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 at Caltech hosting the second TEDxCaltech and the very first TEDxYouth@Caltech.