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DO IT—TWELVE LESSONS FROM TWENTY YEARS IN THE ARTS | LESSON 10: COMMENCEMENTS 

September 2019 marks the twentieth anniversary of Jay’s decision to become a writer. His gift to you all this celebratory year is DO IT – Twelve hard lessons on learning by failing, succeeding by accident, never giving up and saying FXXK WRITING all at the same time. You’re welcome! Years ago, a colleague argued that […]

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FXXK WRITING: DO IT — TWELVE LESSONS FROM TWENTY YEARS IN THE ARTS [LESSON 9: DREAMS AND REALITIES]

September 2019 marks the twentieth anniversary of Jay’s decision to become a writer. His gift to you all this celebratory year is DO IT – Twelve hard lessons on learning by failing, succeeding by accident, never giving up and saying FXXK WRITING all at the same time. You’re welcome! • • • “Pardon me for […]

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DO IT—TWELVE LESSONS FROM TWENTY YEARS IN THE ARTS: LESSON 8: IN UNCERTAIN TIMES

September 2019  marks the twentieth anniversary of Jay’s decision to become a writer. His gift to you all this celebratory year is DO IT – Twelve hard lessons on learning by failing, succeeding by accident, never giving up and saying FXXK WRITING all at the same time. You’re welcome! * * * A pandemic is […]

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FXXK WRITING: DO IT 6 — WHY?

September 2019  marks the twentieth anniversary of Jay’s decision to become a writer. His gift to you all this celebratory year is DO IT – Twelve hard lessons on learning by failing, succeeding by accident, never giving up and saying FXXK WRITING all at the same time. You’re welcome! # You always need a why […]

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FXXK WRITING: DO IT—TWELVE LESSONS FROM TWENTY YEARS IN THE ARTS [LESSON 4: BE GRATEFUL]

September 2019  marks the twentieth anniversary of Jay’s decision to become a writer. His gift to you all this celebratory year is DO IT – Twelve hard lessons on learning by failing, succeeding by accident, never giving up, and saying FXXK WRITING all at the same time. You’re welcome!  # In the wake of the […]

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Interview with Aishah Ojibara

A few months ago, we received a little story called “How to Win a Pulitzer.” It percolated its way to the top of the slush pile and landed in our monthly winnowing discussion. As the term implies, winnowed stories are the choicest kernels of wheat left behind after the less-desirable chaff has been blown away. […]

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FXXK WRITING DO IT—TWELVE LESSONS FROM TWENTY YEARS IN THE ARTS | LESSON 2: FOLLOW THE FEAR

September 2019 marks the twentieth anniversary of Jay’s decision to become a writer. His gift to you all this celebratory year is DO IT – Twelve hard lessons on learning by failing, succeeding by accident, never giving up and saying FXXK WRITING all at the same time. You’re welcome!  * * * Compromise is the […]

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FXXK WRITING: CAUTIONARY TALE 12 – THE END

For the past twelve months, the author of this column attempted to write from the perspective of the inner mind of a writer as they consider the vagaries and sundries of their craft and career. If one reads each and every one of the last eleven entries, an unintended pattern emerged. The recurring note was […]

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FXXK WRITING CAUTIONARY TALE 11: SUICIDE AND THE WORKING WRITER

There is a monster inside you. Created by fear, desperation, and spite, it has saved your life more than once. It is validated by the economic system that owns your material well-being. It has been made a virtue by liberators and oppressors. Monsters can be heroes or villains. They save lives and take them. But […]

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FXXK WRITING: CAUTIONARY TALE 9 – THE DOOM OF MEDIOCRITY

Clearing out the office, you unpack old report cards from public school. A memory twitches about those days. And now, it is empirically validated. You were nothing special.   At your best, average, and sometimes not that good. Math, often. Spelling, always. You found basic tasks like tying shoes and complicated ones like literacy challenging. […]

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