The winter I completed "Creative Fire," my largest painting to date, I was working in Southern Spain. My studio was situated on the third floor of our 100-year-old town house in Loja. It is big, ramshackle and cold, very cold. The roof leaked, and, despite being freezing in winter, it could be impossibly hot in summer. It had a gentle spirit, as if the age of the house had infused the space with benign patience. It was quiet enough for me to … [Read more...] about Simple Practices to Light Your Creative Fire & Keep it Burning
Creatives at Work
These articles are curated to present insight into the craft and practices employed by a creatives.
In the closing lines of the Preface to The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money, John Maynard Keynes discusses his work as "a long struggle" to "escape from habitual modes of thought and expression" (xvi-xvii). There's an implication in Keynes' work that it is also the chore of the reader to escape from old ideas and embrace what his text calls "the forces which determine change" (xvi). Many twenty-first-century entrepreneurs may … [Read more...] about Rowdy Mermaid: A study in disruption.
Though book-length comics and comic anthologies go back over a century, most pundits of the genre agree that the modern era of the graphic novel begins in 1986 with DC Comics' release of Watchmen and Batman: The Dark Knight Returns (Weiner). For those who study graphic novels as literature, the breakthrough publication of that year was Art Spiegelman's graphic novel Maus I. "This account of the Holocaust, with Jews portrayed as mice and Nazis as … [Read more...] about Seán Michael Wilson & “The Minamata Story”
What is a "Zine" and Why do People Make Them? People commonly ask me these questions when I mention zines. Though I’ve personally made eighteen zines over the past twenty years, I feel barely qualified to provide an answer. The short and very incomplete answer is that a zine is like a cross between a personal letter and an amateur magazine. The longer answer is that zines have been around since about 1930 as science fiction “fanzines” … [Read more...] about An Insider’s Perspective on an Outsiders’ Medium
Simon Van Booy writes fiction and philosophy, beautifully. Commentators call his prose elegiac, spare, and luminous. Many delight in his gift for surprises. Van Booy’s short-story collection, Love Begins in Winter, won the Frank O’Connor Award in 2009. He has 16 books in print, including a new novel, Night Came With Many Stars, released this June. Twice during April 2021, Van Booy and I met in our homes via Zoom —he in Brooklyn, I in St. … [Read more...] about Simon Van Booy: The Writer’s Art and Practice