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robert-earle's picture
Dec.10.2013
Eudora Welty used to talk about literally cutting manuscripts into pieces and rearranging the sentences and paragraphs to suit her.  The end result, as in The Optimist’s Daughter, generally was close to perfection. In synthesis, The Optimist’s Daughter tells the tale of Laurel returning to...
barbara-froman's picture
Mar.26.2013
Unlike prose, which is immediately accessible to anyone who can read, music is immediately accessible only to those with specialized skills: performers. They are the ones who read, interpret, and realize it, bring the symbols to life for an audience. But in order for performers to do that,...
ashen-venema's picture
Jan.05.2013
  The Mind’s Eye – writings on Photography and Photographers, by Henri Cartier-Bresson, is a lovely book I received for Christmas from a dear friend. I was reminded how H C B inspired my photographic work with its poetry and Golden Mean, and still inspires other creative areas,...
michael-lipsey's picture
Nov.23.2011
  This is about my process. I begin with several journals in which I try to capture every possible idea or observation that could become an epigram, essay or a chapter in a book. These are unrelated sketches that I might delete, post, or expand. Or they might become the germ of something...
cheryl-l-snell's picture
Feb.01.2011
My ninety year old mother broke her hip last spring. She is a modest woman, but one day she wanted to show me her scar. Why would she do that? And how could I describe it? How much history should I include - for instance, should I let the reader know she has Alzheimer's? I decided to open...
cheryl-l-snell's picture
Aug.30.2010
I was sitting on the bench by the lake on a sunny day, watching a clump of tiger lilies dip and bend toward the water. They look thirsty, I thought. Just then, a young man on a jog stopped, took off his shoes and stepped into the water. He cupped some of the lake in his hands and cooled himself...
dale-estey's picture
Mar.08.2010
Kafka's writings become an inspiration for a classical music composer. Kafkaesque enough, made more so when the fact Kafka himself was tone deaf is taken into consideration. "Yet another solo work was by Lisa Bielawa, who wrote a solo piece for Carla Kihlstadt that requires her to sing and...
maria-finn's picture
Feb.01.2010
 Dean Olsher is the author of “From Square One: A Meditation, with Digressions, on Crosswords” (Scribner, June 2009), Olsher knows how words and emotions intersect into puzzles for the mind and the heart. He spent much of the last thirty years in public radio reporting on the arts and culture for...