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In Praise of Restroom Graffiti

I hope you all have had a happy holiday season so far, and that you have gotten an opportunity to spend some quality time with the people you love–especially those people that you don’t necessarily get to see that often. I’ve been back home in Georgia for a few days now. I had not been…

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Tonight, I Am Offended

I won’t keep you long tonight. I’ve just got something on my brain. It probably won’t make a ton of sense, but here goes. I wrote my master’s thesis on the work of Salman Rushdie. I did not write directly about his most famous work, The Satanic Verses, but I definitely did read them. I…

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Gina West’s Sexy Cowboys

Welcome to another very special installment of Virtual Napkins. This week, we will be chatting with author Gina West whose novel, The Long Way Home, has just been released by Pandamoon Publishing. I met Gina about a year ago when she was running a flash-fiction contest on her blog. One of my stories won second-prize in…

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Who Is Sia?

Note: This is the third part of a three-part discussion on the role that artist biography plays in our consumption of art. Find Part 1, ‘Art and the Artist,’ here. Find Part 2, ‘In Defense of Robin Thicke,’ here. You know her voice. I promise that you’ve heard it. Even if you’re not a fan…

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In Defense of Robin Thicke

Note: This is the second part of a three-part discussion on the role that artist biography plays in our consumption of art. Find Part 1, ‘Art and the Artist,’ here. Robin Thicke may be the most unpopular “pop musician” making music right now, a somewhat surprising career development since we couldn’t escape his “Blurred Lines”…

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Art and the Artist, Part 1

I write. I’ve debated the validity of this statement in the past, and I’ve decided–based on desire, publications, and output–that I am a writer. I also consider a readership to be (kind of) important in that. I’m not saying that one needs to be listed on the New York Times Best Sellers list, but I…