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ashen-venema's picture
Every child is truly switched on to the imagination. But frequently the environment belittles the imagination, and the gift can end up suppressed under the blanket of rationality. People with a strong creative drive may settle down to live in a straitjacket, and then find themselves overwhelmed by...
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The Delineator, a thick magazine full of fashion plates, made its money selling patterns.  The Grecian Effect: Hmm. Classical Beauty. There was hardly any advertising in the magazine, just many heavy-duty articles about social issues. Theodore Dreiser, the author of Sister Carrie, would soon...
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Forgetfulness by Ward Just opens with a masterful first chapter in which the female protagonist, Florette, hurts her ankle on a French mountainside and is briefly helped by fugitive Islamic terrorists before, in an act of cruel expediency, they decide to slit her throat and leave her dead in the...
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I recognize and understand spirituality more easily in the context of traditional religious rituals or the quasi-solitary contemplation of Nature or fine art, as opposed to more secular pratices such as yoga (as exercise) and tea ceremony which I view mainly as an aesthetic experience. So when a...
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American Galaxy is my upcoming new book:  http://uwachuku.googlepages.com/americangalaxy  
amanda-mctigue's picture
  "A book is a network." Great phrase. Evocative. From new-publishing guru Todd Sattersten. I picked it up at a mind-widening webinar he hosted last week viaO'Reilly TOC. (I highly recommend him and them to authors, publishers and marketers.) So: book as network. Let's mess around with...
cindy-sullivan's picture
Lately I have been pondering impermanence and mortality. Those who know me would understand why. They would also know that I like taking photographs, capturing and saving moments in time. These pictures would tell their own story, if anyone cared to listen. Sometimes I am the cinematographer,...
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AN ARGUMENT FOR HYPERREALIST POETRY Hyperrealism is a term mainly used to describe a movement in the visual arts that arose around the turn of the millennium. Artist like Ron Muech create works that reproduce the illusion of reality right down to every single pubic hair. They often strive to...
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"Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen."      --Leonardo da Vinci   There's nothing surprising in the observation that literary artists and visual artists often combine their talents to create works which, when joined...
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No artist tolerates reality. Nietzsche said this. This is how I see the world. This = how. David Shields' Reality Hunger, a compendium of numbered quotes from writers, philosophers, artists and other thinkers, is utterly inspiring. I'm driven by a compulsion towards beauty. I hunger to hurl myself...