telling It Slant,” for my favorite gallery in the world, truly,, NIAD Art Center. It was a collection of NIAD's crafts, which were chosen for a show (now running through August) at the Richmond Art Gallery, and you can read my write-up here.
And, also, a very kind review about the show here.
As part of a new series, I was asked to organize an online exhibition of affordable art for NIAD, National Institute for Art and Disabilities, which just went live and can be seen here: NIAD is, hands down, one of my favorite art organizations in the world, and most certainly online, so it was a thrill, truly.
Also, a short piece I wrote for i-D magazine this past summer. Which was mostly an excuse to talk with living legend Patty McGee, the first female National Skateboard Champion in history.
Last, a link to Saccades Project’s Facebook page, where I post a Picture of the Day just about every day of the year, going strong about 4.5 years. And now looking to take a big step forward and do something bigger and more permanent with those artists in the year ahead.
Moved to Portland on May 1. Finished a new book, Bone-White, the sequel to Ghost Time. Finished my first piece for i-D, which will be published on August 22. Looking forward to working on the campaign for A River Between Us, a feature documentary about the Klamath River and the oldest and most bitterly disputed water war in the United States, as well as guest curating an online gallery for NIAD that will post on September 17.
All good, all is very good.
My favorite time of year is here: the reading period for the annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards begins.
I'm also producing a feature documentary called A River Between Us, which will lay the groundwork for a conservation project that stands to become the largest river restoration project in American history--bigger than the Everglades, and coming spring/summer 2014.
Editing a book on the unsung heroes of Oregon's conservation movement; writing an introduction for the first book published by the tremendous NIAD Art Center; and trying to finish a new book of my own. Was also thinking about taking a few cooking classes, but we'll see.
Today is the official publication day of GHOST TIME, the first novel of a trilogy that will be written under the umbrella of Saccades Project, and inspired by thousands of artists from around the world. My sincere thanks to each and every artist who has participated in this project over the past 3.5 years.
It's my favorite time of year: the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards reading period begins today, which marks my third year as a National Juror. Which means I have fifty short stories in the next few weeks, but this is the one month of the year I don't complain about not getting enough reading done. All good.
Very excited to be working with V&M, Vintage and Modern, and extremely proud to announce today’s launch of F-STOP, the Emerging Artist series I’m curating for their new sister site, V&M Photography.
After four years of reaching out to countless artists I admire from all over the world, but able to do little more than offer praise and request permission to share their photographs on Saccades Project’s Facebook page, I now have the most incredible opportunity to truly support artists I believe in. Needless to say, I’m very grateful.
And a bit of the backstory can be read here.
It was no great secret, I’m just ridiculously superstitious and wanted to be sure I made it there and back before saying anything. Since I have, well, I went to Shanghai—actually, I went LA, London, Shanghai, London, LA, around the world in eight days—in March, by invitation of Alfred Dunhill (I wrote the introduction to their S/S12 in-house magazine, the first woman and first Yank, both, I believe, to write for them, and yes, I was truly honored), had the most phenomenal time, and lived to write about it for Whitewall. Also, I’m about to start the final edit of my new book, Ghost Time, and once that’s finished, I’ll start writing the sequel, the second installment of the trilogy. In July, hopefully
Also, I’m now working on a feature film script with the wondrous Todd Cole, and I just received two new assignments, for Another Man and the premier issue of OC Annual. Which I’ll talk about when both stories are filed—being ridiculously superstitious and all, you know how it is.
Very excited—really, I am so excited that I will be a juror for the 2012 National Scholastic Writing Awards for the second year in a row. (Past Arts and Writing winners include: Stan Brakhage, Truman Capote, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, John Baldessari, Sylvia Plath and Richard Avedon, to name a few.) Hopefully, I'll be judging the Science Fiction category again, but any category is an honor. Last year, I couldn't tell anyone I was a juror, wasn't allowed, but this year, I'll be telling everyone I know. Because reading the work of these phenomenally talented young writers was both tremendously humbling and one of the true highlights of my 2011.
Also, on that note, and at long last, I am very pleased to announce that my next novel, Ghost Signs, my first attempt at YA, young adult, will be published by Amazon Publishing in 2013. Time to get to work on the second installment.
Last piece of news, I'm heading to Shanghai in March. On assignment, more or less--we'll see which comes first.
Just filed a story about the Louis Vuitton/MOCA Art Talks Series, held here, in Los Angeles, this past September and October. Also filed an interview with the most wonderful Todd Cole. Both pieces will appear in Whitewall Magazine’s spring 2012 Art issue.
Well, now, here’s some news worth sharing: I’ve become a regular contributor for the fabulous Whitewall Magazine, with three interviews on file.
One, the first, is with English designer/director/photographer/phenom Adrien Sauvage, for their September issue; and another with the most charming Jason Beckley, the global marketing director of Alfred Dunhill, which will appear in their December issue.
And, last, but not least, an interview with Mathilde Laurent, the “nose” of Cartier—and what an incredible woman, she is.
In the past few years, I actually forgot how much I love to interview, having the opportunity to speak to people who are out there, doing brilliant work, all over the world, so it’s been a wonderful reminder.
Where does the time go? Well, this past April, six months into Saccades Project, I had to put it on hold. Because, having reached the halfway mark I’d laid out for this new novel, I already had 1,000 pages of writing. Which is about three books worth of material.
Speaking of good problems. Last month, while taking a break from Saccades, my novel in progress, I wrote my first sci-fi novel, start to finish. Sci-fi, that’s right. Why the hell not? It just happened, and it was fun, too—like who knew writing could be so much fun?
So I’m now polishing two novels, which just gave me an idea for another book. And all three of these novel ideas are sizing up to be serial, too. Like three books per series, easy. In other words, I’m looking at something like two novels down, and only seven more to go. That should keep me busy for a while.
Oh, and after eighteen months in Buenos Aires, I moved to LA in March. The only real change—okay, two annoying habits I’ve picked up. One, I can’t stop talking about how great the weather is, and two, I can’t stop saying, “douche.” Didn’t used to get that at all, but now it makes perfect sense.
Otherwise, life is good. Thanks for stopping by.
Very special thanks to Eden Osucha for inviting me to beautiful Bates College, in Lewiston, Maine, where I spent a week as a guest writer this past September. Eden worked so hard to get me there and took such good care of me, once she did—loved it, had themost excellent week—especially meeting with as all the students who shared their work with me. Much thanks to Nora Brouder for her lovely words, as well.
I’m also indebted to Bill Walsh for writing the first interview about Saccades Project for his Kenyon Review series on literary collaborations. And yes, Saccades Project continues; I’m currently editing the novel, hope to update the site with new galleries in the very near future, and in the meantime, you can see more of the artists involved on our Facebook page.
Got a little sidetracked, these couple months, but for the best possible reason, which was guest editing the January 2011 issue of BLIP Magazine. Please stop by if you have a chance. And thank you, if you do.