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On Monday, April 25th, I'll be giving a talk as part of the Cambridge Historical Society's new History Cafe series. The series invites residents to come to different bars across town and discuss issues facing the city. This one will cover gentrification (fun!) and will take place at the Hong Kong at 1238 Mass Ave. in Harvard Square, from 630pm to 8pm. The other speaker is the very amazing Japonica Brown-Saracino, who is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Boston University. Come talk with us!

I've got some zines in a show at the Distillery Gallery. The show is being put together by the very cool Dave Ortega, and runs from April 25 to May 28. The gallery is at 516 East 2nd Street, South Boston.

sharing meetings

Given how expensive the Boston area is getting, maybe some sort of community-based sharing can help us all out.

In January, I organized an open meeting at the Somerville Public Library so people could get together and discuss anything along those lines that interested them. About 30 people showed up. We talked about jointly purchasing real estate; cooperative housing and businesses; sharing items and expenses on a neighborhood level--as well as some things that are standing in the way of these goals.  Here are the minutes from the meeting, and here's a research guide that Radical Reference and I put together for the event.
The group set up an email list to continue the conversation, and we've met two more times since then. Here are the meeting minutes for the other two meetings. Join the list! Become part of the conversation!

new book!

The real estate business is a huge, complicated story. My new book "Buying & selling other people's homes" examines a piece of it by focusing on two large-scale property people.

The book pulls data from public databases about purchases, holdings, mortgages, condo-izations--and shows how the careers of these two individuals fit in with changes in the city over the last 20 years.

47 pages, black and white on blue paper. Illustrated with photos and a nifty map. 5.5" wide x 8.5" high.

Price: $4.50 + $1.25 shipping and handling in the U.S. Get yourself a copy here!

Note: Shipping outside the U.S. will vary, so please email before buying.

and another thing!

In January, the very cool Chris Berthelsen interviewed me about trying to be a parent and an artist in a crazy expensive town. It was for his Summer Art Not School series in Aukland, New Zealand-- a city that's also facing huge cost-of-living increases. You can listed to the full conversation here or download a pamphlet Chris made here.

I'm honored to be part of the advisory committee for a new artist residency program at the Brookline Public Library. The deadline is now passed for applications-- but you should apply next year! And stay tuned as the BPL announces their first ever artist in residence!

After 5 years, I stepped down from the Somerville Arts Council board. It was a wonderful experience, and I was glad to be a part of it for so long. (Speaking of, here are two interviews I did for the artist of the month program this year. There's so many talented folks in Somerville. I hope they're able to stick around, considering how expensive our town is getting.)
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