Archive for the ‘books’ Category

“I want to be an author.”

Monday, October 17th, 2016

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That was her ambition.

 

Work hard, play hard, repeat

Friday, October 14th, 2016

This month I’m working and playing especially hard.

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– talking literature – what it’s for, how it changes us – with the bright and engaging students  at Cranbrook Kingswood . . .

– joining in the amazing yearly #TheLiteraryOthers LGBT reading event at Roof Beam Reader, with a post that looks at how we act when we act out our truest selves . . .

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– popping up in the Indie Spotlight at TNBBC’s The Next Best Book Blog to talk about CHRISTOPHER WILD  . . .

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– going into rehearsals for NIGHT SCHOOL, my newest nerve production, based on Marlowe’s immortal DOCTOR FAUSTUS and inspired by the “Night School” section of, yes, CHRISTOPHER WILD . . .

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– and heading to St. Paul MN to be guest of honor and present a solo performance piece, “The Art of Darkness,” at Arcana 46.

And every day I’m at my desk, working hard and having wild fun with CHRISTOPHER WILD. Whee, what a month!

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The face of CHRISTOPHER WILD

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

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Worth a thousand words and then some: the cover for CHRISTOPHER WILD.

Art and design via Rick Lieder.

Night School

Monday, August 29th, 2016

Give me whatsoever I shall ask.
Tell me whatsoever I demand.

 

Going ever deeper into CHRISTOPHER WILD – the novel is two-thirds complete, now – I’m also writing a companion piece: harsh light and darkness, music and movement, hell and heaven and everywhere in between, a one-night-only performance of Marlowe’s words and mine. January 2017, time for NIGHT SCHOOL.

 
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Directing the flow

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

In the flow, things move at their own pace – sometimes with speed, sometimes not, sometimes seemingly not at all – because that’s how things get done and get made. Not by force, though sometimes with struggle – flow doesn’t mean things always go smoothly; rivers have rapids, seas have swells, even storms. Even hurricanes.

But if you trust it, if you align your own actions and attune your own creative compass, flow will always get you there: like a mermaid in the tide, like turning pages in a book, like the mind’s current that takes an idea from imagination to here-and-now reality, if you just, yeah, go with that flow. As a writer and director, I trust that flow in everything I do, because it’s never absent and it’s always right.

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[Video at link courtesy Diane Cheklich, from her “Garden of Earthly Delights” making-of video. Photos courtesy Diane Cheklich, Kathe Koja; Rena Hopkins, Rachael Harbert and Marianne Brass onsite; Rena Hopkins, Mary Perrin and Kathe Koja onsite.]

 

 

Present in the past

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

Between writing CHRISTOPHER WILD and working on nerve‘s summer Bosch commission, it could seem like the past is my creative landscape now: the medieval wonders and beauties of that “Garden,” and the dark and subtle, sometimes terrible, world of the Elizabethans.

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But the past is always present.

We use and refine technology to remake our physical world, for good and ill, but the basic societal mechanism is the same: humans hunger and lust and work and weep and lie. Strive, feast, ruin ourselves, seek to transcend our bodies, to sate or tame our minds, we are what we are, this never changes.

Artists – Marlowe, Bosch, Rachael Harbert and Marianne Brass, me – take that human condition as our matériel and make of it whatever our disciplines and talents suggest. For Harbert and Brass, it will move. For Bosch it will wear a myriad of faces. For Marlowe and for me, it will speak. And when it does, and when what we make is remade by one who watches and who hears, it will be present in the world anew, it will be the present, alive again and again.

 

[Photo of Marianne Brass and Rachael Harbert courtesy Rena Hopkins.]