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The Sunday Poem : Jane Kenyon

By |03.18.12|




After an Illness, Walking the Dog


Wet things smell stronger,
and I suppose his main regret is that
he can sniff just one at a time.
In a frenzy of delight
he runs way up the sandy […]

New England Artists Finally Get Their Due at the deCordova’s 2012 Biennial

By |03.14.12|


A few weeks ago I attended the opening for the 2012 deCordova Biennial, which is on view in Lincoln, Massachusetts, through April 22nd. This year curators Dina Deitsch and Abigail Ross Goodman have created a regional […]

Ai Weiwei : Creativity Is the Power to Act

By |03.11.12|




Ai Weiwei’s Blog: Writings, Interviews, and Digital Rants, 2006-2009 has been good company the past few days. Between 2006 and 2009, Chinese artist Ai Weiwei used his blog as a daily notebook where he posted thousands of photos, documented his […]

The Sunday Poem : Nick Flynn

By |03.04.12|



I’ve been a long-time admirer of the writer Nick Flynn. Unlike some writers who struggle to find their subject matter, Nick has had more than his fair share of life experience–the kind that can either eat […]

The Spectacular Snow Drawings of Simon Beck

By |02.29.12|



Winter has finally arrived in New Hampshire. We’re expecting about a foot of snow here in the Monadnock region by the time the storm ends Thursday evening. There hasn’t been a single opportunity for snowshoeing this year, which […]

Downton Abbey : You’re Awful, But We Love You

By |02.28.12|



I have a few longer pieces in the works, which I’m looking forward to sharing soon. In the meantime, I thought I’d offer you a little appetizer before the main course. (Actually, it’s more like serving dessert before […]

The Sunday Poem: Sierra Nelson and Loren Erdrich

By |02.25.12|


If you’re close to me in age and were a voracious reader as a young person, you undoubtedly remember the Choose Your Own Adventure books, a series created by Edward Packard and originally published by Constance Cappel’s and R.A. Montgomery’s […]

Gwarlingo’s Don’t-Miss List: Missy Mazzoli, Olive Ayhens, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, & More

By |02.24.12|

As spring approaches I suddenly find myself inundated with invitations to concerts, readings, and exhibits. It appears that our winter hibernation is finally coming to an end.

Here is a small sampling of some of the events I’m planning to attend, […]

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Accused of Harboring an Unlicensed Dog? Take a Lesson from Writer E.B. White

By |02.22.12|



“Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog,” says the writer E.B. White. “Few people are interested and the frog dies of it.”

It’s been years since I’ve read White’s classic books Charlotte’s Web and Stuart Little. I had forgotten how funny the […]

The Sunday Poem: Seamus Heaney

By |02.18.12|



I must admit that I have a soft spot for the Irish poet Seamus Heaney. I scored a copy of his book Poems: 1965-1975 when I was a teenager. The collection is a compilation of Heaney’s earliest books, Death of […]

Sibylle Baier’s Colour Green: An Accidental Classic

By |02.17.12|


One of my favorite discoveries this winter was the German singer Sibylle Baier. The story of how her wonderful record, Colour Green, came to be is as interesting as the music itself.

She grew up in Germany in the […]

Filmmaker Hiroshi Teshigahara: Gaudi Made Me Realize the Lines Between the Arts Are Insignificant

By |02.16.12|



In the West, Hiroshi Teshigahara is best known as the avant-garde director of the 1964 film Woman in the Dunes–an erotic, surreal film that was nominated for an Academy Award and won the Special Jury Prize at the Cannes Film […]

Ansel Adams: I Know What Love Is

By |02.14.12|



Today is Valentine’s Day–a day for candy hearts, sentimental cards, flowers, garish lingerie, and romantic dinners for two. It’s another holiday aimed at consumers, a holiday especially tortuous for my friends who are “single and still looking.”

So today, out of […]

The Sunday Poem: Naomi Shihab Nye

By |02.11.12|




This Sunday I have a humorous, poignant poem by Naomi Shihab Nye to share.

Nye’s found poem, which is comprised entirely of statements made by her young son, is a reminder that we’re surrounded by comic, inventive language on […]

How To Feel Miserable As An Artist

By |02.09.12|

This week a reader sent me a copy of “How to Feel Miserable As An Artist.” This marvelous list was created by illustrator Keri Smith and is part of The Artist’s Survival Kit, which Keri wrote and designed.

I like Keri’s list […]

Creative Spaces: Painter Kim Uchiyama

By |02.07.12|


Kim Uchiyama’s studio is located on a quiet, tree-lined side-street in Lower Manhattan. On a crisp fall day in mid-November over tea and brunch, I visited Kim in her Tribeca apartment. We spent the day looking at art and discussing her […]

Brittany Howard & The Alabama Shakes: From Postal Worker To Powerhouse

By |02.06.12|



One of the albums I’m most anticipating this spring is Boys and Girls, the first full-length record from the garage-soul band the Alabama Shakes.

Brittany Howard’s soulful, sandpaper voice channels the likes of Janis Joplin, Otis Redding, and Aretha […]

The Sunday Poem: Rodney Jones

By |02.04.12|




The Eviction


My privilege to have witnessed this, so late in the middle
of the twentieth century
that already it seemed historical, almost like having seen
Erasmus or Thucydides:
a shack at the end of a field road, an […]

Found: Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s The Valley Curtain

By |02.01.12|





It’s been a while since I’ve shared a find from my ephemera collection. For my last “Found” post, I published two vintage images of two comic odd couples from my vernacular photography collection.

I discovered this striking […]

The Sunday Poem: Kevin Young

By |01.29.12|

I have a special video version of the Sunday Poem for you today by Kevin Young, one of my favorite contemporary poets. In this short clip from the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival, Young reads his poem “Aunties,” which appears in […]

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Arch Prankster or Art Genius? 52 Art Works by British Street Artist Banksy

By |01.25.12|



Genius or Scam Artist?

Artist and provocateur Banksy is a walking, breathing oxymoron. Depending on who you ask, he is either a genius or an overhyped vandal, a talented documentary filmmaker or a brilliant scam artist. As a self-described art terrorist, […]

The Sunday Poem: Donald Hall

By |01.21.12|




The Coffee Cup

The newspaper, the coffee cup, the dog’s
   impatience for his morning walk:
These fibers braid the ordinary mystery.
   After the marriage of lovers
the children came, and the schoolbus
   that stopped to pick up the children,

Artist Doris Salcedo: I Began to Conceive of Works Based on Nothing

By |01.19.12|



With the continual stream of information and images flooding past me each day, I’ve come to appreciate the rare, found gems that stop me in my virtual tracks. This week it was the above photograph of wooden chairs piled […]

Believing is Seeing: Errol Morris Uncovers the Mysteries of Photography

By |01.16.12|



What makes an “honest” photograph—a “true” photograph? Is the medium of photography more factual and authentic than other art forms? What makes a photograph “a fake”? Can a photo be objective or does it always have a point of view? […]

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The Sunday Poem: Tung-Hui Hu

By |01.14.12|





Early Winter, After Sappho


Some say the air of
early winter moving through
windows. For some, black ships

coming towards the city
are the quietest sounds on earth.
But I say it is with whomever one loves.

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