The Story Behind This Rare Drawing by Jorge Luis Borges by @DFriedmanAuthor #Drawing #Artists #Writers

Writer-Artist Four: Jorge Luis Borges   Jorge Luis Borges, the great Argentinian master of both philosophical and fantasy literature, of whom Nobelist J. M. Coetzee wrote: “He, more than anyone, renovated the language of fiction,” produced little visual art. After progressive deterioration of his eyesight, he went totally blind at 55. The only surviving work…

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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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Whose Dog Are You? by @DFriedmanAuthor #Dog #Dogs #Life #Religion

From a scholarly friend comes “Whose dog are you?” It seems Alexander Pope’s bitch, Bounce, whelped a number of pups, one of which he gave to the Prince of Wales in 1736 to guard his house in Kew.  The poet engraved this epigram on the collar: I am his Highness’ Dog at Kew; Pray tell…

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“The scene today is wonderful.” ~ Tom Wolfe To find out more about Tom Wolfe and other writers, check out The Writer’s Brush: Paintings, Drawings, and Sculpture by Writers for more than 400 plates of artwork by great writers and the stories behind them. Connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, Medium, YouTube, Goodreads, and please sign up for my blog! You can purchase The Writer’s Brush and other books…

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The Fury and Tenderness of Author Joshua Braff's Art by @DFriedmanAuthor #Fury #art

Joshua Braff, Author and Artist: “When I was thirteen, I was invited by a friend into a home in South Orange, NJ, that had many Color Field and New York School abstract paintings. There were works by Gottlieb, Motherwell, Steiner, Christensen, Poons, and Frankenthaler. Fury and Tenderness I could see warmth and artistry in them, but also…

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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 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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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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