Sticks and Stones: Memoirs About the Writing Life

“Writers often talk about the books that influenced them, but what are your nonliterary influences?” http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/09/books/review/as-a-writer-what-influences-you-other-than-books.html?ref=review&_r=0 – Bookends, NYTimes, Sunday 11/9/14 Thomas Mallon and James Parker answer the question in two short essays. Mallon writes that he keeps “photos around me while I write the way other authors keep music on in the background, as a Continue reading Sticks and Stones: Memoirs About the Writing Life

Sticks and Stones: Memoirs About the Writing Life

 Being Present I recently watched The Artist is Present, a documentary about Marina Abramović. Abramović is known as the “grandmother of performance art.” She has cut and burned herself, ingested anti-psychotic drugs, and invited people to manipulate her body with a variety of objects, including “a rose, a feather, honey, a whip, olive oil, scissors, Continue reading Sticks and Stones: Memoirs About the Writing Life

Off to the Zebra Poetry Film Festival in Berlin

  I’m leaving in a few hours to attend the Zebra Poetry Film Festival in Berlin, Germany. This is my second festival, and I am really looking forward to it. Zebra is the biggest poetry film festival in the world, and the oldest. It started in 2002 and has occurred every two years since. This Continue reading Off to the Zebra Poetry Film Festival in Berlin

Sticks and Stones: Memoirs About the Writing Life

The last of my posts for Awkword Paper Cut. It’s been a long, dry spell in the West: Drought: What is it Good For? In California, a four-year drought has left the landscape brittle and the people irritable. I was complaining to a friend about the dead weeds that lined the freeway and the lack Continue reading Sticks and Stones: Memoirs About the Writing Life

Sticks and Stones: memoirs about the writing life

Here’s the second of my three pieces about writing, originally published at Awkword Paper Cut: Be Here Now: Poetry of Place By Erica Goss I’ve never had a bad day in San Francisco.   Ok, that’s not entirely true, but the happy memories far outnumber the unhappy ones. And maybe I don’t want to acknowledge Continue reading Sticks and Stones: memoirs about the writing life