- May 20, 2013
My name is Aaron Gilbreath. I’m an essayist and journalist based in Portland, Oregon, and I’m in the middle of a Kickstarter campaign for my current book project, Crowded: Portrait of Life on a Teeming Planet. I just raised $3,000 to do the initial reporting necessary for my book proposal, and with a few days left in the Kickstarter, I thought I’d tell people about the book and how I’ve stretched the fund-raising effort to extend my reporting trip.
Crowded is narrative nonfiction about the profound yet overlooked ways dense communal living has shaped human affairs, including everything from our moods to our businesses to interior design. Crowding isn’t just an environmental and urban design issue. It’s a social, psychological and moral issue. With over half the world population now living in cities, “The Future,” as novelist Don DeLillo said, “belongs to crowds.” I plan to portray what that fu