The Siren Call Of All That Is Not Me

Many people in AA speak of alcoholism as a disease, as if to say, our bodies are “allergic” to alcohol, our reactions are different from those of “normal” people. I think this is a facile, inaccurate rationalization that makes it easier for people to admit they have a problem with booze and need help. In […]

Great Art Is Made By Great People

As a young person I was impressed by virtuoso artists, individuals with Faustian technique. I imagined how it felt to take the stage, whether literal or metaphorical, and simply blow the audience away – dazzle them with something they had never seen, heard, experienced before. I felt then that it was the duty of art […]