Profiles

Since 2002, I've profiled people with fascinating passions. Some of these people view their particular pursuits as means of changing the world.

That's particularly true of the visionary architects I started profiling in 2003. On building contains full-length profiles of architects Dan Liebermann, Eugene Tsui, Craig Henritzy, Hiro Morimoto, Kirk Peterson, David Trachtenberg, and David Wilson, as well as magazine columns about architects David Trachtenberg, Kava Massih, Bart Jones, Malcolm Wells, Donald MacDonald, Kirk Peterson, Kathryn McCamant, Charles Durrett, Kelly Lerner, and Nader Khalili.

The following profiles appeared in various sections of the San Francisco Chronicle, and the links will take you to the Chronicle website:

These profiles appeared in places other than the Chronicle:
  • A Cockeyed Valentine to Japan
    This Q&A with novelist Wendy Tokunaga appeared on the Chin Music Press blog on June 10, 2010. Among other things, Tokunaga and I discussed her Japan niche.
  • Novel Writing as a Balancing Act
    This Q&A with novelist Todd Shimoda appeared on the Chin Music Press blog on May 6, 2010. Shimoda and I discussed the creative process behind his novel Oh! A Mystery of Mono No Aware.
  • Novelist Todd Shimoda Discusses New Book and Japan
    This piece appeared in AsianWeek in October 2009. It's a different Q&A with Shimoda about Japanese culture and about his latest work, Oh! A Mystery of Mono No Aware.
  • Lawfully Wedded Limbo
    My feature story on marriage equality appeared in the October 2008 issue of the East Bay Monthly. I profiled three same-sex couples who had recently married, sometimes for the second or third time. The Monthly's website now has a digital edition that allows you to read the magazine online, turning pages as if you were reading the print edition. To access the digital edition, you might need to maneuver around your browser's preferences; mine blocks pop-up windows, so it initially blocked me from seeing the digital edition. Takes some getting used to, but working with the digital edition is also kind of fun. My article starts on page 15.
  • Healing the Wounds of War
    My profile of Women for Women International founder Zainab Salbi appeared in the debut issue of Organic Style. I can't seem to link to the actual page, but it's in the "Giving Back" section, and it's on p. 50. Go to "Contents" in the menu bar, and you'll get there quickly.
  • A Developer? In Berkeley?
    The East Bay Monthly ran this profile of controversial developer Patrick Kennedy and his controversial vision for downtown Berkeley.
  • The Eco-Mansion—Seeing the Green Light
    DesignBuild-Network published this profile of maverick Florida developer Frank McKinney and his construction of an environmentally friendly 14,000-square-foot mansion in Manalapan, Florida.
  • The Greater Goods: East Bay Companies Live by the Triple Bottom Line: Profits, the Planet and People
    This feature story about an inspiring new sector of the economy ran in the December 2006 edition of the East Bay Monthly. It includes profiles of the following: Rajen Thapa of Taste of the Himalayas, Betsy Thagard of Green Planet Properties, Clif Bar, Mike Hannigan of Give Something Back, and Priya Haji of World of Good.