David Brewster

David Brewster, a founding member of Post Alley, has a long career in publishing, having founded Seattle Weekly, Sasquatch Books, and Crosscut.com. His civic ventures have been Town Hall Seattle and FolioSeattle.

Remembering Victor Navasky, Editor of The Nation

Victor Navsky had the idea of invading the West Coast, and so we began some ultimately fruitless and vague talks about combining forces.

A New Champion for “The Place Where Dreams go to Die”

Marshall Foster, who has a handsome list of accomplishments in big projects (he's the city's planning director and supervises the Waterfront Park), has just been named the interim director of Seattle Center. 

A New Book Turns Seattle History Upside Down

One of the strengths of Asaka's book is the way it writes "history from below," digging up information about ordinary, struggling, marginalized people who don't make the newspapers or merit biographies.

2023: Dawning of The Age of Seattle Austerity

Seattle's economy is full of young, highly educated, and disruptive people, but the political leadership is showing its age.

London Plane Glides to a Close and a Piece of Pioneer Square Dies

The odds against these warm places out of the rain are now very long. A city that can't keep places safe from hostile intruders. Super-heated real estate prices. Staffing shortages.

Lisa Herbold Stands Down, but the Battle to Control City Council Goes on

Politically, Seattle is deeply divided these days, which makes nothing certain or easy to predict, except the prospect of further political warfare.

Academy for Chamber Music Makes Thrilling Debut

"The new program is one more indication of how arts groups locally are busy reinventing themselves post-pandemic."

Emerson String Quartet: Goodbye to Seattle

The Emerson exemplified the edgy, American/Juilliard/Manhattan style of playing classical music.

Lessons from St. Louis: How to Make the Arts Part of Civic Life

Making some of Seattle arts free, thus improving access for young people and those of limited income, would be a worthy imported idea to both help the arts (struggling post-pandemic) and to broaden audiences. And to help with the downtown revival.

Revenge of the Normies?

We're stuck. It's more like the revenge of the normal than the rescue by the normies.