Author Archives: Jami Attenberg

Jeffrey Docherty

  On Jeffrey Docherty’s desk, there’s a marked-up copy of the science and culture magazine Seed, where he works as art director. He flips through a recent issue, pointing out a handful of practically imperceptible design errors he has tracked for future reference, until he lands on the cover story about science’s relationship to...

The Girls’ Guide to Writing and Publishing

— At an engagement party in Seattle last year, I found myself contemplating the hostess’s bookshelf: a collection of pink covers adorned with high heels, shopping bags, and tall slender women on the go, their cellphones firmly in grasp. Just as I realized that the bookshelf was a monument to chick lit—the girls’-club books...

Radical Traditionalists

In Hollywood, you’re nobody unless your job description is a multi-hyphenate. A mere actor’s got nothing on an actor-writer-producer-director-swimsuit model. So it’s no surprise that Los Angeles artists use the same strategies. It’s not enough to be a painter; you must have your own brand of shoes. Being a photographer is great, but what...

Interview with Joe Sacco

  Print: Why is now a good time to release the expanded version of Palestine? Sacco: In some ways, it’s a sad commentary that a book like this, set during the First Intifada more than 15 years ago, still has some relevance. Unfortunately, the Palestinian issue is not going away any time soon, and...

Ian Allen

  When Ian Allen learned that the storied Bethlehem steel mill in eastern Pennsylvania was going to be turned into a 126-acre casino and entertainment complex, he couldn’t resist making the trip. Allen, a low-key Seattle native who has traveled the world in search of good stories, sneaked in with his friend Jeremy Blakeslee...

R. Kikuo Johnson

  Consider the case of R. Kikuo Johnson and Night Fisher. When he was a landscape-painting RISD undergraduate, Johnson spent three years working on his debut graphic novel, a tale of growing up in Hawaii and contending with prep school, crystal meth, and an enormous, unwieldy lawn. It’s an inky, thick-brush-stroked, meditative work that...

Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith can’t talk about design without touching on collaboration and community. “Nothing we do can happen in a vacuum,” says Smith of his design process. “There always needs to be a writer, there always needs to be a client, there always needs to be a colla-borator. . . . We have to bring...