great writers

Steal This Quote: Cyril Connolly

By |March 29th, 2020|

Better to write for yourself and have no public than to write for the public and have no self.
— Cyril Connolly, British writer, critic and editor of literary magazine Horizon

Blogging In The Time Of Corona

By |March 16th, 2020|

Blogging in the time of Corona seems a bit absurd, does it not? Well, add that to the reality that this week will mark my 43rd trip around the sun, and the world comes across as even more borderline surreal to me. I guess it’s […]

Steal This Quote: Toni Cade Bambara

By |March 1st, 2020|

The role of the artist is to make the revolution irresistible.
— Toni Cade Bambara, American author, activist, and documentary filmmaker

Don’t Be That Guy: Dana Schwartz Tackles Literary Hubris With Humor & NFG

By |February 17th, 2020|

We’re a month-and-a-half into the new year, and I’ve been busy as ever. Not so busy as to not partake in the arts and culture scene that I adore. Just too busy to sit behind a computer and tell you all about it. With that […]

Steal This Quote: Mark Twain

By |January 27th, 2020|

Anybody can have ideas — the difficulty is to express them without
squandering a quire of paper on an idea that ought to be reduced to one glittering paragraph.
— Mark Twain, American author, humorist, publisher and lecturer*
 
* H/T: To Iris Smyles for introducing me to this […]

Steal This Quote: Albert Camus Redux

By |December 29th, 2019|

Through the years, what I have always found at the heart of my sensibility is the refusal to disappear from this world,
from its joys, its pleasures, its sufferings, and this refusal has made an artist of me.
— Albert Camus, Algerian-born French author, philosopher and activist

4 Ways The Arts Can Help You Cope With End-Of-Year Stress

By |December 1st, 2019|

December is a busy time for many of us, regardless of our personal or spiritual beliefs. Around the world, people are planning to take time off, taking time off, working long hours in preparation to take time off, or juggling a little more than usual […]

Steal This Quote: Kurt Vonnegut Redux

By |August 4th, 2019|

To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it.
— Kurt Vonnegut, American author, artist and activist

Lotus Moment: Inside The Blue Bar

By |July 15th, 2019|

Why This Is Awesome: As you might recall, I mentioned in a previous post how this year marks the 100th anniversary of the formation of The Algonquin Round Table in New York. Well, I never thought I could afford to eat at the famed hotel […]

Steal This Quote: Langston Hughes

By |June 2nd, 2019|

Perhaps the mission of an artist is to interpret beauty to people — the beauty within themselves.
— Langston Hughes, American poet, novelist, and civil rights activist