On Writing: Telling a Story

On Writing: Telling a Story

What does it mean to tell a story? When I think of “telling a story,” I am thinking specifically of the act of verbal storytelling – perhaps around a fire with an audience of people who can leave at any moment. In this situation of verbal storytelling, it’s important...
Can Art Save a Life? (Rothko and Pollock)

Can Art Save a Life? (Rothko and Pollock)

re-published on Arts Advocacy Day – March 12-13, 2018 I read on Brainpickings recently that Mark Rothko, the marvelous abstract expressionist painter, said that when people “weep” when seeing his paintings they are having the same transcendent experience he had...
Ira Glass on Inspiration

Ira Glass on Inspiration

Published on the birthday of Ira Glass, March 3, 1959  Ira Glass is an inspiration to me. His work on “This American Life” is consistently entertaining, invigorating, intriguing and surprising. It’s a very creative show, constantly pushing the limits...