Ritual & Fashion

Some people are surprised to find that I love fashion, but who doesn’t love wearable art? I’m pretty sure it must have been the poet/translator Alessandra Bava who pointed me toward ‘Embodying Pasolini’ a performance co-created by Olivier Saillard and Tilda Swinton. To honour Pasolini and his long film career, Saillard and Swinton evoke the…

Enchanted: Fantasy Illustration

I ran up into the Berkshires to join the QoE Stephanie at the Norman Rockwell Museum, the unlikely setting for Enchanted: A History of Fantasy Illustration. It ended up being a lot more rainy then we expected, in fact bucketing down while we enjoyed a leisurely lunch until it stopped long enough for us to…

Chillers, Thrillers & Killers

I’m over at the Cultural Gutter, home of writing about disreputable art, where I sally forth to introduce the Chillers series, a French-UK co-production that manages to mangle a lot of Patricia Highsmith short stories. Check it here. If you missed my chat with Zoë Howe, the Rock-n-Roll Witch, you can listen to it on…

Fire, Uncomfortably Close

March: in like a lion? Check. High winds, a fallen tree, a transformer hit, sudden fire that burned so hot it made holes in the road, and yay — power outage in subzero weather. I’d much prefer to be dull. You know it’s bad when I could smell the smoke (I have a bad sense…

Wish You Were Here exhibition

I am pleased as punch (Punch?) to have a piece in this exhibition along with gal pal Stephanie AKA the QoE. Thanks to Lys Guillorn who put the exhibit together. Check it out virtually or drop by if you’re in Connecticut. Thanks Still River Editions! WISH YOU WERE HERE POSTCARD EXHIBITION JUNE 13 – SEPTEMBER…

Dora Maar @ Tate Modern

Although my main goal for the flying visit to London in January was Blake, there were plenty of things to be seen. And going from Tate to Tate is always a good excuse to hop on a boat. It’s more expensive than taking the tube or busses, but you can’t beat the view. I was…

Writers Retreat: Albergo Ristorante Leso

Thanks to Damien Seaman, I got a chance to tag along for a week’s writing retreat in this beautiful mountain location near Verona. Albergo Ristorante Leso is in the small village of Bosco Chiesanuova. I just wanted to write and somehow alpine air is inspiring — or maybe it was the cowbells. Fellow Fox Spirit…

Cedar Park Cemetery

What a lovely day for the tour. I found much to interest me in this local cemetery — and maybe even inspire a story or two. Thank to the Hudson Library for sponsoring this tour by Kelley Drahushuk from Spotty Dog Books & Ale. Anna and I had a great time learning some history and finding…

NYC, the QoE, Singer Sargent & More

Yes, I am still labouring to get caught up. Maybe sometime in November if I finish what I’m working on now [insert crazed laughter]. Nevertheless for sanity’s sake I ran off to the city to meet up with the fabulous Queen of Everything, Stephanie (have you seen her latest creations?!) to plot and plan. This…

Grissel Jaffray’s Stone

In the Howff this stone has come to be called the headstone of Grissel Jaffray, last witch executed in Dundee. It’s not her headstone, but who am I to mess with tradition? There is of course a formal memorial for her as well. Besides, the cemetery is full of lovely sights. You should probably visit…