News, etc.

Penguin Books will publish my first book, On Being Awesome: A Unified Theory of How Not to Suck. Available September 19th and you can pre-order it now. Follow @onbeingawesome on Instagram and Twitter for updates! 

I had a good talk with Courtney Balestier at the WMFA podcast about On Being Awesome, public philosophy, the academic job market, and what I'm working on now.

Aeon Magazine published my article on Awesomeness and Suckiness.

Recent Public Talks: Columbia Law School and Brooklyn Public Philosophers. In October 2014 I spoke on a panel at the Columbia Law School about legal issues concerning unsanctioned art in the public sphere. Here's a nice little write-up.

In September 2014 I had the pleasure of speaking at Ian Olasov's series, Brooklyn Public Philosophers. Here's an article by journalist Asa Merritt. An excerpt:

"A philosophy student at the CUNY Graduate Center, Olasov says he started BKPP to, “change the perception of philosophy as something totally removed from everyday life,” and if last month’s meeting was any indicator, the Ditmas Park resident is succeeding. That night a mix of writers, artists and activists gathered to listen to a young professor named Nick Riggle kick off the BKPP’s second season with a discussion of street art.

"During his 40-minute lecture, Riggle surveyed artists like Invader, Mark Jenkins, and stikman, and used their work (displayed in a PowerPoint presentation) as a springboard for introducing philosophical issues: the definition of “street,” the connection between artwork and the space artwork uses...

"After the event, Drew Valens, an actor in his thirties, said, “I was skeptical because I thought it would inevitably be esoteric, as philosophy can’t help but being, but I actually found myself thoroughly engaged, and inspired to learn more.”

Check out my interview with ABC's The Philosophers' Zone: Awesome Ethics and the Art of Mushroom Blading

Kerry Shaw at Gilded Birds interviewed me about the philosophy of style.

McSweeney's Internet Tendency published my little take on Internet culture: "A Typical Reading of a Well-Meaning Person's Thoughtful Article on the Internet".

Conference on the Philosophy of Street Art: Art in & of the Street. Our street art conference was a huge success! Hrag Vartanian at Hyperallergic interviewed me by way of reporting on the event.

On What Matters, On What Matters

Bike racks matter! I'm the creator of On What Matters, on What Matters—a collection of images of Derek Parfit's On What Matters on top of things that matter. Anyone can contribute, so add your own!

Melbourne Art Fair


I gave a public lecture on street art at the Melbourne Art Fair in Australia. 

Somewhat recent inconclusive evidence that I can still skate.