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In August, I finished my new project, "Behind the black boxes." It looks at a heavily-redacted report on the FBI's involvement in the PRISM surveillance program-- and tries to fill in the black boxes through research and interviews. Interview subjects include Kade Crockford, an ACLU expert on privacy; an FBI agent portrayed by Heather Kapplow; and a tarot reading by the Center for Cognitive Chaos & Astral Physics Research. You can get yourself a copy here for $23 (plus shipping). (I know, I know... That's pricey. But it's handmade, and includes an envelope of full-color photos.)

In other news, I redesigned my website. It's now optimized for mobile devices, and has a lot of new content-- including sections on two groups I've been involved in that don't have much of a presence on the web: Getting By In Boston, and Space Equals Work. Both groups try to keep artists in our overpriced city, and address it in their own particular way.

the future!

October 21, 2015 was the day that Marty McFly visited the future in the second "Back to the future" movie.

How did Somerville residents' predictions compare with Spielberg's? Take a gander at my "History of Somerville, 2010-2100" to find out! The project ran from 2009 to 2011, and collected residents' thoughts on the future, as well as official government plans and statements from think tanks.

And don't forget to buy a copy of the book for that certain special someone-- they're only $12 (plus shipping).

intergalactic outer space! (aka Greater Boston)

Creative people in the Boston area face a number of issues-- many of which revolve around the city's enormous cost of living. Getting By In Boston (which is a forum I helped start in 2014 to air these concerns out) hosted a great event on Nov. 19th to discuss The Situation. The event was masterminded by mastermind Jason Pramas, and cosponsored by the Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism. They recorded it, and I hear the video will be online soon. If you want to learn more about Getting By In Boston, here's a recap I wrote about the group's first year for Pyragraph.

It's nice to see that the media is starting to write about these issues. Alexa Mills wrote this great piece in October about artists being priced out of Somerville; it appeared on the MIT Urban Planning department's website, and quoted me for some reason. And in November, the Boston Magazine ran this piece.

As land prices go through the stratosphere and many people find themselves being priced out, zoning becomes a potential savior, since zoning laws define how land can be used. The city of Somerville is currently changing its zoning laws, which means that the local government is redefining how the city's physical space can be used for the next foreseeable future. On Dec. 7, there will be a public meeting about how these new laws affect the small businesses and the creative community-- if you live in town, you should think about attending! This is an important opportunity for all artists and small businesses.
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