James is a writer and artist whose work examines the role of ritual and faith in these days of distraction. His first book, The Road to Somewhere: An American Memoir (W. W. Norton), documents fifty-thousand miles through America, and his work has been exhibited in the Rubin Museum of Art, the Annenberg Space for Photography, and the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum. He frequently collaborates with Candy Chang on installations that introduce new rituals into public space. He is an assistant professor at the New School.