Keri Olsen

Keri Olsen has a Ph.D. in anthropology with a focus on South Asia. She lives in a rent-controlled apartment in San Francisco with her kids. Her son, Isaac, is a contributor to this issue.

Plywood and the Pandemic:  Street Art in San Francisco

What I like about street art are the stories it tells. They inform, educate, inspire, and uplift. They interject and connect. They render the invisible, visible, and make the ugly, apparent. They reinterpret, decenter and protest. They appeal to the unknowable. I’m not an artist, an art critic, or even a visual anthropologist, but reading …

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Fire. Fire and Water. Water

I remember waking up on my birthday to a dark red sky. Even though it was daylight, the world was cast in ombre. I thought, well, it’s finally here. Even though I first heard about climate change over thirty years earlier. Even though my colleagues and I endured three days of thick, grey, almost flaky …

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