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The Portland Diaries, Part 3

Posted by on April 26, 2012 in Uncategorized | 3 comments

The Portland Diaries, Part 3

Add this your list of great last lines in literature: “When I hung up I felt as if I was an astronaut who had completed his orbit of the earth and now I was pulled by some new gravity into a cold clean darkness.” That’s Walter Mosley at the end of A Little Yellow Dog.  I stood in my pretty little Tin House apartment this morning after I read that and said it out loud three or four or a dozen more times.  Saying it out loud made me feel like I should run around the block, so I put on my shoes and went outside and ran around...

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Nebraska and Arkansas Events

Posted by on April 18, 2012 in Book Tour/Events | Comments Off

I have a feeling I'm going to see some very pretty countryside this week!  Here's where I'm headed: April 19, 2012 Lauritzen Gardens Omaha, NE April 21, 2012 1:00 Flower, Garden, and Nature Society of Northwest Arkansas Springdale, AR

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The Portland Diaries, Part 2

Posted by on April 17, 2012 in Uncategorized | 5 comments

The Portland Diaries, Part 2

I went the wrong way at the Rothko exhibit at the Portland Art Museum, turning right instead of left, which meant that I saw his last work first.  I have an excuse, though:  when I walked in, I looked to the left and saw a bunch of stuff I didn’t recognize.  Nice paintings, but not Rothkos.  Must be some other exhibit. Works from the permanent collection or whatever.  But over to the right I saw some Rothkos, so I went that way. You don’t have to do much label-reading to figure out when you’re going backwards in an...

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The Portland Diaries, Part 1.5

Posted by on April 7, 2012 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

The Portland Diaries, Part 1.5

I should be back at the apartment writing The Great American Something right now, but instead I’m in a coffee shop writing yet another blog post. Actual conversation overheard a few minutes ago: Customer asks what kombucha is. Man and woman behind the counter take turns trying to answer. It’s…uh….it’s this stuff– It’s alive, kind of. Yeah, no, it is alive.  It’s got these things– They’re supposed to be good for you. Yeah, they’re like these things that are alive–or...

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The Portland Diaries, Part One

Posted by on April 5, 2012 in Uncategorized | 13 comments

The Portland Diaries, Part One

So here I am in Portland, occupying a totally charming apartment courtesy of Tin House, whose offices are right next door.  (press release, which explains everything.) Actually, the magazine is on one side and the book publisher is on the other, so I am surrounded by literary wonderfulness.  On Tuesdays I teach a nonfiction workshop in Portland State University’s MFA program; that happened for the first time last night.  Damn, those students are fiercely smart and well-read. The only book I could recommend to them that they...

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How Not To Be Eaten

Posted by on April 1, 2012 in Media/Reviews | 2 comments

Great title. I reviewed that and another bug book in the Washington Post.  Both got me rassling with the question of what make science writing interesting. The answer, as far as I can tell?  Little bit of science, whole lot of drama. Adultery and murders whenever possible. In other news:  the Wall Street Journal did a little garden round-up for spring.  They wanted a picture of me in my garden, and I remembered that Saxon Holt took some when he was here a few years ago.  Memo to self:  Next time there’s a photographer lurking...

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Portland by Sundown!

Posted by on March 31, 2012 in Book Tour/Events | Comments Off

I’m packing up the car and heading to Portland, where I’ll be a writer-in-residence for two months, teaching a nonfiction workshop in the MFA program at Portland State University.  The incredibly cool people at Tin House are co-sponsors of this deal; thanks to them, I’ll have a nifty little apartment that they may well have to pry me out of at the end of the term. Aaaand I’ll be traveling around the country a little bit.  Cool Friday night event at the LA Natural History museum, a couple of Wicked Plants exhibit...

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8th Avenue, New York City

Posted by on March 27, 2012 in Gallery, Paintings | Comments Off

8th Avenue, New York City

Sometimes I get a lot of mileage out of just one intersection.  I walked back and forth across the crosswalk through several light changes, snapping pictures. This is the latest of several I’ve done from the same intersection.  I’m in love with this 6 x 12 size–it totally lends itself to paintings of the city. 6 x 12 inch oil on 1.5 inch thick cradled wood panel.  Click here to bid, go here to see other paintings, and go here to see my Daily Paintworks...

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Morning in Manhattan

Posted by on March 25, 2012 in Gallery, Paintings | 1 comment

Morning in Manhattan

This actually comes from a photography by Bobby Williams.  I saw it online and asked him if I could paint it, and he agreed.  I’m just in love with all that blue light.

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Going to the Gig

Posted by on March 25, 2012 in Gallery, Paintings | Comments Off

Going to the Gig

New Orleans, of course.  I saw this guy with his bass and just followed him around until the light hit him just right.

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