Knute Berger is Mossback , Crosscut's chief Northwest native. He also writes the monthly Gray Matters column for Seattle magazine and is an occasional guest on Weekday on KUOW-FM (). His newest book is Pugetopolis: A Mossback Takes On Growth Addicts, Weather Wimps, and the Myth of Seattle Nice , published by Sasquatch Books. In 2011, he was named Writer-in-Residence at the Space Needle and is author of Space Needle, The Spirit of Seattle (2012), the official 50th anniversary history of the tower. You can e-mail him at @ or follow him on twitter @KnuteBerger.