This is Waves, a newsletter about memory, archiving, and history in our present. You'll find essays, stories, curations, and photographs.

Gaston Bachelard wrote:

It makes sense from our standpoint of a philosophy of literature and poetry to say that we “write a room,” “read a room,” or “read a house.” Thus, very quickly, at the very first word… the reader who is “reading a room” leaves off reading and starts to think of someplace in his own past. You would like to tell everything about your room. You would like to interest the reader in yourself, whereas you have unlocked a door to daydreaming… the reader has ceased to read your room: he sees his own again. He is already far off… (Bachelard, The Poetics of Space)

I hope my musings and images about history, culture, memory, archiving, and related matters will interest you but send you “far off” to your own places, photographs, films, writings, and larger historical moments. Feel free to share these in your comments.

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A historian, writer, and photographer, I was born in Dearborn, Michigan and spent my childhood in suburban Detroit. I am the author of Dreaming Suburbia: Detroit and the Production of Postwar Space and Culture (Wayne State University Press) and Ford Road (University of Michigan Press).

Trained in photography and in history, my studies took place in France, Massachusetts, and England. I have worked as a mental health advocate, a literacy campaigner, and a lecturer in Cultural History, with teaching posts at Leeds University, Leiden University in the Netherlands, and Goldsmiths College, University of London.

I now live in Devon, UK, where I work as a freelance writer (of fiction and nonfiction). I have written for the Detroit News, Salon, Bright Lights Film JournalBelt MagazineEclectica MagazineGreat Lakes ReviewStreetlight Magazine, Cobalt Review, and the London Financial Times ‘Urban Ingenuity’ series. I have also blogged for the Huffington Post UK.

Other projects concern the relations between place and memory, history and memory, and the uses of private and public photographs in memory writing.