A Medium for Many Movements

Anyone with a social media account is familiar by now with the ways in which the medium has risen to meet the moment. Social media blackouts, links to petitions, and companies pulling advertising are just a few ways that platforms have shifted to support Black Lives Matter. Our feeds, usually an assemblage of different profiles, …

Meanders Among Monoliths

One of my favorite parts about my new neighborhood is going on night walks through Empire State Plaza. For those of you not familiar with Albany, Empire State Plaza is a modernist-era complex of brutalist office buildings adjacent the New York State Capitol. It consists of a long central promenade with large reflecting pools fringed …

Breathing Space

As a geographer, I am constantly noticing patterns in the world around me. The sprawl of lichen across rocks, the weaving of water through valleys, the unfurling of greenery in the springtime: all of these things fascinate me to no end. My ability to observe these patterns, however, depends on the preexistence of bodily patterns. …

External Control

One of my favorite things about kayaking is the chance it provides to watch the patterns on the surface of the water. After pulling the paddle out from beneath the surface, streams of water sometimes drip off the end, colliding with the surface of the lake or river. These droplets leave behind ripples which expand …

One in a Google

I’ve always been fascinated by old maps. As I look at these sepia illustrations of barely-explored continents, cartoonish mountain ranges, and antiquarian fonts, I try to imagine how people back then viewed them. Did they see these impressionistic sketches as literal representations of the planet? They seem to differ so much from our maps today …