The first two projects on tap are self-published books that collect earlier work:
- When You’ve Nothing Left to Burn, Set Yourself on Fire, a photographic chronicle of varsity intercollegiate athletes at practice. Practice is what athletes mostly do; they spend far more time on the practice field than in actual competition, for the most part. I spent nine months documenting the practices of 23 Johns Hopkins University teams—football, cross country, volleyball, basketball, lacrosse, soccer, and more. When You’ve Nothing Left to Burn will collect the best, plus an essay. Should be completed in the first half of 2019.
- Profilia: Collected Encounters With Interesting People, an anthology of profiles written over the past 35 years. Meet a thoroughbred trainer, an indie rocker, a novelist, a humorist, a fencing coach, a psychiatrist, a deaf boxer, and a sign painter. Also scheduled for completion next year. (Profilia is a working title. I need something better.)
Both with be self-published, probably by Blurb, which will make them expensive. But both will also come out as ebooks, which will not be expensive at all. Watch this space.
Beyond that, a slew of projects are vying for my attention, including protoessays on urban feral cats, the literature of walking, the problem with obedience, a farm-to-table network and the chef at its center, and radical cartography. Plus, possibly, an unconventional writing manual that springs from advice from Jack Kerouac. And something that might be big, currently codenamed Codelegger. Plus a lot of pictures.
Should keep me busy.