Nathaniel Salzman

Chicago area designer, writer, maker and journalist.


January 13, 2010

NS Review: 2009 MINI Cooper S Clubman

Last week I accidentally slid my ’06 Cooper S into a curb in the falling snow. It managed to mangle the rim, but thankfully there was no damage beyond the rim and hub. What it did mean was an insurance claim, some time in the shop and another spin on the loaner car merry-go-round. You – Read More –

December 7, 2009

NS Recommends: Absinthe & Flamethrowers

I can’t remember just how I came across William Gurstelle’s Absinthe & Flamethrowers: Projects and Ruminations on the Art of Living Dangerously, but I’m extremely glad that I did. Although it includes outlandish projects such as making your own gun powder and rocket fuel, Absinth‘s 195 pages stray from Gurstelle’s previous project-centric books such as – Read More –

October 14, 2009

NS long-term review: 2006 MINI Cooper S

My car turned 50,000 miles this week. With one thing or another needing modest attention, my MINI Cooper S is starting to show its age. Nothing bad, just little things like brake pads and a handful of scratches in the paint. It’s still a snarling, eager little tank of a thing and I’m still absolutely – Read More –

September 21, 2009

NS Recommends: Jonathan Coulton

It’s been a while since I did a recommendation. Not because I’m lacking in fabulous things that I’d like the world to embrace, but because I’ve been otherwise busy. However, about a month ago I was introduced to the music of Jonathan Coulton and I’m not the same. Music recommendations are always really tricky because

December 4, 2008

NS first drive: 2008 Scion xB

The small car segment in America is in quite a state of flux right now. Used to be that compact cars were as unequipped as they were unsafe. The concept of a premium or even a luxury small car in America was completely foreign. More accurately, it was european. But in the last few years, – Read More –

November 26, 2008

NS first ride: ’08 Vespa Grantourismo 200L

This is hardly timely, but I wanted to capture my thoughts on riding my Vespa GT-200 for the first time. It’s a strange thing how for a lot of scooters and motorcycles, the first time you ride it isn’t unitl after you buy it. I get it. Motorbikes require a minimum amount of riding experience – Read More –