Why Write? #22: Weston Cutter

Why Write? #22: Weston Cutter

    Early this week I was reprimanded by a lifeguard at the YMCA for having knocked overly aggressively on the locked door between the showers and the pool. It was 1:05pm, and the door should’ve been open for Family/Lap Swim. I knocked loudly, twice,...
Why Write? #21: Coley Gallagher

Why Write? #21: Coley Gallagher

    I write for attention. I so wanted a purer, nobler, more literary reason–an inextinguishable artistic fire, that I would combust were it not for my beloved words, the melodic sentence, my lifeblood. Not me. While I work my tail off to get the...
Why Write? #20: Matthew Lippman

Why Write? #20: Matthew Lippman

    You have to manage love through sound. It has to be something that comes into your consciousness without consciousness. It’s the only recourse, the only action, the only thing that matters. When you are cooking the eggs, watering the gardenias, tending...
Why Write? #19: Angela Patten

Why Write? #19: Angela Patten

    When we were kids growing up in Ireland, my mother told us that she had once gone out with a fellow who was an artist. “Why didn’t you marry him, Mammy?” we asked her. “Then we’d all be artists.” My father, who was none too pleased, left the house in a...
Why Write? #18: Joshua Marie Wilkinson

Why Write? #18: Joshua Marie Wilkinson

  Or: A Hollow Little Nimbus of Grime: How I Made Certain of My Poems     The artist R. Crumb has talked about how he got a friend to drive him around Berkeley one day so that he could make sketches of telephone lines and electrical, industrial...
Why Write? 17: Tracy Thomas

Why Write? 17: Tracy Thomas

    For me it’s about punching a hole through the crust of things to get to that whatever-it-is. Some writers whisper to it sweetly to coax it out, and there’s all the other ways in between. We’re connected to it way down, something we’ve met...
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