I. On November 6th the world lost a rare & precious woman, Judith Kitchen. She was the rare person who’s heart & brain were equally large. She was generous, kind, and critical in the best way. She thought more & more quickly than anyone else I’ve yet to encounter. I recommend reading all of her books. Poems, novels, & nonfiction alike. But if you are only going to choose one book, make it The Circus Train. And while you wait for your copy to arrive, read her essay “Uncertainty”. It was the first thing I heard her read aloud and the room stopped breathing while she read. Read more about Judith here, here, & here.
V. Beth Gilstrap addresses depression, vulnerability, risk & writing on Superstition Review’s blog. “No one had to tell me we told ourselves stories in order to live. We all made something. Grandpa with his carvings. Grandma with her sewing…”
XI. Slow down in a museum, they are “restorative environments.” Be you in the museum to see it best. Stephanie Rosenbloom’s look at The Art of Slowing Down in a Museum at the NYT is worth reading before your next trip to the museum or gallery.
XII. And if you need some new art to look at, check out Lily Stockman’s paintings which are ethereally earthy & revolutionarily repetitious (featured above). I so wish I could get to Los Angeles to see her exhibition Women (read more about it here).
XIII. I will end with this beautiful passage from Judith Kitchen’s The Circus Train: “There were two, as in any good story where people revolve around each other. Two cups and two plates. Two differing dreams. Two ways of measuring the future. Every sentence reminded her of the lack of the verb to be. Every sentence she spoke cut off at the point of projection.”