Category Archives: Seattle

Round Table Discussion on Urbanist Trends for the 2020s













Robert Stark is joined with San Francisco based architect, Adam Mayer, and Oregon based urbanist commentator, D E C A Y, to discuss urbanist trends that we can expect to see as a result of the pandemic and economic transformation this year.


Whether the outdoor dining trend is permanent
The Retail apocalypse, with a decline in small businesses and foot traffic
The remote work exodus and The Rise of Work-From-Home Towns
How the urban exodus could be beneficial for the creative class
Interior Urbanism as a reaction to urban decay
Why we will see less skyscrapers and mega projects in the 2020s
The new suburbanism: learning from past mistakes by Retrofitting Suburbia
Ski Lodge urbanism: rustic charm with urban amenities
The Missing Middle trend
The need for pragmatic zoning reform, political polarization of the issue, and why YIMBYs sometimes push too far
Dead malls being re-purposed(ex. Horton Plaza)
Why Every City Feels the Same Now: Glass-and-steel monoliths replaced local architecture
Whether we’ll see a shift away from 2010s minimalism towards a regional kitsch aesthetic(ex. Rustic Industrial)
Building fire resilient communities
Whether mass transit will remain viable and Kamala Harris’ husband’s involvement in a NIMBY lawsuit to stop the subway under Beverly Hills
Conclusion that we will see a population and economic shift to 2nd tier cities but not the total demise of cities
Adam’s upcoming blog on missing middle infill

Click Here to download!

Checkout Robert Stark’s Facebook pageTwitterInstagram, and Stark Truth TV

Robert Stark interviews Author James Nulick

















Robert Stark and Cartrell Payne talk to Seattle based author James Nulick about his new book Haunted Girlfriend, a collection of short stories. James is also the author of Valencia and Distemper. OUT Magazine called him “a mashup of Nabokov and Larry Clark.”


James’ interest in collecting rare and vintage books
The theme of disorientation in Haunted Girlfriend
The centerpiece, “Body by Drake” set in a dystopian future
The trends of corporate control, mass automation, alienation, and despair
Plans to expand “Body by Drake” into a full length novel
The story Delonte Lost, a first person narrative of mental illness
Why James never reads fiction while writing
Changes in James’ writing style and subject matter
James’ novel Valencia about a man who contracts HIV and decides to live it up
Why Distemper is the one novel James would take back

Click Here to download!

This show is brought to you by Robert Stark’s Paintings, Stark Truth TV, and his novel Journey to Vapor Island

Robert Stark interviews DECAY about Politics & Urbanism

Check out Decay’s blog, his writings for Brandon Adamson’s, and Twitter profile.


The Orientation of D E C A Y’s Political Views
DECAY’s outlook on human dynamics can be described as “right-wing”, but without stereotypical “right-wing” stances, such as laissez-faire free-market economics or moral traditionalism
DECAY’s left Wing stances on environmental and public health regulations, worker and consumer protections, and a social safety net
Meta Politics
The Bearer of “Trad” News
A post American perspective
Futurism and technological progress
Predicting Future Trends
Independent City States
Where Should One Live?
Urban neighborhoods, Sreetcar Suburbs, Retrofitted Suburbs, Small Towns, College Towns, and the reemergence of the village model, where people live in close proximity to where they work, shop and recreate
Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area and thoughts on the region’s cities, suburbs, and wilderness
The need for a balance between urbanism and wilderness
Retro Futurism and an affinity for 80’s Synthwave

This show is brought to you by Robert Stark’s Paintings and his novel Journey to Vapor Island

Transcript of interview:

Continue reading Robert Stark interviews DECAY about Politics & Urbanism

Robert Stark talks about the Film The Crush Starring Alicia Silverstone







Robert Stark, co-host Pilleater, Charles Lincoln, Actor Count Isidor Fosco, and aspiring Director Craig Langley Jr. discuss the film The Crush.


The plot of the Film; Journalist Nick Elliot rents a guest house from a wealthy family, where their daughter, Adrian(Alicia Silverstone), becomes obsessed with him
Whether Adrian is in love with Nick or just playing a psychotic game with him
How despite her psychosis, Adrian has a sweet feminine charm that is lacking in many female roles today
The films portrayal of a dark side of female sexuality
The Films Fatal AttractionBasic InstinctGone Girl, and Ex Machina
How the film portrays an old school WASP culture that is non existent today
Nick’s restrained Anglo-Saxon persona
The father Cliff Forrester threatening Nick
The most chilling scenes in the film
The erotic thriller genre, and how that genre peaked in the 90’s,
Entrapment and False Rape Accusations
The Crush as a tragic love  story
The Crush as a reverse Lolita
Nudity in film; the use of a body double in the Crush; Fatal Attraction, Last Tango in ParisBrooke Shields in Pretty Baby, The Wolf of Wall StreetAlexis Dziena in Broken Flowers
The early 90’s Grunge aesthetic of the film, and 80′ influences; Vaporwave
The setting of the film in Seattle, filmed in Vancouver, Canada
Amber Benson as Adrian’s friend Cheyenne
Alicia Silverstone as the ideal of beauty; Sarah Michelle Geller in Cruel Intentions, Mena Suvari, Taylor Swift, Halston Sage, and Kazakh Volleyball player Sabina Altynbekova
Alicia Silverstone’s Interview on John Stewart’s Show in 1994
How Alicia Silverstone’s character is the inspiration for the romantic interest in Robert’s upcoming novel
Fifty Shades of Grey, and Charles’ personal connection
Our upcoming show on Clueless

Click Here to download!
Check out Robert Stark’s Paintings!

Robert Stark interviews Comic Writer Woody Arnold














Robert Stark and co-host Pilleater interview comic writer Woody Arnold. Woody’s current project is the online cyberpunk comic, Cybersymbiosis. He also operates Minature Dragon Comics and has written Countermay: War of the God King, The Gamers: Alterations, and The Thunderfrogs.


Woody’s background in comics, Transformers, Battletech, Space Battleship Yamato, Captain Harlock
RPG Games, Traveller, The Cyberpunk genre, William Gibson, Blade Runner, Johnny Mnemonic, Shadowrun
Akira, Ghost in the Shell, X-men
Eric Vargas, Woody’s comic artist.
Woody’s latest and ongoing cyberpunk comic, Cyber-Symbiosis. The city of Seattle
The architect of cyberpunk cities, underground malls, cyberpunk socio-economics
China vs. Japan ruling the world, Eastern influences in Cyberpunk, Vaporwave, 80’s tech, Mars colonization
Utopian vs. Dystopians societies, Internet cultures, unpredictable futures, progressive technology, storytelling with cyberpunk
The characters in Cyber-Symbiosis, Games and storytelling, influences
Woody’s comic The Thunderfrogs, Usagi Yojimbo, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Archie’s Sonic The Hedgehog
Video games, upcoming movies
Retrowave music, film soundtracks, ABBA
Thunderfrog Studios, Miniature Dragons
Hamlet’s Hit points, Fighting Fantasy gamebooks
Woody’s interested in Heroclix and Mage Knight figures

Click Here to download!
Check out Robert Stark’s Paintings!