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Susan Shiney, Writer in Lille, France


Susan Shiney is living my fantasy–to live somewhere in Europe and write. She is in Lille, France. Had I been able, I would have lived in my favourite city Venice and written non-stop. Have a look. Her work is very interesting. Do you think that where the writer lives affects how or what he or […]

What’s Great Literature? #2]


Matisse, Sylvia Beach, James Joyce, Ulysses, Shakespeare and Company, Lost generation, book publishing, patrons, literary criticism, Paris, publishing Ulysses, art criticism, radiance, harmony, conceptual art, representational art,

Sylvia Beach knew great literature! How wonderful for one of the twentieth century’s most famous authors to have met her in Paris that hot July day in 1920! She was the owner of a small English bookstore at 12 Rue Odéon, which was also a lending library and social gathering place for writers of the […]

TIME TRAVEL and the ARTFUL BOXERS


My head was pounding. I ached from top to toe. My eyes seemed out of synch with my ears. Had I been in a traffic accident? I took a breath and felt one hundred knives jab below my ribs. When images of boxers began dancing before me, only then did I realize I was lying […]

LIFE IS TO LAUGH.


creativity, creative process. novels about artists, magic realism, Eugene Atget, French Chassons, Rouge Music Group, photography, videos, life, philosophy, Paris

Thoughts on Creativity Is your painting giving you a message? Does your sculpture begin to eye you with suspicion? Does your short story slyly reveal something you’ve never thought of before [at least not consciously] and is it perhaps embarrassing? In making this video, I think I’ve just learned something about the creative process. If you watch […]

The Flâneur and the Street Photographer.


flanuer, street photography, photography, creativity, Eugene Atget, Paris, Alfred Stieglitz, Carl Jung, Joseph Campbell, TAO, Baudelaire, architecture, urban landscape, novels about artists

I’ve always loved taking photos and viewing the photography of others. Given that virtually every cell phone is a camera, millions if not billions of people are able to photograph. Now we can document and record virtually any and all moments of our lives whether in a selfie or a fine art photograph of a […]