great writers

An August Beginning: Jitney at The Samuel J. Freidman Theatre

By |January 20th, 2017|

Last night, the New York theatre community welcomed the first (and ironically, the last) of August Wilson’s plays to Broadway. Jitney, one of Wilson’s 10 plays sharing a universal, yet intimate tale of African-American life throughout the 20th century, was the first chapter in this […]

Steal This Poem: Louise Driscoll

By |January 3rd, 2017|

Hold fast your dreams!
Within your heart
Keep one still, secret spot
Where dreams may go,
And, sheltered so,
May thrive and grow
Where doubt and fear are not.
O keep a place apart,
Within your heart,
For little dreams to go!
Think still of lovely things that are not true.
Let wish and magic work […]

Steal This Quote: W. Somerset Maugham

By |December 26th, 2016|

A good style should show no sign of effort. What is written should seem a happy accident.
— W. Somerset Maugham, French-born British playwright, novelist and short story writer

The Worst Lesson That Life Can Teach – American Pastoral Review

By |November 15th, 2016|

I did something rather odd last Tuesday. On the night of my country’s Presidential election, I went to the movies. I don’t have a TV, and even if I did, spending the evening waiting for election results felt … unnecessary. What makes this behavior […]

Steal This Quote: Kurt Vonnegut

By |June 19th, 2016|

Music is, to me, proof of the existence of God. It is so extraordinarily full of magic,
and in tough times of my life, I can listen to music and it makes such a difference.
— Kurt Vonnegut, American author, artist and activist

Now That Was A Thing!

By |April 15th, 2016|

March has come and gone, and April is about half over, yet somehow I feel like I’m still recuperating from my birthday month-long arts & culture extravaganza. “Extravaganza” may seem a bit strong of a word, but trust me, anything less would not do.

As I […]

Steal This Quote: Maya Angelou

By |February 22nd, 2016|

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
– Maya Angelou, American poet, author and civil rights activist

Extra! Extra! – Wordsmiths, Ballet Apps & Soot

By |January 25th, 2016|

The latter half of 2015 saw me running hither and yon to make a major life change and acclimate myself to a new job, a new city and a new routine. So even though the shift didn’t quell my hunger for arts & culture, I […]

Steal This Quote: Edgar Allan Poe

By |January 5th, 2016|

 

Those who dream by day are cognizant of many
things which escape those who dream only by night
– Edgar Allan Poe, American author, poet and father of the short story

Steal This Quote: Robert Frost

By |December 27th, 2015|

 

Only when love and need are one
And the work is play, for mortal stakes
Is the deed ever really done
For heaven and the future’s sakes
– Robert Frost, American poet