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Attacus Atlas & Other Inventions: Art as Solace, Art as Inspiration


I may have talked about this before, and so I apologize if I am repeating myself. I still believe that art saved my writing life. The first year after the 2010 police raid on my home was a tumultuous time and I spent the year corralling the family and weathering the media storm. About a month after my husband had been dismissed from his job, a good friend approached me and asked how my writing was going. I confided to her that I couldn’t write anymore. She talked with me for a while and gave me instructions. I had to watch Julie & Julia, based on the real life story of writer Julie Powell who cooked a recipe out of Julia Child’s famous cookbook every day for a year; and I was to check out the work of a famous local artist, Pamela Willis, who was doing a public “artaday” project – painting a canvas every day and posting it on social media, to hold herself publicly accountable.


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