I'm a writer and journalist from Western Pennsylvania. I've written essays, many about class and culture, for Guernica, Oxford American, and The Rumpus, and my reporting has appeared in the Atlantic, Esquire, Forbes, and Spin. I'm currently at work on No Place for Disgrace, a memoir about love and identity set in the American suburbs. My tumblr is a collection of notes and images — some of my own, and some from others. For a more detailed archive of my work, you can visit my website.

freundevonfreunden:

The Brotherhood of the Paradise Children

In 1969, thirteen Hippies–refugees from campus riots, war protests and police brutality–fled to the remote Hawaiian island of Kauai to build “Taylor Camp.”

They lived off the land and build their own beach-front tree houses. Some of these structures were quite elaborate with large bamboo pole foundations, clapboard siding, and windows facing the sea.

John Wehrheim’s 1970s photographs of the camp, reveal a community that created order without rules and rejected materialism for the healing power of nature. Read their story and find the book here.

humansofnewyork:

"My dad lived in Newark, so he’d pick me up on the weekends and I’d go stay with him. But since he didn’t really get along with my mom, he’d never come over to the house. Whenever his train arrived, he’d just call and I’d go to the station to meet him. But one weekend he was three hours late. I tried to call his phone but he didn’t pick up, so I assumed he wasn’t coming and left to see a movie with my friends. I guess his train showed up a few minutes later. Because my mom said he called as soon as I left. When I finally got in touch with him, we got in a big fight. He was mad that I’d gone to see the movie. He said I didn’t care about him or love him. That was on Saturday. Late Sunday night, I got up to go the bathroom, and found my stepdad and mom crying in the kitchen. They couldn’t even tell me he’d been murdered. They just said that ‘something happened to someone in Jersey.’ I asked if it was my aunt. Then my cousins. Then my grandma. And my mom just kept shaking her head. I went down the entire list of people in Jersey before getting to my dad. And with each name I said, I got more and more scared, cause I knew what had happened."

(via darksilenceinsuburbia)

fantagraphics:

At last we can reveal the slipcase artwork for our two-volume complete collection of witzend, coming this Summer. Occupying the fertile but seldom-trod ground between the undergrounds and the “overground” mainstream (sometimes called “groundlevel comics”), witzend was created in 1966 by Wallace Wood and ran for 13 issues over nearly two decades, providing a forum for unfettered expression by creators used to toiling under commercial restrictions — in other words, a place for Wood and his friends to let their freak flags fly. And oh, what a list of friends he had. We’ll get into that later… in the meantime, see how many of them you can identify in this dazzling design! (Presale is pending — there’s a Gordian Knot we’re still untangling.)
fantagraphics:

At last we can reveal the slipcase artwork for our two-volume complete collection of witzend, coming this Summer. Occupying the fertile but seldom-trod ground between the undergrounds and the “overground” mainstream (sometimes called “groundlevel comics”), witzend was created in 1966 by Wallace Wood and ran for 13 issues over nearly two decades, providing a forum for unfettered expression by creators used to toiling under commercial restrictions — in other words, a place for Wood and his friends to let their freak flags fly. And oh, what a list of friends he had. We’ll get into that later… in the meantime, see how many of them you can identify in this dazzling design! (Presale is pending — there’s a Gordian Knot we’re still untangling.)

    fantagraphics:

    At last we can reveal the slipcase artwork for our two-volume complete collection of witzend, coming this Summer. Occupying the fertile but seldom-trod ground between the undergrounds and the “overground” mainstream (sometimes called “groundlevel comics”), witzend was created in 1966 by Wallace Wood and ran for 13 issues over nearly two decades, providing a forum for unfettered expression by creators used to toiling under commercial restrictions — in other words, a place for Wood and his friends to let their freak flags fly. And oh, what a list of friends he had. We’ll get into that later… in the meantime, see how many of them you can identify in this dazzling design! (Presale is pending — there’s a Gordian Knot we’re still untangling.)