thoughts

February 14, 2019

People who are born to make things--to make photographs or essays or paintings--are faced too often with the choice between earning money and creating art.  It's a painful choice, too, because the art often demands to be made and the refusal of that demand can leave yo...

October 22, 2018

One of my Awake readers recently wrote to me: "I have a writer trapped inside of me." 

If you feel like this too, I think it's time to set that writer free.

In the train from Paris to Troyes back in July, I was listening to an episode of the podcast Write Now with Sarah...

September 11, 2018

I woke up after midnight, when John was just coming in from his celestial observations. “It’s today,” I told him, muffled by sleep.  “It’s Literary Sojourn.”

After that, I was like a kid on Christmas, wide awake until two o’clock, wondering what magic awaited...

July 4, 2018

Nearly every presenter said with enthusiasm, “I’m so grateful to present this to people who already know what I’m talking about!”  It was a shared sentiment; we’ve all been talking about this in isolation for years: in Idaho and Pennsylvania and Paris and England, yet...

May 22, 2018

Bronson Alcott notoriously didn't translate well onto the page.  In life, he was lauded as charming, a conversationalist that could hold his audience rapt for long lectures, but his books were slow and poorly-received.  His sparkle never made its way into his pen.  His...

December 30, 2017

 Wyeths in the Farnsworth Art Museum

Memoirists, of course, spend a lot of time thinking about the past--so it's perhaps no wonder that the end of the year is an especially important time in my little world, a time for sifting through all the material of the past year a...

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