Object Lessons is a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things. Grave (2023) takes a ground-level view of how burial sites have transformed over time and how they continue to change. As a cemetery tour guide, I have spent more time walking among tombstones than most. Even for me, the grave has largely been invisible, an out of the way and unobtrusive marker of death. However, graves turn out to be not always so subtle, reverent, or permanent.
Great Trees of New York Map
I edited and authored the Great Trees of New York Map (2021) for Blue Crow Media. The fold-out publication features 50 of the oldest, rarest, strangest, and most historic trees across New York City’s five boroughs. Original photographs by Colin Montgomery join my descriptions and essay.
Press: Hyperallergic, We Heart, Untapped Cities
Concrete New York Map
I edited and authored the 2017 Concrete New York Map for Blue Crow Media. It features 50 sites of concrete architecture in New York City, dating from the 1870s to the present. Photographs by Jason Woods illustrate the printed map.
New York Times, Fast Company,The Architect’s Newspaper, Telegraph, Architectural Digest, Curbed, ArchDaily, Untapped Cities
Art Deco New York Map
I edited and authored the 2018 Art Deco New York Map for Blue Crow Media. It features 50 sites of Art Deco architecture in New York City, from icons like the Chrysler Building to abandoned structures on an off-limits island. Photographs by Jason Woods illustrate the printed map.
Press: ArchDaily, We Heart, Curbed, Untapped Cities
The Cemetery Language of Flowers Zine
The Cemetery Language of Flowers zine is a 28-page publication on the floral symbolism you are likely to find on tombstones, from snapped roses to lilies.
Some New York City Epitaphs Zine
Some New York City Epitaphs is a compact collection of the messages left on the tombstones of the famous, ordinary, and unknown of New York City.
Cemetery Symbols Zine
Created with illustrator Bronwyn Hazelwood, the Cemetery Symbols zine features 20 pages of some of the most common gravestone symbols.
Cooking with the Dead zine
This illustrated zine compiles—and tries out!—recipes left on tombstones around the world. It was a collaboration with illustrator Bronwyn Hazelwood and writer Claire Voon.
Press: New York Times, Tasting Table, Reforma
Book & Catalogue Essays
Below are some of my essay contributions to books, exhibition catalogues, and other publications.
Wildflowers of New York City
I contributed an introductory essay to Wildflowers of New York City, a photography book by Andrew Garn that was published by Cornell University Press in 2021. It explores over 2,000 wildflowers that flourish around the five boroughs.
Midwest Architecture Journeys
I contributed an essay on architect Bruce Goff and his fantastic futuristic architecture to Midwest Architecture Journeys, out October 2019 from Belt Publishing. The book explores the architecture of the Midwest United States through essays by architects, critics, and journalists.
The Public Domain Review: Selected Essays, Vol. VII
My essay on the 19th-century photographs taken by Félix Nadar in the Paris catacombs is included in The Public Domain Review: Selected Essays, Vol. VII. The 2020 book features 12 essays along with over 100 illustrations.
Vestiges & Verse
I contributed an essay on the enigmatic artist James Edward Deeds, Jr. for the catalogue for Vestiges & Verse: Notes from the Newfangled Epic (January 21, 2018–May 27, 2018) at the American Folk Art Museum in New York. The exhibition featured 21 self-taught artists who worked with narrative.
The Public Domain Review: Selected Essays, Vol. VI
My essay on early New Orleans carnival art is included in The Public Domain Review: Selected Essays, Vol. VI. This fall 2019 release from the Public Domain Review features art and writing on curious history ranging from dancing plagues to medieval toys.
The Mystical Drawings of George M. Silsbee
I wrote an essay on the extraordinary charts by 19th-century Masonic artist George M. Silsbee for their first public exhibition in 2021 in Explanatory Marks Ricco/Maresca in Chelsea.