Twelve years ago, Gary's life unfolded in such a way that he wound up becoming a writer. Before that, he spent a decade in college, resulting in two pieces of paper: a B.A. in Music and an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies—a combo of music theory, new media and creative writing. At San Jose State University (SJSU), he studied with Allen Strange, Joel Slayton and Rudy Rucker.
During those years, he explored every creative discipline he could find: Music, dance, theater, UNIX hacking and extreme noise/free improv/sound/performance art/Dada/psychogenic instrumentalism.
He also worked and traveled for The International Computer Music Association, which was then based at SJSU. All of those activities collectively imploded at the end of 1999, so he rose from the ashes, gradually realizing that a natural way to utilize the zonked bouillabaisse of his life-experiences would be to write about it all. In short, writing/journalism chose Gary, not the other way around.
To date, Gary has contributed to numerous trade and consumer magazines, including IEEE Computer Graphics & Applications, Islands, Sunset, Meetings Focus, inflight publications and more, but his primary command post is at Metro, San Jose’s alternative weekly newspaper. While no longer on fulltime staff, he continues to pen the widely-read Silicon Alleys column, one native’s offbeat glimpse into the frontiers of the human condition in San Jose and Silicon Valley.
His art and life tend to occupy the interstices. He operates between the cracks—creatively, geographically and even psychically. He is a sucker for anything that fogs the opposites of native and exotic, luxury and the gutter, object and subject, academe and the street.
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