Viennese Opera Ball

New Article on Medium about The 64th Viennese Opera Ball

So I have posted a new article on Medium, a site I’ve never used before, about my experiences at the 64th Viennese Opera Ball. I was invited by a dear friend who’s an Austrian Countess. What a gorgeous gala! Filled with music, song, fashion, and delectable food. Not to mention the fascinating people I encountered.  I loved the ball and enjoyed myself immensely. It was the most beautiful pageantry! It was truly a treat and I recommend it. Read all Read more…

Asanas, a poem by Traci L. Slatton

ASANASby Traci L. SlattonMy hat warned of twisting postures breathlessness an old rag, really, but after a quarter century imbued with my fondness. It was suddenly gone, vanished  as if it had never been yet it was  full of my cranium, and my hair, and various  dreams that had rattled through while it wore me A pair of sunglasses featured  in favorite photos, me kissing my little daughter growing in front of my eyes asking to board away at a Read more…

Best of 2018 by Traci L. Slatton

2018 was a helluva year. This is my personal, highly idiosyncratic take on the Best of 2018. I hope you enjoy the list and I hope it inspires you. Best Movie: A Star Is Born. I cried like a baby at the end. Love always contains loss, love and loss nest inside each other like Russian matryoshka dolls. And how great was the music? Best Book I read: The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work by John Gottman, PhD. This was Read more…

My Article in Quillette Magazine: Art, Commerce, and Vision

Quillette Magazine published my article on why artists aren’t necessarily leftist: “Art, Commerce, and Vision.” If you don’t know Quillette, check it out! It’s an online platform for free speech. Here’s what I wrote my friends: I am delighted to send you my article on Quillette Magazine. It’s about why artists aren’t necessarily Left-wing. I write about Sabin and his work and broach, yes, the question of what real art is. Hint: “Real art is the product of the personal, Read more…

film Colette

Colette, A Review

On a recent Saturday, my husband and I enjoyed date night at the Paris Theater. We watched the film Colette. I’m a novelist and so the film held a special resonance for me. It’s always intriguing for me to see how other women do it–how other women wrestle with the great fanged beast of their need to write–how other women embrace the struggle of creativity and storytelling alongside the demands of partnership and self-actualization. For me, there is no self Read more…

Bust of Ceres by Sabin Howard

Art and Representation

Representation My husband Sabin Howard can sculpt. Think Carpeaux, Canova, or Augustus Saint-Gaudens. Think Michelangelo. He says, “Art represents us. How do we want to be represented?” It’s a fair question, and answering it leads me to all the reasons I’m not a post-modernist. Boiling it down, I believe in transcendence and immanence, meaning and responsibility, the integrity of the individual, and free and unfettered thinking. Ultimately, I believe in beauty, excellence, and the artist’s skill. So it is with Read more…