First Person

The Lewis Chessmen, Deer Antler, and a French Bulldog

Appreciation, Essay, First Person, Sculpture

“What could I make with antler?” I recalled the Lewis Chessmen and figured I could attempt to carve a set myself, although I’ve never worked with antler as a medium before. I had no pretensions that it would be even close to the famed Lewis set. In the end, the design was mine, a unique variant of classic.

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An Itch for Things Remote

Essay, First Person, Literature, Visual Art

From ‘Moby Dick’ to Frank Stella, a writer looks to art of the sea for inspiration....

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Grass Grew on the Sidewalks

Essay, First Person, Literature

The dream of visiting Harper Lee’s world leads to reconnecting with a grandmother....

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Georgia O’Keeffe in New Mexico

Essay, First Person, Visual Art

Lessons from a master in living with beauty: Georgia O’Keeffe’s home beckons for a 15-hour drive across the American Southwest.

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The Craft That Serves the Art

Essay, First Person, Visual Art

A chance Google search leads to a nearly 600-mile drive to see the details in Lilian Broca's mosaics....

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Seventeen Ways of Looking at the Mona Lisa

Essay, First Person, Visual Art

We asked writers and artists to show us what the ‘Mona Lisa’ means in today’s selfie-seeking, Kardashianized world....

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You Have Changed Me Forever

Essay, First Person, Theater

The role of a lifetime plunges an actor into one of the deadliest chapters of American history.

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To Bobby, With Love

Essay, First Person, Music, Theater

The last single person among her friends, a young woman recognizes herself in Stephen Sondheim’s ‘Company’....

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There Was This Clock

Essay, First Person, Visual Art

A musician chases Time through art history....

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On Not Being Silent

Essay, First Person, Poetry

A journalist’s priorities change after an encounter with the work of the feminist poet Audre Lorde.

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