Nathaniel Salzman

Chicago area designer, writer, maker and journalist.


November 5, 2012

NS Recommends: Cloud Atlas

I don’t get out to see as many movies as I used to. I’m busier, and frankly Chicago audiences are, more often than not, really obnoxious to sit with. That said, last week I braved the possibility of a shitty crowd and went to see Cloud Atlas with The Mrs. I was not disappointed. While – Read More –

August 10, 2012

Thank You, David Rackoff

I’ve just learned that David Rackoff died today.. His decades long struggle with cancer finally got the better of him. I’m deeply saddened to hear of his passing. His was a dark, wonderful wit. When I think back to my first exposure to him — his Fraud essay entitled “In New England, everyone calls you – Read More –

October 19, 2011

NS Recommends: Red State

Chances are, you haven’t heard of Kevin Smith’s penultimate film Red State, which was released on DVD, Netflix, etc. yesterday. That, assuming you’ve even heard of Kevin Smith. Best known for what are affectionately known as the “Jay & Bob” movies, Smith got his start shooting the now iconic Clerks on a lark, for less – Read More –

August 3, 2011

NS Recommends: Misfits

If you’re wholly intolerant to science fiction, adult situations, or raw language, then Misfits is not for you. The show could most readily be described as a fantastic hybridization of the BBC show Skins* and NBC’s strong-starting but fizzle-finishing Heroes. Six young people of an indeterminate age are assigned to the same community service detail – 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 27, 2009

NS Recommends: Shop Class as Soulcraft

“A lot of people are widely read. Not me. I’m thinly read.” — Eddie Izzard My wife rolls her eyes at me when I say this, but it’s a perfect description of my reading habits. I love literature, but I have never really been a reader. I love audiobooks and tear through many over the – 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

January 30, 2009

NS recommends: Dexter

With so many choices of channel and programming, it’s easy to feel like great television is getting harder and harder to find. I don’t think that’s really the case. Instead, I think that the gap between really awful television and truly spectacular television has actually widened. TV has been a wasteland of shlock for most – Read More –

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