The Drive To Create (2018/03/02 08:00)
In re Jarmusch's 'Paterson'.
I Am A Rock, I Am An Island (2018/02/24 08:00)
People aren't flowers, of the hothouse variety or otherwise, and neither are artists.
My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys, But Sometimes They Just Turn Out To Be Cattle Rustlers (2018/01/20 05:00)
We need to have more nuanced ways of taking what matters for us from a given creator and from their works.
Ruined Forever (2018/01/19 05:00)
No critic can ever "ruin" a work you like, unless you don't know what their job really is.
If You Can't Please Yourself ... (2018/01/19 08:00)
Works don't exist just to please audiences. But authors also don't exist just to please themselves.
The 'I' In Experiment (2017/11/21 07:00)
All art is experimental. Let's not shy away from that.
If You Really Cared About This ... (2017/10/16 08:00)
Why the morality-play view of personal responsibility is bogus.
Other-Upsmanship, Continued (2017/10/14 01:00)
More on why "I could do that, too" is an impulse to grow past.
I Just Can't Help Myself (2017/10/12 07:00)
"Good films are made, because the person behind the camera had to make them."
The Justice League Project(ion) (2017/10/09 07:00)
If my theories about the movie prove wrong, I can make hay from them. I've done it before.
Xanax For The Anxiety Of Influence (2017/10/07 01:00)
No Masters Here (2017/09/16 05:00)
There is no such thing as "mastery" of one's art, just improvement in whatever form is possible.
Fridge Logic (2017/08/29 07:00)
Don't turn a project wiki into a fridge full of leftovers.
It's Always Better When It Doesn't Exist (2017/08/20 01:00)
Why you can't perfect something that was never created to begin with.
I'm Just Here For The Beer Dept. (2017/07/02 08:00)
On when not everyone who shows up for your work is showing up for your work.
Pretty Things Dept. (2017/07/01 08:00)
Go make something beautiful and humane. Everything else is just commentary.
Shall We Put A Label On That? Dept. (2017/06/25 08:00)
Given my interest in Zen, am I writing "Buddhist fiction"? I'm dubious.
Fail Better Dept. (2017/05/25 08:00)
The trick to learning from failure is to not make it into a morality play.
Favored Creation Status Dept. (2017/04/22 08:00)
" ... his goal was making someone’s favorite movie of the year." Whoever that someone might be.
Unblock Me Please Dept. (2017/04/16 08:00)
The real story about writers' block, or lack of same.
Say Yes To Me Dept. (2017/04/07 08:00)
On the urge to find validation for one's work.
Henry Sez Dept. (2017/04/02 08:00)
Creative advice from a former Black Flagger.
Third Division Dept. (2017/03/24 08:00)
On Robert Fripp's three divisions of creativity. (And how I fit in one of them.)
Self Esteemed Dept. (2017/02/28 08:00)
Take yourself seriously even when no one else does.
Call And Response Dept. (2017/02/05 02:00)
On making things in reaction to the existence of other things.
Science fiction, rebooted.
New York City
Other Lives Of The Mind