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November 2015 is MOTHERFLOCKERS

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Not exactly books, but I keep files and files and files of collections like tiles, architects, rooms I like, lighting, garden, equipment, textiles for the fantasy home I’ll likely never get to build. I just had an epiphany. My mother had a room in our house with a big old typewriter surrounded by files and […]

DAVID LETTERMAN AND MOM Mom  and I stood across the street from Trump Tower, two years after it was built wondering who was at the center of the crowd of people out front that included an NBC film crew. Seeing the interior of Trump Tower was on our visitors list, anyway. Later I learned that […]

I can’t believe I just started drawing in ink in this beautiful book. Nowadays I would first draw it to death before ever putting ink to paper. Cartoonist Lynda Barry has her students use a Staedtler Non-Photo Blue Pencil so they can sketch away until they find the right lines, then ink those. When the drawing […]

As a kid,  I mailed off pictures of jets with thrilling advertising copy like FLY SAFE, FLY DELTA, fully expecting to see them in Life Magazine. So it was words and pictures from an early age.  Visual arts kept me going all my life with words sneaking in as mere accents but sometimes the words […]

In 1956, the days of truly live television, a big TV hit called Queen For A Day had three women pour out their tragic life stories and compete for the answer to their prayers, a queenly red velvet robe, a seat on a throne, a bunch of long stemmed roses, –not to mention a glittering crown. Usually they would […]