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Uncertain bedfellows. How do art and politics relate to one another? Can they sit happily together? Are they mutually exclusive? Are they destined to clash, or inherently connected? The political and artistic atmosphere of Chile in the 1960’s and 1970’s provides a rich opportunity to delve into the question in one particular time and [...]
Why do humans make art? There are many ways to answer this question. We can ask ourselves, other human beings around us. We can take brain imaging scans to try and trace neural patterns associated with the desire to paint, write, or sing, and we can look into our history to reveal ourselves. Looking at [...]
At the start of every month, I’ll be publishing a “5 Monthly Reads” article, offering for your literary pleasure five of the best books I’ve read from the month before. Enjoy – and let me know in the comments what you think of the ones you do decide to pick up! 1 of 5 #5: [...]
A version of this article previously appeared in Vol. 30 of Writer’s Journal. It all depends on your point of view… In all my years as a student, teacher, writer and reader, the most frustrating—most convoluted—writing topic I’ve ever encountered has to be narrative viewpoint. Writing instructors, writing books and literature critics invariably resort to [...]