16 Blocks is an arts & culture magazine for Blacksburg, Virginia. The home page is at 16blocksmagazine.com, here's my page on their site.

I wrote for 16 Blocks from 2007 to 2009, on politics, art and music.
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“FIRST THEY CAME FOR THE SONIC…”
Issue 16, May 2009

"The editors present the following disturbing messages that were mysteriously received attached to the legs of pigeons..."
A cautionary tale on the excesses of sustainability.

Local Copy | article on 16 Blocks site

Obama Won, and It's All Your Fault!
Issue 12, November 2008

"Now that you lily-livered, weak-in-the-knees, tree-hugging, baby-killing, terrorist lovers have stolen the election, don’t say we didn’t warn you."

Local Copy | article on 16 Blocks site

Medical Workers, Religion, and Treatment
Issue 11, October 2008

Conscience laws: Can we look forward to radical feminist emergency room doctors who decline to treat pimps & pornographers?

Local Copy | article on the 16 Blocks site

Politics the Blathering
Issue 10, September 2008

"I am going to respond to George Clooney's antics with a "Sanctimony" card."
Makes almost as much sense as the real thing. Grab your 10 sided dice, let's dork out and play.

Local Copy | article on the 16 Blocks web site

Urban Scrawl: Graffiti on the Blocks
Issue 10, September 2008

Join our team of intrepid social anthropologists as they analyze graffiti discovered in the byways of a primitive culture...
Flash slide show on the 16 Blocks web site
Profile: Local Artist Pat West,
Issue 9, August 2008

Pat West is a painter, sculptor, gardener, builder, parent, and traveler based in Giles County, VA.
Local Copy | article on the 16 Blocks web site
Politics: Dirty Tricks 101
Issue 8, June-July 2008

Ever wonder what "push polling," "caging," or "ratfucking" entails? Wonder no more!
Local Copy | article on the 16 Blocks web site
Campaign Apocalypse!,
Issue 7, April 2008

OBAMA: "Being a zombie is not a choice. If some of my fellow Americans are compelled to devour brains, there should be a safety net in place to protect and sustain them."
local copy | article on the 16 Blocks web site
The Secret Origins of Deral Fenderson
Issue 6, March 2008

"So you think this mysterious "flu study" you did might be part of the source of your super-powers?"
Feature interview with local musician
local copy | article on the 16 Blocks web site

Favorite Political Authors in Review
Molly Ivins

Issue 6, March 2008

"I have been attacked by Rush Limbaugh on the air, an experience somewhat akin to being gummed by a newt. It doesn’t actually hurt, but it leaves you with slimy stuff on your ankle."

Hillary caricature

The Great Campaign
Hillary Clinton

Issue 5, February. 2008

"Some people don’t respect her 'sleep by the window to see which way the wind is blowing' policy of political expediency."
Heading into the Democratic presidential primary

Santa, please...
Issue 3, December 2007

It might not fit in a sack, but this is what I want 2008's music scene to bring me...


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