The Farm City Vision: A Long-Range Social Ecological Plan for the Town of Putnam, CT (On the Falls’ Premises Part 3; w/ maps)

I wrote “The Farm City Vision” as the third part of the final practicum project toward my master’s degree. This portion evaluates Putnam’s current Plan of Conservation and Development through a social ecological lens. It ends in a piece of speculative fiction that protracts the town’s history (see: Parts 1 & 2) to the year 2055, when perhaps the town will find itself firmly on the path to sustainability. The narrative accompanies original cultural landscape maps drawn by yours truly (ArcGIS Pro), including a 2055 speculative town layout. I am proud of my work, but I post the project here as a draft with the caveat that it deserved more research, a more intensive review process, and at least two more revisions.

On the Falls’ Premises: The Social Ecology of a New England Mill Town (Parts 1 & 2; w/maps)

I wrote “On the Falls’ Premises” for my final practicum course project toward the completion of my master’s degree. Parts 1 & 2 tell the history of Putnam, Connecticut through a social ecological lens. The narrative accompanies original cultural landscape maps drawn by yours truly (ArcGIS Pro). I am proud of my work, but I post the project here as a draft with the caveat that it deserved more research, a more intensive review process, and at least two more revisions.

INTERVIEW: THE DEAD DEADS’ ‘DAISY DEAD’ RESURRECTS THE HISTORY OF HER JAW-DROPPING BAND AHEAD OF ‘TELL YOUR GIRLS IT’S ALRIGHT’

Published June 25, 2021 in Atwood Magazine

From the second we met, Daisy Dead surprised me. Entering our webcam meeting, her eyes were X-ed in makeup the way cartoonists portray a dead character — the trademark style her band and their legion of fans, the “Deadcorps”, have worn for nearly a decade of shows and public appearances. Daisy and I laughed upon realizing that this may have been the first time the X’s had been worn exclusively for print.

Full article: https://atwoodmagazine.com/tddi-the-dead-deads-interview-2021-tell-your-girls-its-alright-feature/

INTERVIEW: CHARLES ON TV FLOATS WILD METAPHORS ON NEW SINGLE “GOLDEN ALLIGATOR”

Published June 16, 2021 in Atwood Magazine.


It started as an aimless chant, drain the swamp, and ended with the swamp boiling over.

Unable to look away, Charles On TV broke out his synthesizer and composed the scratch track for “Golden Alligator.” The single and its music video (released May 13 and 14, respectively) bristle with intrigue while grooving along to sounds from the sixties. Charles sings with a voice that is vintage-smooth. He enlivens the song’s retro sonic palette with splashes of modern production. Deep lyrical metaphors soften the song’s political bite, seducing listeners into the uncomfortable gape between truth and lies.

Full article: https://atwoodmagazine.com/cotvga-charles-on-tv-golden-alligator-interview-2021/

(Re)Plant the Suburbs: An Arcadian Alternative to Abolition (w/maps)

Originally published on Medium, May 24, 2021

A solid sheet of sunbaked concrete stretches from Portland, Maine, to Washington, D.C., to further points in all directions. US Interstate 95’s endless offshoots — the suburbs and exurbs that make the Northeast Urban Corridor — keep the sun from reaching the soils that have, for centuries, sustained the region’s uprise of wealth and consequent intake of mass populations.

Full article: https://findethanjames.medium.com/re-plant-the-suburbs-an-arcadian-alternative-to-abolition-w-maps-7d363e7591be