How To Write Better: Borrowing From Chemistry

How To Write Better: Borrowing From Chemistry by @DFriedmanAuthor #write #writer #chemistry

Better Writing Through Chemistry  In 1935, Dupont promised they’d bring us better living through chemistry. Today, the phrase is used ironically for movie and album titles and most especially to describe recreational drug use. Acknowledging that chemistry has improved our lives is bromidic. Less well known is that the chemical lexicon, demonstrably miscible with our…

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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as possible, as I acknowledged in the preface, I knew that with new writer-artists appearing every day that it would be out of date as soon as it was published.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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Writer-Artists

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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An Interview with Jules Feiffer

Jules Feiffer

“My goal was to overthrow the government…” – Jules Feiffer What a treat it was to chat with Jules Feiffer, Pulitzer Prize and Academy Award-winning cartoonist, playwright, screenwriter, novelist, author of more than 35 books, illustrator, and for decades the most widely read satirist in America. Enjoy this candid interview in which he explains how…

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“Eating with my Eyes”: The Landscapes of Guy de Maupassant

Eating with my Eyes: The Sketches of Guy de Maupassant

Writer-Artist 13: Guy de Maupassant “I have the clear and profound feeling of eating with my eyes, and digesting colors as you would digest meat and fruit.” Achieved Greatness and Wished for More France’s greatest short story writer—his first collection of short stories was in its twelfth printing in less than two years, and his…

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A Fun Discussion of The Writer’s Brush with Mark Lynch of WICN

The Writer's Brush

A Sit Down with Mark Lynch I sat down last week for a fun discussion with the ever-insightful, enthusiastic Mark Lynch of WICN about my 40-year labor of love, The Writer’s Brush: Paintings, Drawings, and Sculpture by Writers.  We covered Charles Bukowski’s drawings of poodles, Edgar Allen Poe’s self-portrait, D.H. Lawrence’s painting of The Rape of…

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Poly-poly-math: Lera Auerbach is a Quadruple Threat

Poly-poly-math: Lera Auerbach is a Quadruple Threat

Writer-Artist 12: Lera Auerbach “Borderless creativity” A Living Renaissance Woman Lera Auerbach has resisted creative pigeonholing from her earliest years. Playing the piano and composing at four, she was told she must choose, that it was not possible to become both a virtuoso performer and serious composer. When, at 12, she informed her piano instructor that…

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Dylan Paints America

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Writer-Artist 11: Bob Dylan “The idea was to create pictures that would not be misinterpreted.” A 20th century icon, winner of the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature, 12 Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, and a special Pulitzer Prize, Bob Dylan has been making art since recovering from a motorcycle accident in the 60’s, has published…

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Prolific Poet William Jay Smith Somehow Found Time to Paint

Prolific Poet William Jay Smith Remarkably Found Time to Paint

Writer-Artist 10: William Jay Smith 97 years old when he died, William Jay Smith apparently wasted not a minute of them. U.S. Poet Laureate Achieving national publication of a poem at 14, it was probably unsurprising that Smith would end up Poet Laureate of the United States, a member of the American Academy of Arts…

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Tess Callahan Squints at the Page as well as the Canvas

Tess Callahan Squints at the Page as well as the Canvas

Writer-Artist 9: Tess Callahan “The constraints we rail against may be the very ones we need.” A short story writer and essayist whose work has appeared in such prestigious venues as AGNI, Narrative Magazine, and the New York Times Magazine, Tess Callahan’s widely praised, multiply translated, debut novel April and Oliver was declared by The…

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The Drawings of Nobel Prize Winning Author Joseph Brodsky

The Drawings of Nobel-Prize Winning Author Joseph Brodsky by @DFriedmanAuthor #Drawings #Artists #Writers

Writer-Artist Eight: Joseph Brodsky “There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.” The greatest Russian poet of his generation, Nobel Prize-winner, Poet Laureate of the United States, and member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Joseph Brodsky illustrated many of his writings. Drawings and Writing  Although he…

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Literary Figures Painted and Drawn by Their Creators

Literary Figures Painted and Drawn by Their Creators by @DFriedmanAuthor #Literary #LiteraryFigures

LitHub editor Emily Temple just posted an article about some literary figures who have been depicted by famous artists—like Roy Lichtenstein’s TinTin, Picasso’s Don Quixote, and Rockwell Kent’s Captain Ahab.   There are more than 400 plates of artwork by writers in my book The Writer’s Brush: Paintings, Drawings, and Sculpture by Writers, but until…

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The Stunning Visual Art of Author Annie Weatherwax

The Stunning Visual Art of Author Annie Weatherwax by @DFriedmanAuthor #VisualArt #VisuArtist #Writer #Artist

Writer-Artist Six: Annie Weatherwax Annie Weatherwax, novelist, short story writer, essayist, and visual artist was the 2009 winner of the Robert Olen Butler Prize for Fiction for her story “The Possibility of Things.” Her novel, All We Had, was turned into a movie directed by Katie Holmes. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The…

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