• Aesthetics
  • This Flashing Present

    A subset of Rhapsody, by Jennifer Bartlett I usually don’t write about a book until I have finished it. Or at least done the gleaning. But my enthusiasm won’t be bridled. Although I am only 100 pages into The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner, I can’t NOT talk about this book. Every page is delicious. The […]

  • Aesthetics
  • Equipment for Looking

    Table (Tisch), by Gerard Richter No.1: First Works of 362 Artists is a book based on the premise that most artists have a piece they consider their true first painting. Editors Francesca Richer and Matthew Rosensweig attended a lecture by Robert Storr in conjunction with the Gerard Richter retrospective at MOMA in 2002. Richter had […]

  • Books
  • Meaning Afloat

    The Great Salt Lake Shorelands Preserve, Layton Utah My mother grew up less than a mile from what is now a Nature Conservancy preserve on the Great Salt Lake. This landscape has fresh water and salt marshes, ten foot high grasses, ponds and pools, mudflats and fields. The colors and textures change constantly throughout the […]

  • Artist wisdom
  • Unhitching

    Red Butte Garden in Salt Lake City In Mary Ruefle‘s Madness, Rack and Honey, she references the concept of “unhitching.” The very word delights me: the idea of not being tethered or contained, of being let loose. It can mean so many different things of course, but Ruefle is referencing its particular use in Claude […]

  • Poetry
  • Star Birthing

    (Painting detail with a cosmic flair) Star Birth of the Word ULASSA Just now, May 23, 2013, I have in my conceit created a brand new word, Ulassa, at 8:05 AM: as I write, Ulassa is an infant star that burns white hot hydrogen and Joins—who knows—988,000 English words or more, As a new birthed […]