Literary Ethnography

A blog about writing, creating, and representing culture

The social media time suck…

If someone could bundle and return to me all of the time I have wasted on social media for the last six months, would it be enough for me to bash out the first draft of the book that I should have been writing?  

Ethnographic Fiction: The Space Between

(Source: crafting-ethnography)

“To be nobody but myself — in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else — means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight, and never stop fighting.”

—   E.E. Cummings, (1894-1962)


Kristiana journeys to the 2014 Frankfurt Book Fair to experience virtual reality and cosplay. Tributes to Danisnotonfire and AmazingPhil.

Original music composed by Hayden Sartoris (

My daughter started a video blog about her time in Germany.  Here she is reporting from the Frankfurt Book Fair.  Please check it out if you have the time.

I am so proud of her!

Hemingway’s grave in Ketchum, Idaho.  Pennies and booze.
Photo by Nathan Brown.

The Antiquarian section of the Frankfurt Book Fair.  They had illuminated manuscripts from the Middle Ages for sale, as well as these original letters from Thomas Mann and Strauss. If only I had a couple of thousand euro to spare….

“[Scholars] are increasingly using ethnographic methods to investigate numerous social issues, including homelessness, gentrification, policing, migration, street vendors, activism, poverty and youth subcultures, among others. In a rapidly globalising world, with exacerbated inequalities between rich and poor, ethnography is ideally suited for unravelling the politics of survival at the micro scale as situated within larger socio-economic processes.”

—   Kevin Ward - Researching the City (2014)

(Source: sociology-of-space)

“You become writer by writing. It is a yoga.”

—   R.K. Narayan, novelist (1906-2001) 

“I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library.”

—   Jorge Luis Borges, (1899-1986) 

Frankfurt Book Fair - Book Fair 2014

On my way to the Frankfurt Book Fair!