Farewell, My Brother

Farewell, My Brother

A Story of Family, Money, and “Cremains” On Friday, I mailed my dad’s ashes to my brother in Kansas, in time to reach him for his birthday this week. The box containing what’s left of my father has moved with me from place to place, ever since his death in...
How to Talk to a Reporter

How to Talk to a Reporter

How to Talk to a Reporter Yes, believe it or not, it can happen to you—or maybe it already has. A writer from a local newspaper, an arts magazine, or perhaps, one day, even The New York Times will give a call or send an email, saying she wants to talk to you for a...
Savage Studio Visits

Savage Studio Visits

Be careful whom you invite As readers know from my adventures with a material called Dura-Lar and “Confessions of a Closet Painter,” I spend about ten hours a week in a corner of my friend TJ Mabrey’s studio, messing around with paint and affixing bits of the...
Where Is the Me in #MeToo?

Where Is the Me in #MeToo?

Searching for a younger self When all the evidence of men misbehaving (Weinstein, Rose, Lauer, Close, and countless others) began spilling into the press last year, sexual harassment and sexual assault became a prime topic of discussion among women friends. I listened...
A Progress Report

A Progress Report

Where are we, what are we doing, where are we going? I can remember when and where I first conceived the idea for Vasari21. I was staying in my friend Barbara Rachko’s apartment over the holidays in December 2015, while she was traveling in South America, and though...
How to Be an Art Star

How to Be an Art Star

Some cynical, perplexed, and possibly spot-on observations “Art star.” It’s a deplorable term, I know, but it’s out there as a label to describe those who have achieved a shining spot in the galaxy, commanding huge sums at auction, getting the nod from major critics,...