An Unsentimental Education

Having grown up in a large Mormon family, I can bear testimony (as a good Mormon might put it on Sundays) that advising a teenager not to attend Brigham Young University because the socialist professors there will corrupt you, would be exceedingly rare. Yet that incident ranks low on the […] Continue reading »

New Library Opens in Seattle

A large stunning space within Seattle’s Pike Place Market is now graced by Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum, a membership-based library. Located on the top floor of a Market building at 1st Ave. and Pike Street, the library features book-laden shelves, comfortable reading chairs, work tables for members’ own writing projects, […] Continue reading »

Identity Politics and Fictional Characters

[First a word from our sponsors. Visiting Cezanne, a new play of mine about artistic struggle, is currently running in Seattle. Audience response has been embracing. In case you are near Seattle and might wish to see it, four performances remain.] If you do catch Visiting Cezanne one thing you won’t […] Continue reading »

Free Speech Under Fire

Free speech is suffering collateral damage during America’s culture wars. Of late, theatre has been drug onto that battlefield, taking artillery fire from the far left of the political landscape. The Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement, an anti-Israel group, tried to pressure Lincoln Center in New York to cancel the […] Continue reading »