Nick Cave’s art is a deeply hopeful gesture that reclaims the forgotten value in discarded objects—and, by extension, points to the forgotten parts of ourselves.
This is a shorter, revised version of my piece from in|DECISIVE|form, a collection by some of my CalArts Aesthetics & Politics colleagues. Watch the recorded presentation below (about 14 min.) or head over to Medium to read the text version (which Medium says should take you 7 min. — the mouth is half as fast as the eyes). As… Continue reading BEGIN BY DEGREE
We're at a cultural moment struggling to find our way out of false dilemmas: action-reaction, domination-submission, high-low, either-or ... they're all two faces of the same coin. What's the third thing? What's the next-order idea? The "and" that changes the conversation completely? In art, look to Robert Williams' "Rubberneck Manifesto," a profoundly honest perspective that… Continue reading YOUR LIBIDO WILL DO THE LOOKING
I went to sleep last night remembering Janice Porter and woke thinking of Incantations of My House, a book of poetry by Janet Rothbart that Janice illustrated. I found it in the fifth of my many boxes of stored books, while mourning doves low-talked in my yard. True. That book one of the few things… Continue reading WAKING WITH INCANTATIONS
The odd way news travels today ... a task to update a broken link to Janice's website turned into the discovery that, nearly a year ago, she died. Breast cancer. She's gone. And — as I look around my house — not gone. Strange how she has been and is with me every day, her… Continue reading REMEMBERING THE ? OF JANICE PORTER
Over the last two years, my screenwriting learning curve has been steep and rocky. But my time at Writer’s Boot Camp in Santa Monica, finished in April, was the beginning of a new way to tell old stories. This e-book-lette is an appreciation of my fellow writers and, in particular, Jason Graham, who taught us…… Continue reading POWER THROUGH THE MISERY