A series of 4 Illustrations for the column called Outbursts, center on topics like privacy, fracking and corporatization. I was thrilled to flex my brain muscles on subjects that are different than the typical work I do.
The novelist and the liar
Amitava Kumar on truth and lies in fiction: “I was laughing, but I was also nervous. I hadn’t calculated the fallout from my revelations. I didn’t want to. The truth is that I had decided I was going to write honestly about Patna and its inhabitants. I wasn’t going to hold back.”
The Fracking of America
Alec MacGillis on fracking in America: “Put those two strands together—the breakdown of community and the breakdown of government—and Amity and Prosperity is nothing less than a story of the collapse of the public commonweal in our time.”
A Crime and a Pastime
The paranoid style of American skateboarding
Hanson O’Haver on the world of professional skateboarding: “For those who fail to make a name for themselves in this illusory world of merit, careers can be vanishingly short. Injury inevitably couples with age; footage gets harder to come by; sponsors disappear. As the checks dwindle, skaters are forced, as the saying goes, to find a real job.”