Orwell said: “What I have most wanted to do throughout the past ten years is to make political writing into an art. My starting point is always a feeling of partisanship, a sense of injustice. When I sit down to write a book, I do not say to myself, ‘I
Dana Carvey, the comedic legend of Saturday Night Live fame, was riding high from 1986 to 1993. Best known for his impressions and character work. Garth from Wayne’s World, both Bush Presidents, many other President impressions, the Church Lady, and other parodies of people brought Carvey into the pop
Brian Doyle says: “It has nothing to do with talent. Somehow it has everything to do with a relatively small ego. The less cool you think you are, the better a writer you are. You have to have enough ego to sit your butt in the chair and try to
I’m doing doctorate work in the area of faith, art, and the pastoral imagination. One of our conversations revolved around art and creativity and people of faith. I wondered aloud why Christians in the realm of the arts were minuscule in Protestant circles. Yes, many artists are making “Christian”
I’m deep in the middle of a writing project. Is it good, bad, or indifferent? I don’t know, I’m too close to it. Will people love it or hate it? I don’t know. People are fickle. Why do some Sci-Fi fans love Star Wars and hate
If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, you must be the one to write it.
Cormac McCarthy is one of my favorite authors. An acclaimed and award winning author of The Road, Blood Meridian, and No Country for Old Men. Cormac, at eighty eight, is also launching two new releases this year. Rare for a man who only writes a book what feels like once
“The artist is distinguished from all other responsible actors in society — the politicians, legislators, educators, and scientists — by the fact that he is his own test tube, his own laboratory, working according to very rigorous rules, however unstated these may be, and cannot allow any consideration to supersede his responsibility
Austin Kleon recently interviewed Tim Kreider and shared these wise words: “Are you really helping here? That’s what you ought to be doing if you’re a writer. Or any kind of artist. Helping. Some. And it doesn’t mean cheerful or Pollyanna-ish. Francis Bacon, the painter, was helping.
Every year, I sit down to consider where I’ve been, and where I’d like to go. Call them resolutions, goals, or reflections on trying to do a little better in a new year. I’m fond of New Years because it acts like a reset button, and gives