How to slow time
& find delight
as age persists

An ongoing experiment in digital publishing 
by Nathan Heleine

Now They Hear Nothing 
a weekly photofiction serial 

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You are not past your prime. No, that’s not the case at all.
Think of this instead as a new chapter just beginning.

Excerpt from Now They Hear Nothing Issue No. 1 – Ways to Encourage a Leaf

Luca was looking for something but he couldn’t quite say what it was. Here’s what he had figured out so far: he was looking for something that would make him feel better. When forced to describe the something he was looking for, that’s about as far as he could get.

Excerpt from Now They Hear Nothing Issue No. 2 – The Place

After many heartfelt attempts to define my interests concisely on the internet, I now accept the fact that specialization and brevity just aren’t my forté.

I invest my time in photography, writing, games, politics, documentary filmmaking, music (especially traditions that emphasize improvisation – jazz, bluegrass, hip-hop, etc.), design, visual arts, digital publishing, slow content, and strategic consulting for progressive organizations.

I’m keenly interested in climate change and adaptation, American gun violence, various social reform pockets and movements, most presidential politics and some local politics (note: trying to flip this balance), recripocral effects of the emergent ‘creative class’ which I both benefit from and loathe, our increasingly fragmented notions of what constitutes ‘home’ in western civilization, the triangle offense and the strong-side box defense in their respective heydays, the wild ups and downs of our ever-evolving relationship with technology, and the spirit of the adjacent possible.

My projects tend to revolve around some or none of these interests, and I recently learned to aggressively avoid the latter.

I once had the pleasure of meeting Michael J. Fox who told me to “keep going until they take the crayons away.” I love what this says about staying young in mind and spirit while making the most of our productive days throughout each new phase of life. If I have a central aim beyond supporting the people I love and tilting our collective human dignity needle ever so slightly in the right direction, then I guess that’s it.

I’m currently between projects and exploring possibilities.

Interested in working together?

Still with me? Here’s a bit more on what brought me here.

I was born in Normal, Illinois in August of 1981. I landed my first job a few years later running the cash register in my parents’ ice cream shop in Nashville, Tennessee. I studied jazz & contemporary media as a saxophonist & composer at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY from 1999 - 2004 and then moved to Brooklyn, New York, which I’ve called home ever since.

In 2004, I co-founded Crush & Lovely, an independent creative studio, and worked almost every day for 12 years on its growth and development. The studio is now stronger than ever and has outgrown my day to day involvement.

My wife and teammate is Dearbhla Keegan, and it has felt for some time as though we are at the beginning of an adventure.

Congratulations. You just touched bottom at the deep end of the pool.