Bill Henson and censorship in Australia

Consider the experience of Bill Henson last year. This exquisite photographer, one of Australia’s foremost artists, was forced to shut down his show on the day it was meant to open. Photographs were seized and impounded by police, who threatened to charge him as a child pornographer. Throughout the subsequent media furore, everyone weighed in–even the Prime Minister, who called Henson’s photographs “absolutely revolting”. ...more

What makes for good writing? by Adair Jones

What makes for good writing? There are a thousand ways to go about answering this question. One might offer examples—Shakespeare, George Eliot, Virginia Woolf. These are writers who have produced good writing. But listing them doesn’t get at why they are good. And it offers no help to the writer who is wondering how to produce something striking, original, and moving. ...more

3 Big Giveaways On SolaisPhoto

I'm hosting several giveaways.  Come comment and see if you can win! Colin Cowie's Wedding Chic book:  http://www.solaisphoto.net/2009/01/bloggie-giveaway-3-colin-cowies-weddi... One Fine Art Print on Velvet Paper:  http://www.solaisphoto.net/2009/01/bloggy-giveaway-2-art-print/ One Standard Portrait Session and a Digital Media Package:  http://www.solaisphoto.net/2009/01/bloggy-giveaway-1-portrait-session/   The giveaways end Feb 2nd ... come leave your comments and get a chance to win! ...more

“The smoker’s imagined lover laments . . . “

In the middle of their conversation, he reaches into his pocket and pulls out a pack of cigarettes. With a practised tap-tap, he places one between his lips, smiles at her. A flaming match is protected by the cave of his hands. When he leans over to light the cigarette, the tender place at the back of his neck is exposed. ...more

Kiss of the Demon King Book Review *Kresley Cole*

Kiss of the Demon King Book Review *Kresley Cole* I must say that Kiss of the ...more

"Praise Song for the Day" Reloaded (Attack of the Inaugural Poem)

With most Americans, I watched the inauguration ceremonies of President Barack Obama last Tuesday. At times I wept. At others, grinned like the Cheshire cat. And, being a poet, I paid attention to Elizabeth Alexander as she recited her poem "Praise Song for the Day," written for the inauguration. I paid attention, but knew I'd have to find the video and text, sit somewhere, and be still before forming an opinion. ...more
I have forgotten most of it, but I did recognize what Alexander was doing. There were certainly ...more

Picture It: What Does Love Look Like?

"I found a picture of you. Those were the happiest days of my life." The Pretenders What does love look like  - to you?   (Sometimes love looks like Union Square during a certain very special gathering of women in the summer.)  ...more

What a great post.

I actually have a photo of my husband before we knew we were going ...more

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Movie Review

Last night I saw the Oscar nominated movie, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. This is a movie based on the short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Most of you probably already know the plot, about a man who is born in his eighties and as he grows older, his body grows young to where he will die as a baby. The tagline they use for this movie- “Life isn’t measured in minutes, but in moments”, becomes so important for the way Benjamin lives his life. ...more