I know the title of this post sounds pretentious, but watch out, because in a few seconds, it’s going to sound presumptuous and offensive too. Here’s why: Although it’s not a new phenomenon, there’s been an outbreak in recent years of this disease I like […]
The real aim of art is not to create beautiful objects. It’s a method of reflection,
a means of understanding the universe and finding one’s place in it.
— Paul Auster, American novelist, screenwriter and director
Why This Is Awesome: With one of the most important elections in my country only one week away (although I think we should consider all elections equally important), I’m reminded of this great shot I captured this past July in downtown Newark. That statuesque building […]
Don’t forget — no one else sees the world the way you do, so no one else can tell the stories that you have to tell.
— Charles de Lint, Dutch-Canadian contemporary fantasy writer, poet, and musician
Why This Is Awesome: You may not have noticed, but I’ve been a bit under the radar lately here on my blog. That’s because for the past 2 weeks, and continuing through the end of the month, I’ve been attempting a major balancing act between […]
Many people hear voices when no one is there. Some of them are called mad
and are shut up on rooms where they stare at the walls all day.
Others are called writers and they do pretty much the same thing.
— Meg Chittenden, American mystery and children’s book […]
Why This Is Awesome: On my way to return (and check out) some books at the Newark library branch downtown, I walked through the nearby Washington Park to return to my car. It was there that I saw this fascinating image painted (?) on a […]
About a year ago, I attended a local community meeting here in Newark for citizens concerned about the changing face of the city. You see, Brick City, after 50 years of neglect, economic disenfranchisement, and disproportionate criticism fueled by racism, xenophobia and class discrimination, is […]
Without this playing with fantasy, no creative work has ever yet come to birth.
The debt we owe to the play of imagination is incalculable.
— Carl Jung, Swiss psychologist and psychoanalyst
You’ve seen it. I’ve seen it. The soon-to-be-born will see it shortly after they take their first breath. You know … the mantra, the hashtag, the popular adage: Representation matters.
It’s a topic that is popular in its exclamation, but rarely parsed to discuss what it […]