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WordPress + Web Design + Web Dev + Interactive Data + New Media

I do it all. If you can describe it, I can build it: database-driven websites and custom WordPress CMS solutions for organizations which need something more than something off the shelf.

  • Clients

    Museums & galleries; foundations; law firms; journalists; restaurants; thoroughbred stables; energy companies; pro rock bands, & many others.

  • Skills

    WordPress dev; interactive web design; new media storytelling with data-driven maps, charts, galleries & timelines; audio & video editing; much more.

  • Teaching

    An experienced university professor, I teach design, communication, post-production & animation courses in diverse departments and academic disciplines.

  • Projects

    Highlights of lectures, client and faculty work, proofs of concept in JavaScript, graphic design, live data sets, animation, information design and more.

  • Biography

    Aptitude tests in high school reported I was best suited to be a farmer.

  • Reading

    I threw out my television 25 years ago, leaving plenty of time for reading.

  • Studio

    My work studio is a co-mingling of the obsolete and the cutting edge, a regular Collyer Mansion for the modern man.

  • Photography

    It took me awhile to go digital – a penultimate apostasy in my book. Want to see what I can do with a crummy camera?

  • Music

    I cannot read or write a note of music — I taught myself by ear to play different instruments & write songs in sundry styles & genres.

  • Video

    These are mostly time-lapse experiments – I shot the imagery and composed the soundtracks.

  • News

    Recent additions to this site: web projects, design projects, photo galleries, original music & video — you name it.

  • Resources

    An archive of articles which tie into the web projects I build, the university courses I teach and the lecture audiences I address.

“The Great Wall of Music”

My studio is an art installation — a simultaneous overlay of an art gallery, a performance space, a design office, a recording studio, a used record & book store and a pawn shop.

 INTERACTIVE: This photograph of a cross-section of my studio was featured in the Washington Post Magazine’s “Second Glance” section.

Client, Faculty & Personal Work

Custom front-end & back-end design & programming.

Working with clients of all sizes, I am highly skilled at creating custom database-driven interactive solutions using WordPress, PHP, mySQL, jQuery, AJAX & Bootstrap. Database management a specialty.

Most people in my field do web development *or* web design – I do both. I am well-versed in creating innovative applications serving up API-driven rich content from Scribd, Flickr, SoundCloud, YouTube, Twitter, Google Custom Search, Disqus, Wufoo and others.

The George Washington University

  • Graphic Design: Layout and Design of the Book
  • Digital Media Design: Frame-By-Frame Animation
  • Digital Media Design: Interactive Web Design I

The Corcoran College of Art + Design

  • Art History: Digital Media Culture
  • Graphic Design: Junior Studio Core, Graphic Design III
  • New Media Photojournalism: Graduate Program, Audio Production: Speed of Sound
  • New Media Photojournalism: Graduate Thesis, Directed Study
  • New Media Photojournalism: Senior Thesis, Directed Study
  • Digital Media Design: Senior Thesis, Digital Media Design IV
  • Digital Media Design: Junior Studio Core, Digital Media Design III
  • Digital Media Design: Interactive Web Design II
  • Digital Media Design: Interactive Web Design I
  • Digital Media Design: Sound Design
  • Digital Media Design: Flash Animation

The Catholic University of America

  • Interactive Media Design: Audio Production & Design
  • Interactive Media Design: Video Art w/Final Cut Pro
  • Interactive Media Design: Intro to Dreamweaver
  • Interactive Media Design: Intro to Flash

Seminar Presentation – the National Press Foundation

  • Information Design: A Foundation in Web Publishing Tools

Seminar Presentations – US General Accounting Office

  • Graphic Design: Web Design For Print Professionals
  • Information Design: Transitioning from Print to Web Publishing

Class Videos: How To Watch Sound

I remixed & animated this classic rock song for one of the New Media Photojournalism graduate classes I taught at the Corcoran College of Art + Design.

The idea was to introduce people to observing sound with their eyes, not their ears.

Class Videos: Digital Media Culture

Intro to an Art History lecture I delivered at the Corcoran College of Art + Design.

I put together coverage of the 1937 Hindenburg disaster using obsolete media to fuel the discussion: "How will we communicate 75 years from now? To what extent will contemporary modern media be extant then?"

All You Need To Know About John Carmody

I pulled the plug 25 years ago.

Since 1992 I have been studying American heritage while living a pop culture hermitage.

That means: no TV, no Facebook, no Twitter, no texting, no celebrities, no sports, no video games, no crummy music, no credit cards, no debt, no logos, no smart phone…

You get the idea.

Books Read, 2017: 38

  • Three Films
    Battleship Potempkin | October | Alexander Nevsky
    Sergei Eisenstein
    1974 -
  • Band Of Angels
    Robert Penn Warren
    1955 -
  • Gilliamesque
    A Pre-Posthumous Memoir
    Terry Gilliam
    2015 -
  • Neutrino Hunters
    The Chase to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe
    Ray Jayawardhana
    2013 -
  • The Tumult and the Shouting
    My Life In Sport
    Grantland Rice
    1954 -
  • What Hath God Wrought
    The Transformation of America, 1815 - 1848
    Daniel Walker Howe
    2007 -
  • The Bad Seed
    William March
    1954 -
  • The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
    Carson McCullers
    1940 -
  • Short Cuts
    Robert Altman & Frank Barhydt
    1993 -
  • A Tour On The Prairies
    An Account of Thirty Days in Deep Indian Country
    Washington Irving
    1833 -
  • Astrophysics for People in a Hurry
    Neil deGrasse Tyson
    2017 -
  • The Public Arts
    Gilbert Seldes
    1956 -
  • The Jack Benny Show
    The Life & Times of America's Best-Loved Entertainer
    Milt Josefsberg
    1977 -
  • The Fables of Ivan Krylov
    1769-1844
    Translated by Stephen Pimenoff
    2017 -
  • The Scarlet Letter
    Nathaniel Hawthorne
    1850 -
  • Ragged Dick
    Or, Street Life in New York with the Boot Blacks
    Horatio Alger, Jr.
    1868 -
  • Hard Times
    An Oral History of the Great Depression
    Studs Terkel
    1970 -
  • The Day of the Locust
    Nathanael West
    1939 -
  • Life on the Mississippi
    Mark Twain
    1883 -
  • I Married A Communist
    Or, The Woman On Pier 13
    Robert Stevenson
    1949 -
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
    A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream
    Hunter S. Thompson
    1971 -
  • In Confidence
    Moscow's Ambassador to America's Six Cold War Presidents (1962-1986)
    Anatoly Dobrynin
    1995 -
  • Being There
    Jerzy Kosinski
    1970 -
  • Lincoln’s Constitution
    Daniel Farber
    2003 -
  • Manhattan Transfer
    John Dos Passos
    1925 -
  • The Prince
    Niccolò Machiavelli
    1513 -
  • Leonardo’s Brain
    Understanding Da Vinci's Creative Genius
    Leonard Schlain
    2015 -
  • No More Vietnams
    Richard Nixon
    1985 -
  • 1066
    The Year of the Conquest
    David Howarth
    1977 -
  • Ragtime
    E. L. Doctorow
    1974 -
  • Herblock: A Cartoonist’s Life
    Self-portrait and Views of Washington from Roosevelt to Clinton
    Herbert Block
    1993 -
  • Tobacco Road
    Erskine Caldwell
    1932 -
  • How The Other Half Lives
    Studies Among The Tenements Of New York
    Jacob A. Riis
    1890 -
  • All The Pretty Horses
    Cormac McCarthy
    1992 -
  • Darkness At Noon
    Arthur Koestler
    1941 -
  • Keith Moon
    The Life & Death of a Rock Legend
    Tony Fletcher
    1998 -
  • Animal Farm
    George Orwell
    1945 -
  • The Gutenberg Galaxy
    The Making of Typographic Man
    Marshall McLuhan
    1962 -

Books Read, 2016: 36

  • Longitude
    Dava Sobel
    1995 -
  • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
    Philip K. Dick
    1968 -
  • Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo
    Capt. Ted W. Lawson
    1943 -
  • On The Beach
    Neville Shute
    1957 -
  • Thinking With Type
    A Critical Guide
    Ellen Lupton
    2004 -
  • The Wayward Bus
    John Steinbeck
    1947 -
  • Crossing To Safety
    Wallace Stegner
    1987 -
  • Off The Record With FDR
    The War Years 1942-1945
    William D. Hassett
    1958 -
  • Specifications Grading
    Restoring Rigor, Motivating Students & Saving Faculty Time
    Linda B. Nilson
    2015 -
  • Finale
    The Reagan Years
    Thomas Mallon
    2015 -
  • The Bell Jar
    Sylvia Plath
    1963 -
  • The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
    Benjamin Franklin
    1793 -
  • The Big Picture
    On the Origins of Life, Meaning & the Universe Itself
    Sean Carroll
    2016 -
  • Six Amendments
    How and Why We Should Change the Constitution
    John Paul Stevens, US Supreme Court Justice (ret.)
    2014 -
  • Death of a Salesman
    Arthur Miller
    1949 -
  • Notes From A Dead House
    Fyodor Dostoevsky
    1862 -
  • Real Peace
    Richard Nixon
    1984 -
  • Stars In Their Courses
    The Gettysburg Campaign, June-July 1863
    Shelby Foote
    1963 -
  • Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72
    Hunter S. Thompson
    1973 -
  • Zero K
    Don DeLillo
    2016 -
  • The Johnstown Flood
    The Story Behind The 1889 Disaster
    David McCullough
    1968 -
  • A Walk on the Wild Side
    Nelson Algren
    1956 -
  • The Jungle
    Upton Sinclair
    1906 -
  • Working
    People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do
    Studs Terkel
    1974 -
  • Hells Angels
    The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs
    Hunter S. Thompson
    1966 -
  • Babbit
    Sinclair Lewis
    1922 -
  • Don’t Wait for the Next War
    A Strategy for American Growth and Global Leadership
    General (ret.) Wesley K. Clark
    2014 -
  • Here, There and Everywhere
    My Life Recording the Music of The Beatles
    Geoff Emerick
    2006 -
  • Sound Man
    A Life Recording Hits with The Stones, The Who and Led Zeppelin
    Glynn Johns
    2014 -
  • Waiting For Lefty
    And Other Plays
    Clifford Odets
    1937 -
  • The Big Rock Candy Mountain
    Wallace Stegner
    1943 -
  • Voices From Chernobyl
    The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster
    Svetlana Alexievich
    1997 -
  • The Executioner’s Song
    Norman Mailer
    1979 -
  • Claudius The God
    And His Wife Messalina
    Robert Graves
    1935 -
  • The Imperial Presidency
    Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.
    1973 -
  • Women’s Diaries of the Westward Journey
    1840-1870
    Lillian Schlissel
    1992 -

Books Read, 2015: 34

  • Harpo Speaks…About New York
    Adolph Marx
    1961 -
  • Not Too Old To Cut The Mustard
    Jumping Bill Carlisle & Friends Talk About His Life & the Country Music Business
    Anita Capps
    2000 -
  • The Prank
    The Best of Young Chekhov (1880-1882)
    Anton Chekhov
    2015 -
  • Polk
    The Man who Transformed the Presidency and America
    Walter K. Borneman
    2008 -
  • A Study In Scarlet
    Arthur Conan Doyle
    1878 -
  • The Bridge of San Luis Rey
    Thornton Wilder
    1928 -
  • In The Wake of the Plague
    The Black Death & the World it Made
    Norman Cantor
    2001 -
  • All Quiet on the Western Front
    Erich Maria Remarque
    1928 -
  • Libra
    Don DeLillo
    1988 -
  • Requiem For A Dream
    Hubert Selby, Jr.
    1978 -
  • Notes on the Death of Culture
    Essays on Spectacle and Society
    Mario Vargas Llosa
    2012 -
  • A Detailed Analysis of the Constitution
    Edward F. Cooke
    1958 -
  • Paterson
    Volumes I - V
    William Carlos Williams
    1946 -
  • Art & Physics
    Parallel Visions in Space, Time and Light
    Leonard Schlain
    1991 -
  • The Story of a Bad Boy
    Thomas Bailey Aldrich
    1870 -
  • Independence Day
    Richard Ford
    1995 -
  • The Spectator Bird
    Wallace Stegner
    1976 -
  • O Pioneers!
    Willa Cather
    1913 -
  • Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
    Harriet Jacobs
    1861 -
  • White Mule
    William Carlos Williams
    1937 -
  • The Time Machine
    H.G. Wells
    1895 -
  • The Haldeman Diaries
    Inside The Nixon White House
    H.R. Haldeman
    1993 -
  • Travels With Charley
    John Steinbeck
    1962 -
  • John Barleycorn
    Or, Alcoholic Memoirs
    Jack London
    1913 -
  • Law and the Nation
    1865 - 1912
    Jonathan Lurie
    1983 -
  • Days of Wine and Roses
    David Westheimer
    1962 -
  • One Day In The Life Of Ivan Denisovich
    Alexander Solzhenitsyn
    1963 -
  • That Man
    An Insider's Portrait of Franklin D. Roosevelt
    Robert H. Jackson
    1954 -
  • Harlot’s Ghost
    Norman Mailer
    1991 -
  • Looking Backward
    Edward Bellamy
    1888 -
  • Equus
    Peter Shaffer
    1973 -
  • Seven Plays
    Sam Shephard
    1981 -
  • A People’s History of the United States
    Howard Zinn
    1992 -
  • The Autobiography of Joseph Stalin
    Richard Lourie
    1999 -

Books Read, 2014: 34

  • The Unvanquished
    William Faulkner
    1938 -
  • Blockade Diary
    Under Siege In Leningrad, 1941-1942
    Elena Kochina
    1990 -
  • The Luck of Roaring Camp
    And Other Stories
    Bret Harte
    1869 -
  • Groucho And Me
    The Autobiography
    Julius H. Marx
    1959 -
  • The Glass Cage
    Automation and Us
    Nicholas Carr
    2014 -
  • From Here To Eternity
    James Jones
    1951 -
  • The Zone of Interest
    Martin Amis
    2014 -
  • The Autobiography of Mark Twain
    1877-1910
    ed., Charles Neider
    1959 -
  • The Communist Manifesto
    Karl Marx + Frederick Engels
    1848 -
  • The Iron Heel
    Jack London
    1908 -
  • Slaughterhouse-Five
    Or, The Children's Crusade
    Kurt Vonnegut
    1966 -
  • It Can’t Happen Here
    Sinclair Lewis
    1935 -
  • Homer & Langley
    E. L. Doctorow
    2009 -
  • Plain Speaking
    An Oral Biography of Harry S Truman
    Merle Miller
    1974 -
  • From Eternity to Here
    The Quest for the Ultimate Theory of Time
    Sean Carroll
    2010 -
  • The Plot Against America
    Philip Roth
    2004 -
  • Hitchcock and Bradbury Fistfight in Heaven
    ed., McSweeney's 45
    2013 -
  • Good Hunting
    An American Spymaster's Story
    Jack Devine
    2014 -
  • Bad Monkey
    Carl Hiaasen
    2013 -
  • All The King’s Men
    Robert Penn Warren
    1946 -
  • Daily Life in the United States, 1920-1940
    How Americans Lived Through the Roaring Twenties and the Great Depression
    David E. Kyvig
    2002 -
  • Morning And Noon
    A Memoir
    Dean Acheson
    1965 -
  • Killer Of Crying Deer
    William Orem
    2010 -
  • Barabbas
    Par Lagerkvist
    1950 -
  • The 480
    Eugene Burdick
    1964 -
  • Big Bets & Black Swans
    Policy Recommendations for President Obama in 2014
    ed., Brookings Institution
    2014 -
  • Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said
    Philip K. Dick
    1974 -
  • The Friends of Eddie Coyle
    George V. Higgins
    1970 -
  • Nixonland
    The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America
    Rick Perlstein
    2008 -
  • The Human Comedy
    William Saroyan
    1943 -
  • The Sportswriter
    Richard Ford
    1986 -
  • My Silent War
    The Autobiography of a Spy
    Kim Philby
    1968 -
  • Winesburg, Ohio
    A Group of Tales of Ohio Small-Town Life
    Sherwood Anderson
    1919 -
  • Frankenstein
    Or, The Modern Prometheus
    Mary Shelley
    1831 -

Books Read, 2013: 36

  • The Crucible
    Arthur Miller
    1952 -
  • Last Exit To Brooklyn
    Hubert Selby, Jr.
    1957 -
  • Six Months In 1945
    FDR, Stalin, Churchill & Truman - from World War to Cold War
    Michael Dobbs
    2012 -
  • The Circle
    Dave Eggers
    2013 -
  • The Millennium
    A Comedy of the Year 2000
    Upton Sinclair
    1907 -
  • God’s Little Acre
    Erskine Caldwell
    1933 -
  • Return of the Thin Man
    Dashiell Hammett
    1935 -
  • NW
    Zadie Smith
    2012 -
  • Confederates in the Attic
    Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War
    Tony Horwitz
    1998 -
  • I, Claudius
    From the Autobiography of Tiberius Claudius
    Robert Graves
    1934 -
  • Go East Young Man
    Short Stories on Class in America 1917-1931
    Sinclair Lewis
    2005 -
  • Dewey Defeats Truman
    Thomas Mallon
    1997 -
  • The Art of Intelligence
    Lessons from a Life in the CIA's Clandestine Service
    Henry A. Crumpton
    2012 -
  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin
    Or, Life Among The Lowly
    Harriet Beecher Stowe
    1852 -
  • Visual Explanations
    Images and Quantities, Evidence and Narrative
    Edward R. Tufte
    1997 -
  • A Democrat Looks At His Party
    Dean Acheson
    1955 -
  • The Wanting Seed
    Anthony Burgess
    1962 -
  • Flatland
    Edwin A. Abbott
    1884 -
  • Cosmopolis
    Don DeLillo
    2003 -
  • Sabbath’s Theater
    Philip Roth
    1995 -
  • London Fields
    Martin Amis
    1989 -
  • The Hunt For KSM
    Inside the Pursuit and Takedown of the Real 9/11 Mastermind
    Terry McDermott and Josh Meyer
    2012 -
  • The Luck of Barry Lyndon
    William Makepeace Thackeray
    1844 -
  • Amity & Sorrow
    Peggy Riley
    2013 -
  • Affection and Trust
    Personal Correspondence, 1953-1971
    Harry S Truman and Dean Acheson
    2010 -
  • Fellow Travelers
    Thomas Mallon
    2006 -
  • Pakistan On The Brink
    The Future of America, Pakistan & Afghanistan
    Ahmed Rashid
    2012 -
  • The Good House
    Ann Leary
    2013 -
  • Freedom
    Jonathan Franzen
    2010 -
  • The Thin Red Line
    James Jones
    1962 -
  • Give Me Everything You Have
    On Being Stalked
    James Lasdun
    2013 -
  • Marjorie Morningstar
    Herman Wouk
    1955 -
  • Time’s Arrow
    Martin Amis
    1991 -
  • Junky
    William S. Burroughs
    1953 -
  • Hedy’s Folly
    The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr
    Richard Rhodes
    2011 -
  • Sunday Nights at Seven
    The Jack Benny Story
    Jack Benny
    1990 -

Books Read, 2012: 38

  • American Nations
    A History of the 11 Rival Regional Cultures of North America
    Colin Woodard
    2011 -
  • Narcopolis
    Jeet Thayil
    2012 -
  • Escape From Camp 14
    One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West
    Blaine Harden
    2012 -
  • Citizen Soldier
    A LIfe of Harry S Truman
    Aida D. Donald
    2012 -
  • Visual Strategies
    For Scientists & Engineers
    Felice C. Frankel & Angela H. DePace
    2012 -
  • A Farewell To Arms
    Ernest Hemingway
    1929 -
  • Cities of the Plain
    Cormac McCarthy
    1998 -
  • Swamplandia
    Karen Russell
    2011 -
  • Midnight Rising
    John Brown & the Raid that Sparked the Civil War
    Tony Horwitz
    2011 -
  • Envisioning Information
    Edward R. Tufte
    1990 -
  • Washington, D.C.
    A Novel
    Gore Vidal
    1967 -
  • Lionel Asbo
    State of England
    Martin Amis
    2012 -
  • Where’d You Go, Bernadette
    Maria Semple
    2012 -
  • The Counterlife
    Philip Roth
    1986 -
  • Complete Stories
    1943 - 1982
    Truman Capote
    2004 -
  • American Diplomacy
    George F. Kennan
    1952 -
  • Logavina Street
    Life and Death in a Sarajevo Neighborhood
    Barbara Demick
    1996 -
  • The Dictator’s Learning Curve
    Inside the Global Battle for Democracy
    William J. Dobson
    2012 -
  • Canada
    Richard Ford
    2012 -
  • The Education of a Typographer
    ed. Steven Heller
    2004 -
  • The Corrections
    Jonathan Franzen
    2001 -
  • Page One
    Inside the New York Times & the Future of Journalism
    ed. David Folkenflik
    2011 -
  • Mao II
    Don DeLillo
    1991 -
  • A Visit from the Goon Squad
    Jennifer Egan
    2010 -
  • The Years of Lyndon Johnson
    The Passage of Power
    Robert A. Caro
    2012 -
  • Grouped
    How Groups of Friends Influence the Social Web
    Paul Adams
    2012 -
  • The Angel Esmeralda
    Nine Stories
    Don DeLillo
    2011 -
  • One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest
    Ken Kesey
    1962 -
  • The Best American Science Writing
    ed. Jesse Cohen
    2010 -
  • Watergate
    A Novel
    Thomas Mallon
    2011 -
  • The Design of Everyday Things
    Donald A. Norman
    1988 -
  • Satan Is Real
    The Ballad of the Louvin Brothers
    Charlie Louvin
    2011 -
  • The Cleanest Race
    How North Koreans See Themselves
    B.R. Myers
    2011 -
  • The Long Goodbye
    Raymond Chandler
    1953 -
  • The Orphan Master’s Son
    A Novel
    Adam Johnson
    2012 -
  • Sound Reporting
    The NPR Guide to Audio Journalism and Production
    Jonathan Kern
    2008 -
  • The Hidden Reality
    Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos
    Brian Greene
    2011 -
  • Reclaiming Fair Use
    How To Put Balance Back In Copyright
    Patricia Aufderheide & Peter Jaszi
    2011 -

Books Read, 2011: 38

  • Night of Camp David
    Fletcher Knebel
    1966 -
  • Collected Works, The Screenplays Vol 2
    1971-1978
    Paddy Chayefsky
    1995 -
  • The Visual Miscellaneum
    David McCandless
    2009 -
  • Eisenhower
    The White House Years
    Jim Newton
    2011 -
  • I Married A Communist
    Philip Roth
    1998 -
  • Stasiland
    Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall
    Anna Funder
    2002 -
  • The Visual Display of Quantitative Information
    Edward R. Tufte
    1981 -
  • The Art Of Creative Advertising
    Michael Antebi
    1968 -
  • Life In Year One
    What The World Was Like In First-Century Palestine
    Scott Korb
    2010 -
  • The Great American Novel
    Philip Roth
    1973 -
  • The Song of the Lark
    Willa Cather
    1915 -
  • You Are Not A Gadget
    A Manifesto
    Jaron Lanier
    2010 -
  • The Stranger
    Albert Camus
    1946 -
  • Famine Ship Diary
    The Journey of an Irish Coffin Ship
    Robert Whyte
    1847 -
  • White Noise
    Don Delillo
    1985 -
  • Nothing To Envy
    Ordinary Lives In North Korea
    Barbara Demick
    2010 -
  • Mr. Citizen
    Harry S Truman
    1960 -
  • The American Civil War
    A Military History
    John Keegan
    2009 -
  • The Boys of Summer
    Growing Up Within Shouting Distance of Ebbets Field
    Roger Kahn
    1971 -
  • The Big Sleep
    Raymond Chandler
    1939 -
  • Augustus
    A Novel
    John Williams
    1972 -
  • Making Movies
    Sidney Lumet
    1995 -
  • The PEN/O Henry Prize Stories: 2011
    The Best Stories of the Year
    ed. Laura Furman
    2011 -
  • Harry Truman’s Excellent Adventure
    Matthew Algeo
    2009 -
  • My Antonia
    Willa Cather
    1918 -
  • Bomb Power
    The Modern Presidency and the National Security State
    Garry Wills
    2010 -
  • Underworld
    Don Delillo
    1997 -
  • The Moviegoer
    Walker Percy
    1960 -
  • Jefferson Davis Gets His Citizenship Back
    Robert Penn Warren
    1980 -
  • The Next Decade
    Where We've Been..and Where We're Going
    George Friedman
    2011 -
  • Cognitive Surplus
    Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age
    Clay Shirky
    2010 -
  • Change By Design
    How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations & Inspires Innovation
    Tim Brown
    2009 -
  • The Humbling
    Philip Roth
    2010 -
  • The Art of Immersion
    How the digital generation is remaking Hollywood, Madison Avenue, and the way we tell stories.
    Frank Rose
    2011 -
  • Chuck Amuck
    The Autobiography of Chuck Jones
    Chuck Jones
    1992 -
  • The Lost Peace
    Leadership in a Time of Horror and Hope, 1945-1953
    Robert Dallek
    2010 -
  • Cyber War
    The Next Threat to National Security
    Richard A. Clarke
    2010 -
  • Marshall McLuhan:
    You Know Nothing of My Work
    Douglas Coupland
    2010 -

Books Read, 2010: 36

  • The Big Idea
    George Lois
    2008 -
  • The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet
    Reif Larsen
    2009 -
  • How To Read Literature
    Thomas C. Foster
    2007 -
  • Indignation
    Philip Roth
    2008 -
  • American Pastoral
    Philip Roth
    1997 -
  • Lolita
    Vladimir Nabokov
    1957 -
  • Rock Springs
    Richard Ford
    1987 -
  • Lord of the Flies
    William Golding
    1954 -
  • A Confederacy of Dunces
    John Kennedy Toole
    1980 -
  • The Satanic Verses
    Salman Rusdie
    1988 -
  • The Plague
    Albert Camus
    1948 -
  • The Next 100 Years
    A Forecast for the 21st Century
    George Friedman
    2009 -
  • The Big Switch
    Rewiring the World, from Edison to Google
    Nicholas Carr
    2008 -
  • How Wars End
    A History of American Intervention
    Gideon Rose
    2010 -
  • The Real War
    Richard Nixon
    1980 -
  • Presidential Command
    Presidential Leadership and the Making of Foreign Policy
    Peter W. Rodman
    2009 -
  • The Great Gamble
    The Soviet War in Afghanistan
    Gregory Feifer
    2009 -
  • Kissinger 1973
    The Crucial Year
    Alistair Horne
    2009 -
  • Goodbye Columbus
    Philip Roth
    1959 -
  • The Trial
    Franz Kafka
    1925 -
  • Portnoy’s Complaint
    Philip Roth
    1967 -
  • Methland
    The Death & Life of an American Small Town
    Nick Reding
    2009 -
  • The Great Depression
    A Diary
    Benjamin Roth
    2009 -
  • Stop Stealing Sheep
    And Find Out How Type Works
    Erik Spiekermann
    2003 -
  • Thinking With Type
    A Critical Guide
    Ellen Lupton
    2004 -
  • Truth In Comedy
    The Manual of Improvisation
    Charna Helpern et al
    1984 -
  • Hail, Hail, Euphoria
    The Marx Brothers in Duck Soup
    Roy Blount, Jr.
    2010 -
  • Zero History
    William Gibson
    2010 -
  • Inbound Marketing
    The New Rules of Social Media
    Brian Halligan
    2010 -
  • The Grand Design
    Steven Hawking & Leonard Mlodinow
    2010 -
  • A Brief History of Time
    Steven Hawking
    1988 -
  • The Little Book of String Theory
    Steven S. Gubsner
    2010 -
  • Physics of the Impossible
    A Scientific Exploration
    Michio Kaku
    2008 -
  • Number
    The Language of Science
    Tobias Dantzig
    1930 -
  • The Shallows
    What the Internet is Doing to our Brains
    Nicholas Carr
    2010 -
  • Understanding Media
    The Extensions of Man
    Marshall McLuhan
    1964 -

Books Read, Best of: 30

  • Frankenstein
    Or, The Modern Prometheus
    Mary Shelley
    1831 -
  • The Luck of Barry Lyndon
    William Makepeace Thackeray
    1844 -
  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin
    Or, Life Among The Lowly
    Harriet Beecher Stowe
    1852 -
  • How The Other Half Lives
    Studies Among The Tenements Of New York
    Jacob A. Riis
    1890 -
  • The Jungle
    Upton Sinclair
    1906 -
  • O Pioneers!
    Willa Cather
    1913 -
  • The Bridge of San Luis Rey
    Thornton Wilder
    1928 -
  • I, Claudius
    From the Autobiography of Tiberius Claudius
    Robert Graves
    1934 -
  • The Unvanquished
    William Faulkner
    1938 -
  • The Big Rock Candy Mountain
    Wallace Stegner
    1943 -
  • Paterson
    Volumes I - V
    William Carlos Williams
    1946 -
  • All The King’s Men
    Robert Penn Warren
    1946 -
  • A Walk on the Wild Side
    Nelson Algren
    1956 -
  • The Autobiography of Mark Twain
    1877-1910
    ed., Charles Neider
    1959 -
  • The Gutenberg Galaxy
    The Making of Typographic Man
    Marshall McLuhan
    1962 -
  • Understanding Media
    The Extensions of Man
    Marshall McLuhan
    1964 -
  • The Imperial Presidency
    Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.
    1973 -
  • Plain Speaking
    An Oral Biography of Harry S Truman
    Merle Miller
    1974 -
  • Requiem For A Dream
    Hubert Selby, Jr.
    1978 -
  • The Real War
    Richard Nixon
    1980 -
  • A Brief History of Time
    Steven Hawking
    1988 -
  • Time’s Arrow
    Martin Amis
    1991 -
  • Art & Physics
    Parallel Visions in Space, Time and Light
    Leonard Schlain
    1991 -
  • Independence Day
    Richard Ford
    1995 -
  • In Confidence
    Moscow's Ambassador to America's Six Cold War Presidents (1962-1986)
    Anatoly Dobrynin
    1995 -
  • American Pastoral
    Philip Roth
    1997 -
  • Visual Explanations
    Images and Quantities, Evidence and Narrative
    Edward R. Tufte
    1997 -
  • Voices From Chernobyl
    The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster
    Svetlana Alexievich
    1997 -
  • Lincoln’s Constitution
    Daniel Farber
    2003 -
  • What Hath God Wrought
    The Transformation of America, 1815 - 1848
    Daniel Walker Howe
    2007 -

290 Books Read between
January 2010 & December 2017
(in January 2010 the iPad was announced, fyi.)

That's 1 book every 10.07 days
or 3.02 books a month
for 8 years.

Each title on this list is a 100% real book, of course: not one was consumed on a device.

What Do I Read?

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Me?

Aptitude tests in high school reported I was best suited to be a farmer.

Expelled my senior year from Gonzaga College High School in Washington, D.C., I was a high school drop-out for awhile until I was accepted by the Catholic University of America without a high school diploma, GED or SAT scores.

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Unplugged Since 1992

For over 25 years now, I have been studying American heritage while living a pop culture hermitage:

  • no TV
  • no celebrities
  • no radio
  • no sports
  • no crummy music
  • no car
  • no logos
  • no credit cards
  • no debt
  • no cell
  • no smart phone
  • no eBooks
  • no texting
  • no blogging
  • no twitter
  • no blackberry
  • no facebook
  • no video games
  • no consumerist wastage
  • no trends

This is a Creative Environment.

An extension of skin, bone, circuit boards, paper & vinyl, my work studio is a co-mingling of the obsolete and the cutting edge.

Antiques, castaways, 33 1/3 album covers and open-source software interact with a striking visual experience which never fails to inspire hi-quality work.

More Photos from My Studio

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Click here to see more photos from the Washington Post Magazine shoot, as well as other photos taken over the last 18 years as this space has evolved.

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