“When Grace at the Bliss Cafe Calls” is published in The New Yorker under circumstances as extraordinary as those that prompted the writing of the poem itself.
Writers are encouraged to write in scene rather than in summary of scene. You are asked to jump into the dynamic process, to start anywhere along the storyline, ignoring the problems of structure and skipping the complex difficulties of finding your story’s “beginning.” The idea is that you write the scenes of your story’s story first, […]
Jim Salter arriving at Maria Matthiessen’s for his party Here’s my Huffington piece from last month written right after we lost Jim Salter. He died while working out at the gym ten days after his gala ninetieth birthday party. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jane-vandenburgh/just-terrific-a-remembran_b_7641084.html
Art as Weapon, Art as Shelter Mildred Howard is one of those celebrated, successful, highly influential visual artists upon whom the most vaunted prizes have been bestowed but who has somehow escaped wide swathes of the American museum-going public’s notice. If it’s a given that this woman’s work is important, why hasn’t the word got […]