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Diebenkorn

My wife and I are standing in San Francisco’s de Young Museum about to enter an art exhibit. The man looking out at us from the short film we are watching is Richard Diebenkorn. I want you to think of … Continue reading

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New York Times Magazine Photographs Exhibition

      “New York Times Photographs,” opened at The Hunter Museum of American Art in Chattanooga, TN on November 28, 2014 and runs through March 22, 2015. A shorter version of this article appeared as the cover story in The Chattanooga … Continue reading

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Things Like That Just Happen in a College Town

Pen & Ink sketch 2/11/2010 I was fresh out of the University of Georgia and trying to make a buck or two while the future figured out what it was going to do with me. In a quixotic attempt to … Continue reading

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An Anatomy of a Pen & Ink

I like making pen & ink drawings.  I fell in love with pen & ink a long time ago and can’t see giving it up any time soon.  You can find the story of my early days working in pen & ink elsewhere on this … Continue reading

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The Amazing Mr. Turner

JMW Turner  (1775-1851)  Self-portrait (1799)  Once some years ago, when I was roaming the stacks at the University of Georgia library, I was struck by the titles of two books shelved side by side. One was entitled The Pre-Raphaelite Tragedy; its … Continue reading

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Grace Kelly, The Tate Modern, and a Ukrainian girl named Sandra

I was thirteen when I decided to become an international jewel thief. Like many criminal decisions, mine was made impulsively and of course it involved a woman—Grace Kelly. The YMCA in my hometown showed old movies, and during an hour and … Continue reading

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Every Wednesday Night at Modern Dave’s

“Come sit in with me, Fiddle Player,” says the singer as she takes a pull on her beer. A tall young man with a short cropped sandy beard turns his attention from the blonde in the loose fitting green dress … Continue reading

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Frank Wilson’s Pasture

My friend Howard was a very good copy writer in his day. He wrote for the leading ad agencies and won awards for his work. One evening over a drink he told me a story about a time he was … Continue reading

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…if you have to be sure don’t write

The following poem was written by one great American poet, W. S. Merwin, about his studies with another great American poet, John Berryman. Berryman was 14 years older than Merwin and was, despite his personal problems, both a demanding and … Continue reading

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The River is a Strong Brown God

‘A Strong Brown God’ is what T. S. Eliot called a river. No doubt he was right. Certainly the Tennessee River plays a large part in my life and so the Jackson Point flotilla is once again preparing to set … Continue reading

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