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Under a South End Bridge

Under a South End Bridge Matt Briggs

I took this photo yesterday and have been thinking about how even though the South End is as Charles Mudede described in an essay some years ago in The Stranger as “post-apocalyptic,” this does not mean it is ugly or even populated solely by Mad Max style marauders, but is in fact populated by people. But his essay still I think applies, even though it only one side of the story south of Seattle.

Through the years, the Sea-Tac International Airport has grown and has needed more space for its sophisticated operations. To accommodate this expansion, the Port of Seattle bought whole neighborhoods and emptied them of all human life, thus producing something of a moat around the airport’s high-tech bulk. In this dead area, nature returned not as real nature, but as post-apocalyptic nature. This was the kind of growth you would expect to find after a world war eliminated human productivity and wild nature re-thrived on what used to be manicured lawns, smoothly paved roads, solid and happy homes.

— “Negative Land,” by Charles Mudede (with photos by Alice Wheeler)

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Recent Snow Day

basketball hoops in the snow

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Yellow

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Rain

 

Rain

 

 

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Hansom from This Alone Impulse by Shya Scanlon

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Eat a Peach on the Beach

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Taibi Mastelse paints Shoot the Buffalo

Shoot the Buffalo by Taibi Mastelse

Shoot the Buffalo by Taibi Mastelse

Brooklyn artist Taibi Mastelse posted a picture of a small painting she made based on my novel Shoot the Buffalo. It is oddly evocative of the novel in ways I hadn’t thought of — star bursts on linen. Too, my father has been taking snapshots of his hiking trips for decades. He is not exactly a nature photographer. His pictures are quick snapshots like family photos. Instead they are of lakes, trees, and rocks. There aren’t any people in his family photos. I used to spend a lot of time drawing with my friend as a child. We had endless drawing contests, and my friend always won. We would draw sheets of customs, sequences of animal/human hybrids, and a lot of 18 wheelers. Mastelse’s drawing remind me of these drawings (only better of course). She has drawings of cat people, dresses, and other things. Check it out. Thanks for the painting, Taibi.

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Zipper eye

Zip it up.

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Gas mask or robot?

Well?

Well?

 

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Pilgrim, I think

Unbuckle my hat.
Unbuckle my hat.
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