NPR's Sandra Tsing Loh came into our studio to discuss her theatre piece "Madwoman in the Volvo", playing at the Berkeley Rep. We talk about Burning Man, marriage, and how icky it is when a torrid affair turns into regular ol' love.
I visit Maria Forde at her garage studio in the San Francisco Mission before heading to State Space gallery where we speak with Chris Thorson, whose sculptures are exhibited alongside Forde's drawings. Forde, Thorson, and I talk art, reproduction, and not wanting people to feel alone.
"For 29 days I told the world (or 70,000 viewers, who might all be the same person) about my experiences of sexual assault and harassment. I wrote about violations that occurred in public and private, in crowds and on couches...All had pulled a thread - sometimes many - from the fabric of my ability to trust, which is also the ability to love."
"Your friends and loved ones are obsessed with this story of David Heti boarding a train or a bus and getting off halfway to the destination...So what's this about? What's the real story?”
"The idea that Indigenous women are not 'rooted' and exist outside of dominant social mores has long been present in the Canadian colonial context...The wild 'squaw' [sic] was placed under government-instituted pass systems that denied her the right to travel, supposedly to protect white towns from her 'immoral' influence.' (in Swedish)
"...perhaps a Russian Doll is the perfect container: it contains itself and is self-contained, containing a replica of itself containing a replica of itself..."
I contributed a mixed media ice sculpture based on the track Vanessa from the award-winning album The Happiness Project by Charles Spearin to the Artist Bloc installation for POP Montreal 2009. See me get shy at about 0:30 in this video and hug the inimitable Spearin at around 1:25.
"Westerners often show ambivalence toward scarring - fascinated by decorative scars on 'other' (foreign or stranger) bodies, but repulsed by those on our own."
"As a mother, a birth activist, and a writer, editing birth stories fulfills me. Deeply. Perhaps it’s because no two stories are the same or because they narrate one of the most powerful human experiences. Maybe I like to siphon endorphins off the ecstasy and intensity they describe."
Christy's entering a nurse-midwifery master's program in January and I keep telling people I lured a nice nurse over to the placenta-eating dark side.