Justin Allen

Justin Allen

Justin Allen is the Editorial and Design Director of Creosote Journal. His essays and short fiction have been published in magazines including Fiddleblack, The Sacramento News and Review, and The San Francisco Public Press. He works on a freelance basis doing design, coding and content for clients in the U.S. and Europe. He lives in Berlin.

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POSTS BY Justin Allen:
  • Vice Mexico Video Roundup

  • To see Vice at their best, you’ve got to see the coverage of Mexico they’ve been doing recently.

  • Hecho en Oaxaca

  • The epic Hecho en Oaxaca exhibit brought work from twelve street artists from around the world to Oaxaca.

  • Miguel’s Story

  • Miguel says he was imprisoned for several years in Mexico for a crime he didn’t commit.

  • Xochimilco

  • Since March I’ve lived in Xochimilco, Oaxaca – home to weavers, aqueducts, and stray dogs.

  • The Gargoyles of Mexico City

  • Doomed as they are to be condemned as blight, they should be captured now in as much detail as possible, so that the Mexico City of the future will know the ruins of its past.

  • Arthur’s Return

  • Arthur Magazine has returned to carry the banner for the American counterculture, this time as a broadsheet.

  • San Francisco Stories

  • The current SF Bay Guardian is devoted to a slice of literary life in San Francisco, and filled with small, intimate personal essays – a rare thing in any kind of newspaper.

  • The Mutant Metropolis

  • Mexico City. What can you say about 20 million people? Not much in general, but an awful lot in particular.

  • Time Travel for Introverts

  • In contrast to much science fiction, in Yu’s book, time isn’t fragile, it’s we who are fragile—time is malleable, self-healing, a river that splits apart and converges.

  • Oakland, Occupied

  • What I saw last Wednesday was people gathered together, a bit raucous, pissed off but happy to be in each others presence, encouraged by a show of resistance.

  • We Felt It: Litquake 2011

  • Like the 4.2 magnitude earthquake last week that jolted the Bay Area, Litquake 2011 came and went quickly this October, leaving us all with different impressions.

  • Dystopian Rainbows

  • Tyler Bewley paints landscapes mostly: colorful and whimsical dystopias depicting industrial excess, collapse, and reinvention.

  • The Scribe of Burning Man

  • Steven T. Jones (aka Scribe) takes a deep look into Burning Man’s history and inner workings in his book, The Tribes of Burning Man.

  • Automatic Writing

  • Watz’s work, like other contemporary computer-generated art, can be both harshly geometric and strangely organic. This result comes from working with a language that’s similar, in some ways, to nature itself.

  • Transgressions and Confessions

  • Stephen Elliott’s memoir, The Adderall Diaries, captures the mood of the Bay Area’s underbelly as he explores the false confessions of others—and his own compulsions.

  • A Black Panther’s Guide to Oakland

  • In a city—and a country—that still struggles with poverty, racial divisions, violence, and addiction, the story of the Black Panther Party urgently needs to be understood.

  • Los Angeles Drives Itself

  • Driverless cars are closer than you think, and nowhere are they going to have a bigger impact than in Los Angeles.

  • Finding Chinatown

  • A conversation with Bonnie Tsui, author of American Chinatown, on the changing dynamics of the urban neighborhoods she explored.

  • Serving the Movement

  • Design Action is a different kind of design studio: a worker-owned co-op, with grassroots organizations doing front-line social justice work as their client base.

  • Facebook and the Late Night Train

  • In the Bay Area, there’s an online clamor for late-night hours on BART, one that’s gained the attention of the media and BART leadership—but what will the results be?

  • Absent Lovers

  • Vendela Vida’s new novel, The Lovers, follows a Vermont widow’s trip to coastal Turkey, where she is haunted by her husband’s death, but also lifted into weightlessness by her new freedom to define herself.

  • Reading the Tenderloin

  • The Tenderloin Reading Series celebrated its two-year anniversary with the release of a new literary journal.

  • Bolinas Ridge

  • Bolinas Ridge, up above the bohemian coastal town, has panoramic views, open roads, and lots of cattle.

  • Saloon Stories

  • Photographer Scott Palmer shares stories about the denizens of his favorite bar, whose portraits are documented in his new book, Saloonatics.

  • “We’re Not the Problem”

  • Union members and others sympathetic to the cause of organized labor gathered in San Francisco to show their solidarity with workers in Wisconsin.

  • Urban Lions

  • Last year, a mountain lion was encountered, then killed, on the streets of Berkeley. Why was it there?