I have worked for over three decades to make information accessible, and to explore the interaction of words, art, audiences and virtual and actual public spaces, connecting what’s distant with the here and now.


M.A. in Moving Image Archive Studies, UCLA, 2011

B.A. in Classics, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, 1984


Open Bar: A Diary of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s 2018–2019 Centennial SeasonLos Angeles Review of Books, September 28, 2019

The Numinous Has Many Shapes and Ways: On SITI and Aaron Poochigian’s “Bacchae”, Los Angeles Review of Books, January 6, 2019

Mapping No-Man’s Land: On Thomas Dilworth’s “David Jones: Engraver, Soldier, Painter, Poet”, Los Angeles Review of Books, February 8, 2018

Notes of Actuality: A New Anthology Documenting the Films of Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet, Los Angeles Review of Books, April 7, 2017

When People Wanted Civilisation: Reassessing Kenneth Clark, Los Angeles Review of Books, January 11, 2016

The Dunce Gets a Doorstop: A Life of Jean Cocteau, Los Angeles Review of Books, October 17, 2016

 Michelangelo’s Marble Blog: epigraphic walls as pictures and samples of language. In Adele Scafuro and John Bodel, Brill Studies in Greek and Roman Epigraphy, 2014

Guerrillas, Architects & Cable TV: SCI-Arc’s videos in context. In Todd Gannon, Confederacy of Heretics, 2013

Learning from the SCI-Arc Media Archive, International Federation of Library Associations, 2013

Some Recent Place Compilation Movies. Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, September 2012

Talking at the Movies. Cabinet, #46, Summer 2012

Blog Posts


    Co-manager with Reza Monahan, SCI-Arc Media Archive project, 2009-present

    SCI-Arc, Manager, Kappe Library, 1987 to present

    The Mike Kelley Foundation, Consultant with Reza Monahan on media preservation and access, for the creation of an archive, January-June 2014, and October-November 2018

    School of Architecture, University of Limerick, Library consultant for the architecture collection, 2005-6

    SCI-Arc, Accreditation Liaison Officer, 2002-8

    Verso Press, Copy editor, October 1993 to 2000, part-time



    American Library Association

    Art Libraries Society of North America

    Association of Architecture School Librarians

    Association of Moving Image Archivists

    Visual Resources Association

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