Dorothea Lange’s Unforgettable Social Truths

You don’t want to miss Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning, which premieres this Friday, August 29, on PBS’s American Masters series. You probably know Lange’s work from her photograph “Migrant Mother,” taken in 1936 at a pea picker’s camp in Nipomo, CA. The photo of a migrant working mother, stranded with children in […]

Women Writers Still Need a Room of Their Own

I had been longing to go back to Abiquiu, New Mexico, where I had the remarkable experience of visiting the artist Georgia O’Keeffe in 1973. I finally got my chance this past month through the generosity of A Room Of Her Own Foundation, which awarded me an artist-in-residence grant (I create “artist’s books”). AROHO, as […]

hanging out with bell hooks in kentucky

Ten years or so ago, I heard bell hooks speak at Berea College as a visiting scholar. Her lecture, about why You’ve Got Mail was a deeply cynical movie, struck a cord. Although I wasn’t the pert blond owner of an independent bookstore (played by Meg Ryan in this version), I had run an independent […]