What is this?
A new concept: internet newsletter.
More specifically, an irregular cadence of irreverent writing.
Immersive and ethnographic-style stories and profiles from my travels through East and Southern Africa (and beyond)
Writing shared in the workshops I host in bookshops, schools, refugee shelters, informal settlements, and more
Journeys into my own heart (of darkness? sign up to find out)
Photos of wild animals having sex (maybe)
Cultural analysis and criticism, essays, short stories, and who knows what else, we’re going to find out together. I plan on trying a lot of new things on the page in the coming months and years, and I would like for you to read them
Who I am
Jasper. Thirty-something writer guy, disillusioned entrepreneur, living in Brooklyn with my dog, Dorothy. I also teach and host writing workshops, sometimes in unusual places, and showcase the most unique work that I come across.
What I write
For me, the stories worth writing are the ones that take surprising twists and turns, leading the reader and the writer to a place that neither expected to be.
How I write
For better and for worse, my instinct is to walk straight into the bear’s den. My inclination is to challenge my own beliefs, and I like to dare the reader to do the same.
I write through a blend of reporting, creative writing, and critical analysis. I read lots of books and try to absorb them into my own writing practice, often experimenting with different forms and styles. I’ve been studying Marxism and psychoanalytic theory for the past several years, and I find myself trying to reconcile what I see through these lenses. I have some exhibitionist tendencies, so I tend to weave my own life into the stories I tell. Above all, I try to write stuff that people like to read.
My most recent writing can be found here.