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Archive for June 2018

Writer-Artist: Lawrence Lariar

Preferring anonymity as an author, Lawrence Lariar edited and authored dozens of books including mystery novels under, among others, the pseudonyms Adam Knight, Michael Stark, and Michael Lawrence, and was a popular cartoonist in his day–over the years turning out gag cartoons, spot drawings, comic strips, and political cartoons for Colliers, Young American Magazine, and…

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The Merriest of Merry Pranksters: Author Ken Kesey’s Art

The Merriest of Merry Pranksters: Author Ken Kesey's Art by @DFriedmanAuthor #Merry #KenKesey

Writer-Artist Three: Ken Kesey The Merry Prankster The merriest of the Merry Pranksters, author of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and Sometimes a Great Notion, icon of the counterculture, Ken Kesey told me he’d been an artist since his youth and that in 1965 during a five-month imprisonment for pot possession how he’d combined…

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Kurt Vonnegut Discussing His Artwork

A few days ago was the anniversary of Kurt Vonnegut’s death, and I was inspired to post this interview I did with him—rare insofar as it’s devoted to discussion of his artwork. At the time, I was researching and interviewing writer-artists for my book, The Writer’s Brush: Paintings, Drawings, and Sculpture by Writers and Vonnegut proposed I…

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Although I had tried to make The Writer’s Brush: Paintings, Drawings, and Sculpture by Writers as comprehensive as possible, as I acknowledged in the preface, I knew that with new writer-artists appearing every day that it would be out of date as soon as it was published.  Omissions were partially rectified with two large exhibitions…

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We’ve all had those head-thumping moments—coming up with the crushing argument when our adversary is long gone, remembering the ingredient left out of the casserole, the part that should have been done or installed before the part just finished with.  Many such omissions are fixable, even if at some cost or inconvenience.  But imagine writing…

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