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Threshold

If I could, I'd take you with me to one of my favorite places on the planet: Laity Lodge, in the hill country of Texas, along the Frio River.I've been there many times in the past several years — to read, to write, to teach, to wander, to retreat — and I have discovered why artists from Madeleine L'Engle to Frederick Buechner to Over the Rhine to Terrence Malick have cherished it as a source of inspiration, contemplation, and solace for decades.Since I can't walk alongside that river with … [Read more...]

Auralia’s Colors… Revealed!

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I'm always grateful to hear people's thoughts about Auralia's Colors or its sequels.Some responses are familiar and kind: "I haven't read your book, but I'm going to." Thanks! No pressure.Some make my day: "I read Auralia's Colors!" All the way to the end? Wow. I'm relieved!I'm especially grateful when it turns out that they've read Auralia's Colors and its sequels.When they've read them all in order? That's a rare and wonderful thing.Some responses challenge me to remain s … [Read more...]

Best Painting Ever?

Thanks to a Tweet from Peter Suderman, here's the best painting ever... … [Read more...]

Auralia’s Artist: A Conversation with Kristopher K. Orr

Recently, I wrote a whole article about my gratitude for the work of Kristopher Orr, the visionary who crafted the cover art for The Auralia Thread.That gave me an idea: Why not do an interview with Kristopher about his work?So here it is, a conversation with the man who made Auralia stand out beautifully on bookshelves everywhere...Where did you first develop an interest in illustration? … [Read more...]

Today’s Favorite: Breakthroughs in Big-Screen Visual Artistry

The Wizard of Oz enchanted audiences with a wonderland of color that made moviegoing more vivid and exuberantly engaging. When Star Wars opened in 1977, it represented a giant leap forward in the art of visual effects and sound effects. Tron gave us an aesthetic experience through computers that was unlike anything we'd seen before. With Toy Story, the world of feature animation changed.Recently, I've seen three films that I think should be included on any list of groundbreaking, pioneering … [Read more...]

Andrew Wyeth, remembered by Michael Kimmelman

The famous American painted Andrew Wyeth died today at 91.Kimmelman writes:Wyeth gave America a prim and flinty view of Puritan rectitude, starchily sentimental, through parched gray and brown pictures of spooky frame houses, desiccated fields, deserted beaches, circling buzzards and craggy-faced New Englanders. A virtual Rorschach test for American culture during the better part of the last century, Wyeth split public opinion as vigorously as, and probably even more so than, any other … [Read more...]

Are Movies Increasing Your “Capacity to See”?

At Long Pauses, Darren Hughes has posted a quote that I want to share with you here. (Thank you, Darren.) The main problem with narrative in film is that when you become emotionally involved, it becomes difficult to see picture as picture. Of course, the laughing and crying and suspense can be a positive element, but it's oddly nonvisual and gradually destroys your capacity to see.-- Michael Snow, speaking to Scott MacDonald, A Critical Cinema, Vol. 2 That's beautiful. It expresses … [Read more...]


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