Rives is a writer from Los Angeles by way of New York City and the open road. He likes what most people like: wordplay, romance, motorcycles and the National Register of Historic Places. Rives has five talks on TED.com and is the co-host of the annual TEDActive conference in Palm Springs. He is a James Michelin Distinguished Visitor to the Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences. He is very pleased to be back hosting TEDxCaltech.