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Hey, what's new, Tim?

Why, thank you for asking! Here are a few things I've been up to lately.

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June 22, 2016


And here's Free the Future Press's first book: "What are you raising them for? Tim Devin tells you all about 70s hippie parenting."

Tim looks at parenting ideas found in 1970s hippie publications -- and compares them with what grown-up hippie writers have to say about their youth. Topics include alternative schools, food, and gender roles, among many others.

The book also profiles a few of Tim's favorite hippie magazines, like "Communities Magazine," "Synergy," and "Kaliflower."

64 pages. 17 illustrations. 5.5" wide x 8.5" high. $6.00 + $1.50 shipping. Buy it here.

June 18, 2016


Here's an oldie from the file: "Security cameras are the new gargoyles & vice versa."

Now you can purchase a copy of my 2012 photo zine on this important topic here. Only $3.00 + shipping!

May 20, 2016


Great news! The petition to remove my book from the Somerville Public Library has been withdrawn! Still no word on who wanted it removed or why.

For those interested, the library's has a policy for challenged materials, which invokes ALA's Library Bill of Rights and specifically states "Challenged materials that meet the criteria for selection in the materials selection policy of the library should not be removed under any legal or extra-legal pressure."

I'd really like to thank the SPL folks for collecting the book in the first place, and for standing by that decision. Love living in this town!

Here's the catalog record for the book, if you're in the library with some time to spare. Or you can get yourself a copy here.

May 20, 2016


Someone formally requested the Somerville Public Library to remove its copies of my book, "Buying and selling other people's homes." No word on the reasons for it. The library has only had the books for about 4 weeks. This is the first formal request in recent memory, SPL tells me.
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April 21, 2016


I've got some zines in a show at the Distillery Gallery. The show is being put together by the very cool Dave Ortega, and runs from April 25 to May 28. The gallery is at 516 East 2nd Street, South Boston.

April 20, 2016


On Monday, April 25th, I'll be giving a talk as part of the Cambridge Historical Society's new History Cafe series. The series invites residents to come to different bars across town and discuss issues facing the city. This one will cover gentrification (fun!) and will take place at the Hong Kong at 1238 Mass Ave. in Harvard Square, from 630pm to 8pm. The other speaker is the very amazing Japonica Brown-Saracino, who is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Boston University. Come talk with us!

April 19, 2016


My new Spring newsletter is out in world, visiting spam folders from here to Gardena. Enjoy?

March 31, 2016


Curious about how the local real estate world works? I was too, so I did some digging, and wrote a pamphlet about what I found.

It's called "Buying & selling other people's homes." It looks at how the local real estate business works, by focusing on the doings of two large-scale property people. It pulls data from public databases about their business dealings (purchases, holdings, mortgages, condo-izations), and shows how their careers have fit in with changes in the city in the last 20 years.

It's $4.50 + $1.25 shipping. You can order a copy here.

Feb. 10, 2016


Today, the Brookline Public Library announced its new artist-in-residence program, which was masterminded by Andi Sutton, Colin Wilkins, and Bonnie Bastien. I'm proud to say that I'm on the advisory committee.

Jan. 29, 2016


Last night, I hosted an open community meeting at the Somerville Public Library that focused on sharing. Over 30 people showed up, and shared their ideas on how we as a community could share resoures. Here are the minutes. More soon!

Jan. 7, 2016


I stepped down as a board member for the very excellent Somerville Arts Council today. I'd been on the board for 5 years, and served as the chair for the last 3. Twas a wonderful experience.

Jan. 6, 2016


On Thursday, Jan. 28, I'll be hosting a community sharing brainstorming session at the Somerville Public Library main branch at 7pm. We'll discuss ways that people can share things like expenses, household items, and real estate-- and hopefully come up with some steps forward.

Jan. 2, 2016


Chris Berthelsen interviewed for his Small Workshop series. We talked about affordability, being a parent while trying to be an artist, and what happens to a community when the daily grind forces people to stop making art. There will be a related event on Jan. 24 at the Mairangi Arts Center in New Zealand, if you're in the neighborhood.

What did we talk about? I thought you'd never ask! You can listed to the full conversation here or download a pamphlet Chris made here.

Nov. 29, 2015


And here's my new newsletter, chock full of newsy goodness.

Nov. 19, 2015


Tonight! Join the Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism & Getting by in Boston to discuss the tough economics of being an artist in MA & how we can change it.

Oct. 21, 2015


Today's the day that Marty McFly visited the future in the 2nd "Back to the future" movie.

How did Somerville residents' predictions compare with Spielberg's? Take a gander at my "History of Somerville, 2010-2100" to find out!

Oct. 12, 2015


Welcome my new website!

It's got an entirely new design, and is responsive to mobile devices. It also has some new content. Enjoy?

Sept. 28, 2015


Alexa Mills wrote a great piece on artists getting priced out of Somerville for MIT's Urban Planning department's website. It includes a quote or two from yours truly. Take a look here.

Aug. 31, 2015


And... the book version my new project, "behind the black boxes," is out!

Get your copy today!

Aug. 21, 2015


Pyragraph republished an article I wrote about Getting By In Boston's first year. Thanks for helping spread the word, Pyragraph!

Aug. 10, 2015


Here's a sneak peek at my new project, "behind the black boxes."

The project looks at the heavily-redacted 2012 report on the FBI's involvement in the PRISM surveillance program-- and tries to fill in the black boxes through research and interviews. Interview subjects include an ACLU expert on privacy; an FBI agent protrayed by Heather Kapplow; and a tarot reading by the Center for Cognitive Chaos & Astral Physics Research.

Full project coming soonish...

July 27, 2015


Here's my new newsletter. Full of info on recent events I helped organize, articles I've written, and other things I've been involved in-- and a teaser about a new project I'm about to release. Enjoy!

July 15, 2015


I got a copy of Nicholas Ganz's new book, "Street Messages," today. The book presents street art that involves text, and includes work by Banksy, Jenny Holzer, Candy Chang, Billboard Liberation Front... and me! Pretty crazy. Get yourself a copy here!

June 9, 2015


Getting by in Boston had its first birthday last week. GBIB is a loose network of creative people, concerned about how to get by in our expensive city. Here's an article I wrote about it how it started; what issues people have been discussing; what groups have formed out of it; and what the outcomes have been.

June 1, 2015


Here's an article I wrote about our second "how to be an artist and a parent?" discussion event that took place this past Saturday.