Snapshot: a few words on Clare Denis

I’m working on a handful of projects this week, but what caught my eye, prose-wise, is Alice Gregory’s description of the appearance of filmmaker Claire Denis, in her denim jacket and jeans, as “a tiny Edwardian greaser.” The phrasing’s solid, and the contrast of images–English history from above and American history from below, and 40… Read More

Setting Goals, Marking Time, & John Cage

As kids, we knew that summer commenced in June, ended in August, and school resumed in September. As adults, we learned about equinoxes and solstices and that days got longer all winter–even if it didn’t feel that way. For many kids, this weekend marks the halfway point of summer. I find it’s a good time,… Read More

Sharing my work, v. 4–Mission statements and mantras

Mission statements are essential. “Knowing why you’re doing what you’re doing (your mission), where you’re trying to go (your vision), and how you’re going to go about it (your values) are the glue that holds an organization together.” Variations on this theme appear on dozens of Dear-Abby-for-entrepreneur pages, and it’s certainly helpful to take stock… Read More

The economy of feedback

I’m kicking the tires–or maybe the table legs of my desk is a more apt metaphor–on another book. It’s a baseball project, and I am sending out queries to agents. Soon thereafter, I receive rejections akin to “Dear John” break-up letters, and some offer astonishing clarity: “it has been determined that Mr. X will not… Read More

Thinking into action–or vice versa

“The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not ‘Eureka!’ but ‘That’s funny…’ ” Isaac Asimov I found this delicious epigram in a book on entrepreneurship, but I’m thinking of it more as an adage for fostering self-awareness. We’re humans (so we’re already amazing), but we’re flawed, too, and… Read More