Rachel Nagelberg rode Amtrak cross-country from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to San Francisco four months ago in order to experience the distance and speed of traveling. Although based on a real event, Image Wasteland is entirely fictional. Rachel currently lives in San Francisco where she is working on a novel for her M.F.A. at The University of San Francisco. She also feels the need to give a shout out to Paul Virilio, who inspired much of the philosophy behind this piece.