I HAVE A LONG HISTORY, which isn't entirely a good thing. The good part: lots of great memories and much less cluelessness. The bad part: I probably won't be around in twenty years.

I WAS AT UC BERKELEY during the Free Speech movement and a student at its Graduate School of Journalism during the school’s heady first two years. After that I freelanced for national magazines at a time when you could do that and make a living (see two of my stories in the Articles link on my Homepage.) I also edited magazines and wrote an adventure travel book that people say they can't put down even though they know I make it out alive. (You can order it on Amazon.)

I TOOK UP PHOTOGRAPHY when I had to give up writing due to repetitive stress in my hands and I realized learning to think visually would give me a reason to keep on exploring. When I'm out with my camera I look for treasure and usually find it in places most people don't go — places where people have time to talk, laugh and philosophize so I can immerse myself in their worlds. I have no answer to why I’m not afraid of “bad neighborhoods” except for my streak of contrariness. And ever since I was a kid I’ve insisted those of us who are overlooked and despised deserve to be seen and heard.

FINAL THOUGHT: I  always thought of myself as a story-teller rather than an artist, but here I am with a portfolio. Learning to think visually has been its own reward..


 
 Photo by Reed Cooper

Photo by Reed Cooper

MY BOOK: "Shooting the Boh: A Woman's Voyage Down the Wildest River in Borneo."
MY MAGAZINE FEATURE STORIES: Published in the New York Times Magazine, the Village Voice, New West, Playboy, Ms., Redbook, Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Harper’s Bazaar, California, and more local newspapers and magazines.
MY EDITORIAL JOBS: Managing editor of The Los Angeles Weekly; Northern California editor of California Magazine; editor of The Berkeley Monthly; and interimeditor of San Francisco Magazine.