Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Me on TV


So, a couple of months before my trip to Portland, the lovely publicist for my book How Art Can Make You Happy emails me to ask if I'm "going to be in Oregon any time this spring?" Well, yes, actually I am -- why are you asking me this rather random question? Well, it turns out a morning show called AM Northwest on local Portland station KATU wanted to have me on to talk about my book! Um ... what now?! Being on television struck me -- and, honestly, still strikes me! -- as something I never thought I'd have any reason to do or ever be asked to do. But there it was. And so, there I went.

On my last morning in town I made my way through the drizzle -- all dressed up under my raincoat -- to the innocuous TV station building. I waited in the green room (see above) with other guests for my turn to go on, then was ushered into the studio. A tv studio looks pretty much exactly like you think it looks from having seen them on tv on shows like Thirty Rock that take place on the sets of television shows (whoa, meta) -- all extra nice in front of the three great big cameras on wheels, and all normal with metal pipes and folding chairs and whatnot behind the cameras. They pinned a mic to the lapel of my sweater, tucked the battery back for it into the back of my belt, and sent me up to sit on the sofa on the set and talk with the very nice host lady, Helen Raptis, about my book. You can see what I said here if you are so inclined.

The whole thing was over quickly and was just about as surreal as you'd expect. From the ads that played between show segments, I gathered the audience was probably mostly made up of older people -- and I hope they buy my book for themselves and their kids and their grandkids, and bring a little more art happiness across the generations. That's the dream anyhow. The reality looked something like this:


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Portland


Just got back from a work trip to Portland! I reviewed photographers' portfolios at Photolucida for four days; sold Chronicle books at the Photobook Fair; hit up Powell's Books and Stumptown Coffee (a lot); visited several amazing artists in their studios; marched in the Science March; did a bunch of fun retail reconnaissance (and, ahem, shopping); and generally just enjoyed the lovely Portland-y-ness of Portland. Oh, and I also went on television (what the heck?!), but that's a story for another day.

















Monday, April 24, 2017

Going For a Walk With Daddy


Here is tiny baby Mabel, just three months old, and her handsome father, ready to face the world.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Wardrobe Snacks


Photographer Kelsey McClellan and stylist Michelle Maguire have collaborated on a project called Wardrobe Snacks with which I am seriously enamored. These images celebrate the twin pleasures of fashion and food, with color-matching so exquisitely perfect it makes your heart race. First found via Colossal.










Thursday, April 20, 2017

Color Poem #9



on a california day in the spring
the sky is a paler yet deeper
blue than you expected
a forget-me-not shade with
white behind it and the
hills are a light bright
green so vivid it nearly glows

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

My PW Soapbox Essay

The April 17 issue of PW 

I am very honored to gotten to write a piece for Publisher's Weekly's Soapbox column -- a spot for writers with something to get off their chests. 

My essay is about retiring the term "coffee table book," because when we say that what we really tend to mean are art books that sit around our houses being used as items of interior decor and thus gathering dust, rather than actually taking them out and looking at the art inside. Both as an art book editor and as the author of a soon-to-be-released book on how art can make you happy (called, funnily enough, How Art Can Make You Happy), this is a subject near and dear to my heart.

You can read my piece online here, or take a peek below at how it will appear in the print issue.


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

HAMILTON!


We saw Hamilton in San Francisco the other night, and it is truly not overstating the case to say it was one of the most exciting, magical, and transformative pieces of theater -- or, really, pieces of anything -- that I have ever seen. So thrillingly physical! (I know the music word for word but could not begin to anticipate all the wonders of staging, costumes, dance, and lighting). So fast-paced! (much faster than the cast album, I feel certain). So surprisingly funny (all sorts of laughs I did not see coming). Of course one misses the original cast one knows and loves from the recording, but the new cast was utterly fantastic in their own fresh way. I was, quite literally, bouncing up and down on the edge of my seat for much of the performance. Plus there were girls doing Schuyler sisters cos-play in the lobby. And I nerdily bought a tee-shirt and wore it to work the next day (something I haven't done since I saw R.E.M. in concert about 25 years ago). Just... damn. Inspiration of the very highest order.