On Finishing “The War of Art”

So 24 hours later, I'm through Steven Pressfield's The War of Art.  Without looking back at my notes and highlights, here are the take-aways for me, the specifics the little voice inside me is urging me to pay attention to. Stop speculating about art's mysteries.  Be a craftsman.  Make the work.  Every day.  The mysteries …

A Brief Note On “The War of Art”

How do you define a critic?  I don't remember where I first heard it, but here's the definition I use, though frankly, until recently, I'd forgotten it. "A critic mediates between an artist and his work." Yesterday, I got a note about the latest draft of the my current project.  It wasn't a note I …

The Sacred Mystery of Each

"Every person is a sacred mystery."  A few years back, Ron Austin caught my attention with this little statement in a brief talk at Act One: Screenwriting for Hollywood.   He was reminding us that each person has an essential beauty and mystery, and that to see each person we meet as sacrament is to heighten the …

Hunting for Books: Lead Me To A Good One

There were hundreds of books, and as always, the stakes were high.  But you can't think about it that way.  Who wants to remember that every single time you read a book, you--and the world--change? Choosing a book is like choosing anything these days.   There are uncountable choices, and we are given that crazy …

A Call for Syllabus Ideas

The title of the university class is this: The Arts and Culture: A Christian Aesthetic.   It’s in January, is one week long, 8-5 for five days straight, beginning Monday, and there’s a two-three hour final on Friday afternoon.   I’ve been teaching this class for ten years, a couple of years on my own, and the …