I'm a journalist and essayist based in Los Angeles, telling the city's story one sentence at a time. My latest book "A Handful of Earth, A Handful of Sky: The World of Octavia E. Butler" traces the California-born writer's early formation, through an assemblage of objects drawn from her personal archive. My 2016 book, After/Image: Los Angeles Outside the Frame, is a collection of essays and photographs exploring Los Angeles' ever-shifting terrain.
"Safe At Home in Los Angeles "
via High Country News
"By Saturday morning, my curiosity gets the best of me. What has happened to my city? I drive into my old neighborhood, Echo Park, to do my sanctioned grocery shopping. Just as I’ve glimpsed in the TV coverage, Sunset Boulevard appears as if asleep. Surreal for a Saturday: the empty streets slick with morning drizzle, the bus benches clear of commuters, the sleek new cafes, usually noisy with morning business, shut tight behind accordion gates...."