Category Archives: Art

City Art

I visited Chicago a couple of weeks ago in order to attend the American Library Association annual conference at McCormick Place. We lucked out with the weather. Storms stayed away. Temperature and humidity moderated. Combine this with the need to … Continue reading

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Not so unexpected fetishes and fixations of writers

I haven’t met a writer who doesn’t have an office supply affliction of some sort. Pens? Pencils? Papers? Journals? Notebooks? Chairs? I can’t even begin to cover the variety. Personally, I’ve never passed a totebag/bookbag that I didn’t want. I … Continue reading

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Dreams and Ideas and What ifs

I’ve gone through periods when I did not know if I’d ever get another writable idea. Since most writers are magpies, crows, and jays, and as such we collect shiny bits and pieces and tuck them away in our mental … Continue reading

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Down in the Mission

kleptocracy

I went into San Francisco the other day to get some books at Borderlands — the preeminent science fiction and fantasy bookstore in the Bay Area. The shop is located in the Mission, an old neighborhood in the heart of … Continue reading

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A Work in Progress: More Earthsea Sketches by Charles Vess

Ursula K. Le Guin, photo by Marian Wood Kolisch

A Work in Progress: More Earthsea Sketches by Charles Vess by Ursula K. Le Guin Continued from “The Big Book of Earthsea,” July 18, 2016. Here are a few more of Charles Vess’ preliminary sketches for the illustrations for the … Continue reading

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Airport Art

Earlier this month, I took part in a writers’ retreat at a resort on Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula, which necessitated my passing through Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. I didn’t get the chance to see much of anything when I arrived, but departure … Continue reading

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Our View From Here: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough One of the most superb features of living in the Washington DC area is the museums. The Smithsonian Institution is one of the great centers of learning of our time, and admission is free! It’s always … Continue reading

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Glimpses of Everyday Life BC (before cameras)

Those who enjoy historical novels set a century or two ago encounter young ladies busy doing their fine sewing (white sewing was never seen by callers) and music and watercolors. But we rarely see examples of the first and last. … Continue reading

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Accidental Art: Berkeley & Oakland, California

A couple of months ago, I blogged about the unexpected or “accidental” art–graffiti, stickers, painting, etc–that I found when exploring other cities or while walking my dog along park trails. Other BVCers mentioned that they also encountered such displays, and we thought it would be … Continue reading

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There’s a Bimbo on the Cover Verse 5: The Castles of Seattle

Bimbo, Verse Five: There’s a castle on the cover of the book. There’s a castle on the cover of the book. Every knight is fit for battle, but the action’s in Seattle. There’s a castle on the cover of the … Continue reading

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