First Person

Greenhouse in the Desert

Blogging Fellows, First Person, Performance, Trains in the Basement

If you revisit the things that once interested you, you can return to that period of your life. It’s part of time’s relativity—how its span depends on the way you spend it—something the pandemic has made visible. Lockdown turns a day into an elevator ride, a walk to the store into months, the house still with dust on your return.

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Graphite Insomnia

Appreciation, First Person, Visual Art

“A deep black square can be an object or an opening. Sometimes you can get a surface so deep, rich, and black that it begins to contain...

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Walls Covered in Basquiat

First Person, Visual Art

"What might be if he lived? What does it mean that his image is defined and further commoditized without his consent, by the same...

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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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