Boyce and I don't have any pictures together because basically our entire friendship plays out online. I had to get a little creative (sorry Jess).

Where Does Friendship Take Place in a Digital World?

My favorite interaction with Boyce Upholt, the guy who created land that I live with me, happened eight years ago at a movie theater in Connecticut. It was the summer after my freshman year of college, and I was with…

Peruvian speakers of Quechuan, a language used primarily in the Andes that incorporates ejective consonants. Photo courtesy of Flickr user Nyall & Maryanne

Does Geogaphy Change the Sounds We Make?

Boyce and I are catching up on our blogging after a little time away for other projects, and here’s a great study to file under “real life science that actually proves some of this fluffy theoretical stuff we babble about…

Which Way to Google?

Where are you right now? In your living room curled up on the couch, maybe, or killing time at work. Me, I’m typing on a Megabus that is crawling its way from New York to DC. We’re both on the…

Pals.

Dog City

My family’s dog is one of my best friends. Her name is Desi, and she lives with my parents in Connecticut. She falls asleep with her head in my lap when I rub her belly, fetches tennis balls to near-fatal…

Memory, Executions, Hoagies

Recently I’ve been having the odd but familiar experience of accidentally creating random associations with the objects I pass on runs. These associations form because I’ve been listening to podcasts on my nightly jogging commutes from work in downtown Manhattan…

New York Magic

I saw Boyce on Monday for the first time since well before we launched land that I live. He flew into the big city en route to his parents’ house in Connecticut, and stuck around for a few days to…

Image from the Museum of the City of New York's website (http://www.mcny.org/exhibitions/past/mannahatta-manhattan-a-natural-history-of-new-york-city.html), granted which was granted the image from the Wildlife Conservation Society.

Mannahatta, NY

The relationship between place and identity that we set out to explore on this website is a reciprocal one. We’re interested in not only how places affect us, but how we affect places. It’s easy to overlook that latter dynamic…

Son of a . . .

“It’ll be like the Swiss Family Robinson, but with more swearing. We’ll live like kings — damn hell ass kings!” – Bart Simpson Nothin’ like a good swear. We tend to keep things pretty clean here at land that I…

Street View

Street View

“In the days before I bought a bike in Boston,” Ben writes in this week’s feature, “I got around by subway, which led me to perceive the city less as a vast and interconnected web of streets, buildings, and people…

Elyria, Ohio

I was never a huge fan of scouting. I enjoyed the hikes, boy talk, and pyrotechnics, sure, but I crawled my way through my freshman year of high school in my troop with little sense of community or brotherhood —…