✳︎Axoplasm is Paul Souders

A partial selfie of Paul Souders and his wife taken in front of the Olympic mountains

I am the principal and sole employee of SCRUBJAY. I live in Portland, Oregon with my family. I wish I could ride my bike over this hill every single day. In my younger days I practiced archaeology and wrote terrible short fiction. I have collected a few of my favorite essays. “Axoplasm” is a real word. My pronouns are he/him/his.


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Recent entries in my web-log

Cover photo-illustration from SLACKER (1991) with Pap Smear Pusher in red duotone & psychedelic rays shooting out her head


Withdrawal in disgust is not the same as apathy

View up Brynwood road in west Portland, looking uphill. A “yellow lion” is painted on the foreground. Road sign reads “Steep narrow road. No through trucks. Cars going uphill have right-of-way”

The perfect climb

Riding a bike up a hill is like eating spicy food, an acquired taste and one that aficionados take seriously