I’ve logged more experience than most with simplicity and the complexity you discover inside simplicity, minimalism and asocial behavior, endurance and landscape.
Here is the truth: I think some deep wisdom inside me (a) sensed the stress, (b) was terrified for me, and (c) gave me something new and hard to focus on in order to prevent me from lapsing into a despair coma — and also to keep me from having a jelly jar of wine in my hand.
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Andrew Boyd is the author of Daily Afflictions and Life’s Little Deconstruction Book and is finishing work on Pilgrimage to Nowhere, a travelogue of his skeptic’s journey around the world. He cofounded Agit-Pop Communications, an award-winning “subvertising” agency, and for a decade led the satirical media campaign Billionaires for Bush. He lives in New York City.
Krista Bremer lives in Carrboro, North Carolina.
Chase Dressler is the pseudonym of a writer living in Colorado with his lovely wife, their fat dog, and even fatter cat.
Chloë Gladstone lives in Oakland, California, where she works from home as a copywriter and copyeditor for Scholastic, a publisher of children’s literature, so her bedroom is piled high with children’s books. She once wrote her own children’s story, about a baby stingray, and though it has yet to be published, it made her sister laugh so hard she cried.
Jeff Gundy is the author of the poetry collection Spoken among the Trees and the nonfiction book Walker in the Fog: On Mennonite Writing. He lives in northwest Ohio and teaches at Bluffton University, where a large group of turkey vultures gathers atop the main classroom building. His oldest son just completed a marathon, which revived his own interest in running, or at least plodding.
Hermann Hesse (1877–1962) was a German-Swiss novelist and poet whose work explored nature and the search for meaning beyond the confines of society. His best-known novels include Steppenwolf, Siddhartha, and The Glass Bead Game, for which he won the 1946 Nobel Prize in Literature.
Dana Kletter trained as a classical pianist, then got kicked out of music school and joined a punk-rock band. A few years later she formed a group with her twin sister that performed “folk music from a country that doesn’t exist.” She now lives in San Francisco, where she still plays music, but her writing comes first.
D. Patrick Miller writes regularly for the online journal Elephant and is the founder of Fearless Books and Fearless Literary Services. His latest book is Living with Miracles: A Common-Sense Guide to A Course in Miracles. He lives in Berkeley, California.
Linda McCullough Moore is doing headstands and sending up flares to herald the publication of her new collection of stories, This Road Will Take Us Closer to the Moon, a book that she says comes highly recommended by the author. She lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.
James Carroll’s first love was baseball. He pursues his second love (photography) in New York City.
William Carter’s latest book is a retrospective titled Causes and Spirits. He lives in Los Altos Hills, California, and he took this month’s cover photograph in 1965 while on assignment for Life magazine to photograph Kurdish rebel fighters in Iraq. The man in the photo was a village elder sympathetic to the cause.
Radek Cermak lives in Prague, Czech Republic.
Sharon Hennessey is a photographer and painter who has exhibited her work in New York and San Francisco, where she lives.
Jason Innes lives with his wife and three children in Longmont, Colorado.
Gary Matson’s work has been shown at the Queens Museum of Art. He lives in Sunnyside, New York, and likes to take pictures because it gets him out of the house.
Sandro Michahelles lives in Florence, Italy.
G. Alan Myers likes to cook up a mean spaghetti Bolognese when he’s not working on new portraits. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Rose Oubre lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and has a bad habit of forgetting what she was saying midsentence.
Michele Russell was first published when her sixth-grade Halloween tale was chosen as the feature story for her school’s “newspaper.” She is a writer, painter, and photographer living in Stamford, Connecticut.
Ted Seymour lives in Fort Bragg, California, but often rents his home to vacationers and travels to other corners of the globe. He is happiest when he’s not tethered to technology.
Linda Smogor lives in Homer, Alaska, which is often referred to as the “End of the Road” but is also lovingly called the “Cosmic Hamlet by the Sea.”
Suzi Q. Varin is a photographer, skater, sudoku addict, and late-blooming cook who lives with her husband in the great state of Texas. Her work has been featured in Southern Living, Town and Country, and Exquisite Weddings.
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