This site has been in the making for a while—and like many things one has to preface with a statement like that, this isn't quite how I intended for it to turn out. At first, This City of Islands was going to showcase my photography, attempts at fiction, and longer essays. There was to be no real attempt at "keeping up" with the world of music, sports, politics, and so on, and while that may indeed end up becoming the case (we'll see what kind of stamina I can manifest), I am going to try to give this site a proper go.
A little bit of a slow start (though the second Presidential Debate is coming up, ...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead are releasing an album next week (streaming over on Spin's site), not to mention the 49ers-Seahawks matchup this Thursday), but here are my initial offerings:
My review of Godspeed You! Black Emperor's Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend! and a piece on Ray Lewis' season ending, perhaps career ending, injury, "The End of an Era?"