A Conversation With Hemingway*

Edward Hopper New York Office painting
Edward Hopper “New York Office”

A few weeks ago a coworker and I headed back to the office together after an offsite meeting.

His name was Hemingway*, after the writer he said, but his livelihood was in film. The short, thirty second variety – TV Commercials – TVCs or “spots,” as the industry has designated. He was an accomplished but not quite famous freelance director.  Continue reading “A Conversation With Hemingway*”

New Business

Edward Hopper "Office in a Small City"
Working Title/Artist: Edward Hopper: Office in a Small City Department: Modern Art Culture/Period/Location: HB/TOA Date Code: Working Date: photography by mma 1979/89, transparency #11ad scanned and retouched by film and media (jn) 5_16_07

“I like my job.”

Really? You do? Betty….is that you?

I’m surprised too. A month an a half in, I’ve grown somewhat more comfortable with those words.

I like my job.  Continue reading “New Business”

Déjà Vu: 5 Years Later and I’m Still Not a Writer

Author John Cheever at home in Ossining, NY in 1979. Photo from nytimes.com. 

I wanted to share how my thesis review went and then realized… in a way, I already did it five years ago. I mentioned here that the actual meeting went well, but only because when you’re sitting in front of the professors, it’s hard for them to say, as was implied in their written comments, “Well, it was just awful.” Continue reading “Déjà Vu: 5 Years Later and I’m Still Not a Writer”

How to Win Friends and Influence People Like My Mother Does

My mother has a boyfriend.

“His name is José,” she says, slowing pulling the car into the parking lot of the golf club in the hills behind our house. We are headed for the driving range. “I wonder if he’ll be there today. He always drives up in his little maintenance cart and goes, ‘Ooooliviaaaaa! Ooooliviaaaa!’ And then he gives me free balls.”

“Why?”

She shrugs, “He just likes me a lot.”

Continue reading “How to Win Friends and Influence People Like My Mother Does”

A Surprising Thing I Learned After Moving in Together

We couldn't have done it without you, IKEA.

I used to think those people who sat alone at Starbucks writing on their laptops were pretentious posers. Now I know: They are people who have recently moved in with someone.

                                                                        – Carrie Bradshaw, Sex and the City 

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