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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...]

The Ambidextrous Artist

The Photograph and Text, An Inquiry My fascination with words and images began when I was a teenager and encountered I Am A Lover, a book of photographs by Jerry Stoll with accompanying quotations selected from various sources by writer Evan S Connell, Jr.. For me, living a provincial life on the East Coast, I was enchanted by these black and white photographs of bohemian life in the San Francisco of the fifties -- poets reading their work, jazz musicians in clubs, artists’ studios, street life, photographed not as documentation but as smoky evocation. And then to read, next to, above, under, on the opposite page, words that were sometimes humorous, sometimes lyrical, always apposite and oblique to the image —this was revelation. … [Read more...]