Category Archives: Art

It was 45 Years Ago Today…

I went to Woodstock. The first one – the good one. 45 years ago today. It was my first concert. It certainly set a high bar for the rest, though I’ve seen a few good ones over the years. It wasn’t … Continue reading

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Beyond Dreams

One of the key moments in the life of a writer (painter, actor, athlete or President, if you like) is when they reach the limits of their dreams. In our dreams, we are everything we’d like to be, no limitations, … Continue reading

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‘Searching for Sugar Man’ – Go Now!

  I usually don’t do back-to-back blogs anymore but I have to do this one: Go see ‘Searching for Sugar Man.’ If it’s not playing where you are yet, find out when it will – here’s the site with trailer. … Continue reading

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The Road That Takes You

Smitty told me the other night: the world is 3% sociopaths who run roughshod over the rest of us – everyone else just wants to be heard. This might not be an exact quote. Anyway, the thought speaks to me in … Continue reading

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A Good Story Isn’t a Pancake

You have to feel a story. It has to come from some impulse way down deep inside. One popular strain of advice for independent writers these days is: write a lot of books really fast. Then when a reader discovers … Continue reading

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Book Wars, Chapter Thirteen 1/2

Jenny Milchman sent me a typically well-reasoned response to my last post and it spurred a few additional thoughts. Here’s Jenny first: ‘Love your last graf! Well said, Ted, well said. I agree that anything that supports the primacy of … Continue reading

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Paint (and Write) from the Shoulders

This long weekend, I hope to spend some time at an exhibition of some early paintings by Richard Pousette-D’art.   I studied painting with Richard for one semester at Sarah Lawrence. He was a hulking man in a smock coat who … Continue reading

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