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Three Short Pieces: The Post Office; Time-Sensitive; Reckless Abandon The Post Office I have an incurable love for lines at the post office. This is a luxurious indulgence, I know. The kind important people can ill-afford. But I am comfortably insignificant. Nothing catastrophic happens to the world when I am made to wait for indefinite periods of time, so I am at liberty to love these lines and the speed of molasses at which they move. They give me opportunity to admire the cheerful competence of our postal workers. How brisk and good-natured they are. Even the curmudgeons among them, the ones who speak sharply, criticizing sloppy packaging, pointing ... Jan 23, 2014, 21737 reads


 

Paolo Soleri: Architecture as Salvation: Before leaving for Arcosanti, it was explained that Paolo Soleri no longer gave interviews. I decided to take my chances, confident the trip would be worth it, no matter how it turned out. Before leaving, I read Soleri's Arcology, The Omega Seed, The Urban Ideal and a few other things.      I spent a couple of days at Arcosanti taking the place in and chatting with residents and guests. While there I attended a talk Soleri gave to a group of young architects from Japan and enjoyed one of Soleri's weekly "frugal soup" ... May 12, 2001, 21507 reads


 

Interview: Enrique Martinez Celaya: Self & Beyond Self It was several years ago when I first heard of the artist Enrique Martínez Celaya. John Evans, founder of Diesel Books and a poet as well, suggested I’d find him worth looking up. Two years were to pass before we met. I’d learned that Martínez Celaya was teaching at Pomona College and, one afternoon, on a visit to Claremont, I decided to look for him. I got lucky and arrived at his classroom just as his students were leaving; the timing was perfect.      To my surprise, Martínez Celaya was already familiar with works & conversations. We ... May 2, 2003, 21246 reads


 

Magic Flute: A Conversation with Marvin Sanders I met Marvin Sanders during a film festival at Berkeley Art Center. At the time, Sanders ran the Sunday evening music series there. On the first evening of film screening, Sanders was there to help at the front desk. Chatting with him, I discovered he plays the flute.      "Jazz?" I asked.      "You say that because I’m black, don’t you?" he replied.         I was taken aback, but realized I’d been offered an opening to a deeper level of conversation. I admitted he was right and ... Apr 2, 2007, 21079 reads


 

Interview with Photographer Elaine Ling: Remote Wonders Elaine Ling was born in Hong Kong in 1946. At the age of nine, her family moved to Canada. She came to my attention when I got a note inviting me to a lecture she giving in San Francisco. Two of her  photos were attached and caught my attention immediately. A quick google search led me to her website where I was able to look at many more of her photos. No question, a portfolio would be perfect for the upcoming issue of the magazine I put together, works & conversations. Often, the pieces fall together more from serendipity, than design. Discovering Elaine Ling's photography ... Jun 27, 2011, 21079 reads


 

A Conversation with Archana Horsting: An Artist's Journey If you’re an artist living in San Fracisco’s East Bay, you’ve heard of KALA. (For me, it’s always in capital letters.) KALA is an integral part of the Bay Area art scene and has been for a long time. Over the years, several friends have taken workshops there or have gotten into their artist’s residency program. And the idea of interviewing co-founder and director, Archana Horsting, occurred to me a long time ago. But with so many fascinating choices, I’ve come to rely on forces lining up according their own designs. And that’s what happened. ... Feb 11, 2014, 21039 reads


 

Toward Inaccessible Places: A Conversation with Andre Enard The three of us sat at Jane Rosen’s dining room table in her home perched atop a ridge near the beach at San Gregorio in Northern California. Through a wide expanse of glass, the sweep of the coastal hills with their native redwood, oak, bay and madrone lay before us.      We had just finished dinner. The fresh salad, with locally grown tomatoes and greens, included slices of mozzarella “not as good as in New York,” Jane said, a claim I’d have to take on faith. We all agreed the interview could wait until after our meal, but now the time had ... May 18, 2008, 20788 reads


 

Interview with Dr. Len Saputo : Integral Health Medicine Len Saputo’s book A Return to Healing is a clear and rather grim assessment of the state of health care and the negative aspects of big pharma in the U.S. It’s a disturbing read, and a compelling one. It ended up in my hands somehow to add its voice to other pleas for addressing endemic problems in health care we face today. Let’s not even mention how the industrial food complex is contributing to increasingly disastrous public health issues like obesity and diabetes.      These problems are so big it’s hard to imagine how one might make ... May 4, 2014, 20612 reads


 

Tree of the Art of the Mind: --Tom Weidlinger For several months I had been anticipating a meeting with Dorothy, my benefactress, in which I would present a funding proposal for a new project. Dorothy's family foundation had been supporting my work for nine years. I'd made six films with her sole support-a wonderful circumstance, compared to my pre-benefactress decades when I spent as much time raising money for films as I did actually making them. Though I worked hard and did my best to be worthy of this munificence, I sometimes felt guilty about my good fortune. But not so guilty as to prevent me from presenting the ... Jun 17, 2010, 20186 reads


 

What We Actually Love—Reflections on the Contemporary in Art: The curator of a major US art museum recently declined my work with apologies that their area of concentration is in collecting Contemporary Art.   It was an odd slight, filled with unstated assumptions. It is ultimately unclear to me how one actually avoids being contemporary. For one who’s not dead yet, such language sets in motion chains of thought, which have been incubating for decades. I make my living as an artist and address little else but matters that are of my time. Is concern for the planet and its extinctions “so twentieth century“ as to be ... Mar 4, 2013, 20093 reads


 
 

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Remember to Remember - Nicholas Hlobeczy I had the pleasure of getting to know the late Nicholas Hlobeczy over a ... Read More 88201 views


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Interview: Gail Needleman Gail Needleman teaches music at Holy Names University in Oakland, California. ... Read More 179269 views


Interview: Stephen De Staebler John Toki encouraged me to interview his old friend and mentor, sculptor Stephen ... Read More 149058 views


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