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Anthology: Ten Years of TQ – Janet Sternburg

Thank You, Janet Sternburg, 2009, San Miguel de Allende
 

I wish I could remember how I first heard about Times Quotidian. I do remember saying to myself, “Wow, this sounds like something unique and visionary – I wonder if they’d be interested in my writing for it.” They of course was Nancy Cantwell, editor extraordinaire, and she opened the door to what became a stream of my essays bringing together words, images, and music, on photography, films, books, artists, history, time and memory. 

But none of that last sentence nails what’s special about TQ, because it divides my essays into categories. The whole point for me is that I’ve been able to leap over categories. Key to my experience with TQ has been the welcoming of links among art, politics and philosophy, in order to discover something new. And to have fun following one’s own mind, for example with Automotive, where I let myself roam freely into something between film criticism and a poem. TQ has been a gift of unique creative freedom, and I will miss it. Along the way with TQ, I’ve met a band of sensibilities — the cohort of contributors — whose work I admire and respect. TQ has been catalyst, diving board, and a home for myself and others. I am honored to be part of it, then and now.   — Janet Sternburg
 
Editors Note: Janet Sternburg approached me close to the beginning of this great adventure. I do remember the first time Janet approached me about contributing to TQ and her complete enthusiasm for the project. Janet really got it. Janet’s writings are not just eclectic in range, but there’s a breadth of deep interest that she delves into with a serious heart and keen eye. She makes connections previously left unseen and unsung. Please take your time and savor the merits of her insights. 
 
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Thank You For Looking
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A word broke in two the other day, right in front of my eyes.
A familiar word: automotive
becoming
auto
motive,
breaking into unfamiliar meanings: auto (self); motive (reason for acting).

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He is performing himself.

 

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