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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 … [Read more...]


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). I had been thinking about a film I adored but didn’t quite understand. Auto motive: a key? The self is the reason, the motor for acting Acting? In the film Holy Motors, a man has a reason for acting, a motive, a motor. He is performing himself. A film in which a man is running, in black and white, first one way, then running back. He is a silent movie. A man who is only automotive. A man as made by Jules Marey, the man who ‘began’ cinema, who began the phases of movement of the moon of cinematography, a man who captured motion as later in … [Read more...]