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Blind love for tech burned us on Election Day

As my father often reminded me, things will certainly get worse before they get better. But better will in fact come, even in the case…

Tech-soaked Seattle needs its artists

Seattle, a city of engineers going back a century to the founding of Boeing, seems in overdrive, growing big bright shiny buildings to house ever more tech services,…

Artists search for space from Seattle to Mumbai

The issue of living and work space for artists in Seattle isn’t going away soon, though the artists themselves might very well.  As a Seattle-based…

What will it take to clean up a poisoned river?

This is the second of a two-part series about color, chemistry, and how global commerce and weak federal regulations have led to the poisoning of…

Dangerous colors and the poisoning of the Spokane River

In March, U.S. District Court Judge Barbara Rothstein ordered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Washington State Department of Ecology to set limits on the…

Revive Seattle’s creative spirit by inciting cultural trouble

Knute Berger’s recent piece in Crosscut about Seattle and creativity raised several good questions, most importantly at the article’s conclusion, when he asks rhetorically whether…

For universal Pre-K, the devil is in the details

[caption id="attachment_84001" align="alignright" width="225"] Marcy Whitebook, Director and Senior Researcher at the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment (CSCCE) at University of California,…

How Empress Josephine’s roses launched an artist’s journey

Editor's note: This is part of an occasional series about the artistic process. For the 1990 In Public art installation, which celebrated the opening of…

Dreaming of Swimming: The artistic process takes on Parisian pollution

Editor's note: This is the second installment in an occasional series about the artistic process. For the past two years, the Conseil General of Seine…

An American in Paris

I’m to be in Paris for a couple months on an artist residency, and Crosscut asked to come along. l'll be writing about what I’m…

Hanging at the Frye: Iconic Pacific artists & their Chinese muses

Expansive and insightful in its construction, the Frye Art Museum's current exhibits explore the working and cultural relationship of four artists: American sculptor Isamu Noguchi…

Bleeding Edge

Thomas Pynchon’s new novel “Bleeding Edge,” set in New York City between the 2000 tech crash and 9/11, gives us a rich surface of language,…

Evolution Lost: The trouble with curating public art

Buster Simpson//Surveyor at the Frye Art Museum through October 13, is a sprawling, compelling and ambitious exhibition. This retrospective is the first for Buster Simpson,…

Why Seattle needs a new urban environmentalism

Nearly all talk of the environment in and around Seattle is about the mountains and the sound, rivers and hiking trails. Yet most of us…

If it ain’t broke, don’t tear it down and build condos

Having just returned from working away from Seattle, it feels good to be back. One of the pleasures of extended stays abroad is experiencing our home…