Ghost children, empathy, and easter. 3 Monday quotes.

I’ve lately been reading a wide swath of whatever, and apparently refusing to share any of it because… cohesion. So in lieu of a blog post that would make all these come elegantly together, below are the quotes I’m saving from a few works that may or may not be awesome on the whole: From Education’s culture of…

Creativity: Neither Magic Nor Madness

Nothing like telling the entire world about one’s clinical depression to enliven a Tuesday. Here’s my latest for Ploughshares Literary Magazine, in which I own up to the depression that yanked me out of music-touring… and in which I punch the Mental-Illness-Makes-Better-Artists myth in the throat. Regardless of whether you’ve suffered from mental illness, there are…

Waiting for a job? grad school? publishing deal? Here’s HOW TO WAIT BETTER:

My latest for Ploughshares Literary Magazine is a bit of a confession: I SUCK AT WAITING. And so do many other writers and artists. We hover over email inboxes, trying to survive the feeling of teetering on someone else’s whim. Thus: Hey Writers: Four Steps to Better Waiting Check it out, leave a comment. Tell…

What Writers Can Glean from “The Wolf of Wall Street”

In my latest for Ploughshares Literary Magazine, I summarize the Crazy response to The Wolf of Wall Street, and tackle the Good that might come from ethically-precarious art. An excerpt: Criticisms of The Wolf of Wall Street both devalue viewers—by assuming they can handle only moralistic tales—and esteem them, by providing immediate evidence of their astonishing critical thinking skills. The film’s critics…

Poetry read over Pop Music: YES.

Confession: I’m utterly delighted by these poems read over pop music: [bandcamp width=100% height=120 album=2740518272 size=medium bgcol=ffffff linkcol=0687f5] Click the forward arrow above for more greatness: track 1 frank o’hara & drake track 2 alice notley & justin timberlake track 3 dana ward & katy perry track 4 dylan thomas & miley cyrus track 5 william carlos…

“Expensive cities are killing creativity”

St. Louis-based writer Sarah Kendzior has published an editorial for Al Jazeera, calling upon creatives to reject the now-cost-prohibitive art centers of the world. Kendzior launches her piece by citing Patti Smith’s May 5th advice to young NYC artists: that they “find another city.” Smith said, “New York has closed itself off to the young and the…

Using Words

“As long as I can, I will take what I feel, use it to face what I am able to know, find language, and write what I think must be written for the freedom and dignity of women.” I don’t agree with everything Andrea Dworkin has written, but this, yes. Yes. Taken from “My Life As a Writer,” in Life…

Where Art Can Go: Storytelling as Advocacy

Here’s the thing: If you’re a writer, artist, or any kind of creative, your work can go further than you think. My latest for Ploughshares Literary Magazine is an interview with a writer/advocate against domestic violence… And her tips are for all of us, whatever our medium, whatever the issues we care about. Check it out here,…

4 Reasons to Write the Hell out of (What’s Left of) 2013

Ok so it’s almost Thanksgiving. If shopping, family drama, travels, and/or assorted year-end hells are killing your writerly motivation, here are four reasons you’ll want to go write anyway. Like, right now. It’s my latest for Ploughshares Literary Magazine: Consider yourself kicked in the ass.  (you’re welcome)   PS. If nothing else, you can always employ your…

(listening to Russian poets)

“For to live means to sing, to love, to rage, and to tear things to shreds, while…faces look on and pupils burn.” –Nicolay Aseev (Choosing to ignore for a moment that Aseev wrote this in a bullfighting context.) (Because advice is advice amirite)