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 […]
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
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 […]
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
Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It is a way of understanding it.
— Lloyd Alexander, American YA and children’s fantasy novelist
I’ll give you the whole secret to short story writing.
Here it is. Rule 1: Write stories that please yourself.
There is no Rule 2.
— William Sydney Porter (aka O. Henry), American short story writer, speaking of the storytelling genre he mastered like no other
After much hemming and hawing about whether or not I’d be able to fit the show into my schedule (and wallet), I finally ventured across the Hudson to take in a singular performance of Trainspotting Live in NYC at the Roy Arias Stages – 777 […]
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
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: I have a confession to make. Even though I live a mere 22 minute train ride away from New York City, I don’t get to explore it as much as or as often as I’d like. That’s why when I get […]