Autopsy for the Arts

William Deresiewicz’s new book “The Death of the Artist” shows why it’s so hard to make a living making art today.

Tales from the traumatic edge

As things fall apart, Keith Rosson’s collection “Folk Tales for Trauma Surgeons” asks readers to hold out hope.

Chelsea Bieker, on her way

Chelsea Bieker cuts a striking figure as she makes her way into a coffee shop in Portland’s Foster-Powell neighborhood on a recent Sunday morning. It is impossible not to notice how put together she is, rather apart from the folks already gathered there who adorn themselves in sweatshirts and wind-breakers and general day-off, will-it-or-won’t-it-rain gear. […]

A lioness of the mind

I have been reading the many tributes to Ursula K. Le Guin, my friend of 52 years, who died on Monday at age 88, and they are, mostly, wonderful. They make me remember my own reactions to her work, as novelist, poet, teacher, feminist rabble-rouser, and performer (something I’ve not seen mentioned). On Facebook, people […]