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Wednesday
Oct042017

Level Up

I know other fiction writers can relate: You've got an experience/observation/detail from your own real life that demands to be worked into something you write someday. That was how my long-ago smoothie-making job was for me, and this is the (very) fictionalized result. Thanks to the West Texas Literary Review for publishing it.


Friday
Sep152017

Writing about young MICA grads

I really enjoyed getting to know the work of some in-demand young graduates of the Maryland Institute College of Art, better known as MICA. The article that resulted appears in Baltimore Style's September 2017 Arts Issue.

Friday
Jul282017

The Unexpected

As I said in my recent radio essay* on WYPR, Baltimore's NPR affiliate, creative ideas can take you to unexpected places. Watching them develop is part of the pleasure--and mystery--of any creative project. Even this mundane little video (shot a few mornings ago in my living room, in celebration of a heat wave's merciful end) went in a direction I didn't expect. I lifted my camera to film the billowing drapes. The surprise was the sucking-in at the end--and then the closing punctuation by a passing car. 

*The segment was part of the Maryland Humanities Council's great "Humanities Connection" series.

Friday
Feb242017

Images in Dialogue

Wandering my local drugstore in the week before Valentine's Day, I chanced upon this bear, draped languidly atop a display of heart-shaped chocolate boxes. The bear reminded me of something--but what? Finally, it came to me, floating up from a slide shown in a long-ago art history class, perhaps: Matisse's Odalisque à la culotte rouge. 

The bear loves you, you know. Just look: He wears his heart on his...chest.

Thursday
Jan052017

Plank Like No One's Watching

Over the past decade, watching nearly every one of my friends take up yoga, I started to feel like the odd person out. But then I happened upon Adriene Mishler's yoga videos, and things changed. Here's the article that resulted, from Baltimore Style magazine.