And Finally, Thanks To Winter

Winter’s about to strike again and I’m excited. It’s almost March and we’re expecting 11 inches along the Wisconsin-Illinois border. The approach of snow and falling temps focuses the mind like few things can. I’m writing this in stages, while panic-buying groceries, because I can’t predict when I’ll be able to leave the house again.… Continue reading And Finally, Thanks To Winter

Embrace Rejection

The following work is a transcript of the keynote speech for Rock Valley College’s 35th Annual Writing Awards Ceremony, delivered by WNIJ broadcaster and author Dan Klefstad (Shepherd & the Professor). Congratulations in advance to the writers who will be recognized tonight. I look forward to reading your work and sharing the stage with you… Continue reading Embrace Rejection

The Disjunction Between Fame & Creativity In Art

Our social structural theory of fame departs from prior work on fame which argues that fame is driven by creativity. (Banerjee & Ingram) §.00 Fame and creativity have a instinctive association. It is thought that, for artists, as a general rule, the more creative they are, the more famous they will be. Evidence, however, does… Continue reading The Disjunction Between Fame & Creativity In Art

Art+ificiality: Machine Creativity & Its Critics

  §. In Sean D. Kelly's, A philosopher argues that an AI can't be an artist, the author, at the outset, declares: "Creativity is, and always will be, a human endeavour." (S. D. Kelly) A bold claim, one which can hardly be rendered sensible without first defining 'creativity,' as the author well realizes, writing: "Creativity… Continue reading Art+ificiality: Machine Creativity & Its Critics

Writing Prompt 9/29/18 – Innovation

#1 "Political power is fundamentally escalatory, my friend, and thus, subservient to innovation. The strong rule the weak but the clever rule the strong." #2 Malitz smiled and danced with delight as he finished out the equation. They said it couldn't be done - the cure for aging, here at last! #3 She watched the birds… Continue reading Writing Prompt 9/29/18 – Innovation

Writing Prompt 9/22/18 – Obsession

#1 No matter the time of day, his thoughts turned ever to the case, to that fragile, crumpled body lying at the base of the willow... #2 Her idee fixe compelled her to follow him, despite the racing of her heart, rattling in her chest like the war drums of some agued god... #3 "You're… Continue reading Writing Prompt 9/22/18 – Obsession

Writing Prompts 9/15/18 – “Nature”

#1 "Nature," the old man said, "Is merely that which humans ain't yet tinkering with." #2 The tarantula hawk flipped over on its back and stung the tarantula til paralysis and then started dragging it, paused and bit off its eight hoary legs, sucked the blood til dry and, now finding its quarry much lighter,… Continue reading Writing Prompts 9/15/18 – “Nature”