Writer, philosopher, designer, and Deviant, Ash Hoden’s work is a chronicle of international endeavors. Now based in New York, the 38-year-old can be found telling tales at The Moth when he’s not freelancing for Deviation: Positively going astray, a podcast and web journal described as “a unique community and collection of stories centered around those acts that make us human…” (Chiang Mai City Life) During a hiatus from urban design he resided in Berlin to conduct 18 months of intense research for a planned third book called Represent. He then decamped to Southeast Asia where, over the course of seven months, he created the Deviation philosophy and wrote his second book manuscript — a Deviation-themed ditty known as Myanmar ’n’ Me: Deviant Without a Cause in a (Former) Police State. Previously he was stationed in Qatar for three years while serving as a foreign correspondent for a California-based design studio. His first was a rowdy multimedia ebook called The Idiot of Funkyville: Becoming an Everywhere Citizen. In the third grade he was severely punished for refusing to color within the lines, but that’s how it goes when you’re deviant by nature.