File Under Fun Friday

For fun. Because it’s Friday, and because when you’re a writer, you need to wander sometimes. Always something to think about at Brainpickings. Austin Kleon is “a writer who draws.” I’m late to the party on Electric Literature so I have to make up for lost time. FlakPhoto gives you something to look at. This video […]


The train is rolling into the station on our big passage writing project. As my co-conspirator partner-in-crime colleague cautions, it’s too soon to uncork the champagne. There is still work to do, of course, in the immortal words of the Isley Brothers. We have two other projects we’re working on, too, so one train arrives for the […]

How to Get Good at It (Whatever It Is)

Maybe this is evidence of brainwashing from my college years, but I hold fast to the belief that the road to happiness is to become really, really good at something. How pleasant if that thing is also something at which one can earn a living. Even if not–even if that thing is carving sculptures out […]

Poetry Poker

Another diversion during the week of festivities was a round or three of poetry poker. I believe the idea came from Kenneth Koch. Or so I was told. So you take a pack of cards, write words or phrases on them, and then deal 5 to each player. (We tend to be lax on rules, […]

Life Is Art

We are accustomed to understand art to be only what we hear and see in theaters, concerts, and exhibitions, together with buildings, statues, poems, novels. . . . But all this is but the smallest part of the art by which we communicate with each other in life. All human life is filled with works […]