posted by Caroline Picard

I found this post a few weeks ago, but now it seems to have been taken down. To that end, I thought I’d direct you to this fellow’s blog and copy and paste what he said about SKETCHES.

Flipping Through Sketches

Posted on December 6, 2008

by Damien Franco


Often times, as almost every artist I know, I find myself in a creative slump.  Perhaps it’s the area that I  live in.  Midland, TX doesn’t seem to inspire me as a contemporary photographer and that may have to do  with me having grown up here, but it shouldn’t stop me.  Still… I find myself in a creative slump.  I don’t think I’ve taken my camera out in a couple weeks which is rare.  Too many excuses.  Too little time.  Too many excuses.  But even when I don’t find myself capturing images, I still spend time looking at photographs.  Reading  books on photography and art really helps me to cope with these down times.  Currently reading (or rather flipping through): Sketches: Organizing Arts edited by Elizabeth Chodos +  Kerry Schneider
Really enjoying so much about it.  It’s a great insight into the creative minds of arts administrators.

Sometimes I feel like I would be a better curator than an artist.  I guess I’m too hard on myself  sometimes.

Edith Wharton

February 28, 2009

posted by Caroline Picard

you can read more about Edith Wharton by going here.


  • 1862 Born, New York City
  • 1878 Publishes Verses, privately
  • 1885 Marries Edward(Teddy)Wharton
  • 1889 Publishes poems in Scribner’s Magazine
  • 1897 Publishes Decoration of Houses, w Ogden Codman
  • 1899 Publishes first stories, Greater Inclination
  • 1902 Publishes first novel, Valley of Decision
  • 1905 Publishes important best seller, House of Mirth
  • 1907 Settles in Paris
  • 1908 Teddy has nervous breakdown
  • 1911 Publishes Ethan Frome
  • 1913 Divorces from Teddy
  • 1913 Publishes Custom of the Country
  • 1914-1918 Devotes time to refugee and charity work in wartorn France
  • 1917 Publishes Summer
  • 1920 Awarded Pulitzer Prize for novel, The Age of Innocence
  • 1923 Receives Yale honorary award of Doctor of Letters
  • 1930 Elected to American Academy of Arts and Letters
  • 1937 Dies of stroke in France
  • from Edith Wharton, a collection of critical essays. Edited by Irving Howe. Prentice-Hall, 1962.


an excerpt from ETHAN FROME

“‘When a man’s been setting round like a hulk for twenty years of more, seeing things that want doing, it eats inter him, and he loses his grit. That Frome farm was always ’bout as bare’s a milkpan when the cat’s been round; and you know what one of them old water-mills is wuth nowadays. When Ethan could sweat over ’em both from sun-up to dark he kinder choked a living out of ’em; but his folks ate up most everything, even then, and I don’t see how he makes out now. Fust his father a kick, out haying, and went soft in the brain, and gave away monely like Bible texts afore he died. This mother got queer and dragged along for years as weak as a baby; and his wife Zeena, she’s always been the greatest hand at doctoring in the county. Sickness and trouble: that’s what Ethan’s had his plate full up with, ever since the very first helping.'”

“The next morning, when I looked out, I saw the hollow-backed bay between the Varnum spruces, and Ethan Frome, throwing back his worn bearskin, made room for me in the sleigh at his side. After that, for a week, he drove me over every morning to Corbury Flats, and on my return in the afternoon met me again and carried me back through the icy night to Starkfeild. The distance each way was barely three miles, but the old bay’s pace was slow, and even with firm snow under the runners we were nearly an hour on the way. Ethan Frome drove in silence, the reins loosely held in his left hand, his brown seamed profile, under the helmet-like eak of the carp, relieved against the banks of snow like thr bronze image of a hero. He never turned his face to mine, or answered, except in monosyllables, the questions I put, or such slight pleasantires as I ventured. He seemed a part of the mute melancholy landscape, an incarnation of its frozen woe, with all that was warm and sentient in him fast bound below the surface; but there was nothing unfriendly in his silence. I simply felt that he lived in a depth of moral isolation too remote for casual access, and I had the sense that his loneliness was not merely the result of his personal plight, tragic as I guessed that to be, but hat in it, as Harmon Gow had hinted, the profound accumulated cold of many Starkfield winters.”

licensing : a preamble

February 28, 2009

posted by Caroline Picard

We got a nice little plug on the TOC blog. I thought I’d post a link here, in case your interested. Apparently the Hyde Park Arts Center is having related problems. You can read more about that here. While I plan to write a longer something explaining what’s going on here at The Green Lantern, I’m not sure what to make of everything. Why are these issues coming up now? Is it in fact because of the city’s need to generate income?

Hope y’all are having a happy Saturday, staying warm and all that-

written by Meredith Kooi

I visited the Krannert Art Museum originally to see the exhibition Polaroids and Portraits:  A Photographic Legacy of Andy Warhol, but I was more impressed with two of the other exhibitions there – Jean Luc Mylayne and Audubon at Illinois:  Selections from the University Library’s Birds of America.

Since 1976, Jean Luc Mylayne and his wife / co-collaborator, Myléne, have been following and photographing birds.  This exhibition features his work from his and his wife’s travels from 2004 through the present in the Fort Davis, Texas area.  The photographs are huge – 4 by 5 feet.  The colors are vibrant and the multiple focal points are interesting and captivating.  Though the subjects of the photographs may be birds, Mylayne is not a wildlife photographer and the birds do not always occupy much of the composition – sometimes you have to actually look for the bird because you know that it has to be there.  His photographs are not just point-and-click, capturing a bird’s flight for moment in time.  They are carefully planned compositions, using a large format camera with a combination of different lenses to create the multiple focal points.

My favorites were No. 300 March April 2005; No. 368, February March 2006; No. 334 April May 2005; No. 335 April May 2005; and No. 336 April May 2005.

In the next gallery space, I was happy to find the Audubon at Illinois exhibition.  This exhibition features John James Audubon’s illustrations of birds in North America. Unlike Mylayne, Audubon was a naturalist and a wildlife illustrator, as per the fact that his Illustrations are scientifically correct.  However, he adds something to the drawings so that the viewer can really feel the bird and not just see it.

I liked the juxtaposition of the two “bird” exhibitions.  Mylayne is not Audubon’s contemporary, but it was nice seeing their work near each other.  Each has an intimate and unique relationship with the birds, and it is apparent in their visual representations of them.  Mylayne focuses on the landscape and the bird’s place within it.  He lives in a landscape for a long period for the birds to become used to him – then he takes the photograph.  Audubon, on the other hand, uses specimens to greater study and understand their nature – then he draws them.  Both place themselves and the viewer within the experience of birds.

Jean Luc Mylayne
January 30 – April 5, 2009

Audubon at Illinois:  Selections from the University Library’s Birds of America
January 30 – May 24, 2009

Both at the Krannert Art Musem at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Pictured are No. 334 April May 2005; No. 335 April May 2005; and No. 336 April May 2005.

You are cordially invited to the Green Lantern this Saturday, February 28th for a screening of THE QUEEN’S TAILOR and an artist talk with Matthew Jinks. At 2pm the screening will begin, with the artist talk starting at 3 pm. THE QUEEN’S TAILOR is a stunning film. You can read more about it in last week’s issue of NewCity, or by going to:

If you can’t make this screening, but would still like to see the show, please contact Caroline Picard via email to schedule a separate appointment:

The Green Lantern Gallery is located at 1511 N Milwaukee ave., on the second floor.

**ALSO** Don’t forget about The Parlor next Tuesday with Terri Kapsalis-

that THE PARLOR is also looking for submissions for their second annual emerging writer’s festival.

posted by Caroline Picard

Karner Blue Estates

February 26, 2009

posted and written by Caroline Picard


Karner Blue Estates

by Rowland Saifi

pub. Black Lodge Press, 2009

As small press publications often go unnoticed, it seems worthwhile to mention them here, when and if they are discovered and particularly if they are worth reading. Recently I came across a small, handsomely (hand)bound book called Karner Blue Estates by Rowland Safi. Published by Black Lodge Press, a small company based out of Chicago, Brooklyn and Northhampton (what times we live in!), they produce beautiful books that feel good to hold and therefore make happy reading companions.

That aside, the book is lovely. The protagonist is a single man who thinks only of his mother (on such occasions when he thinks of other particular relationships). While the mother functions as a kind of blinking satelite, the majority of the main character’s life is taken up with the exploration of other apartments in the apartment block. Having discovered that his key fits and opens all other locks, the protagonist develops a hobby exploring other peoples’ lives, playing the games that they offer (in some cases elaborate LARP-style-choose-your-own-adventure books), consuming their food (they are always absent) and sitting on their various furnitures. Were it not for the strange land lords, Ken and Jim, the life of the story takes place in the wanderings of its tenant, who (as far as I can tell) is never given a name.

Of course the apartment he takes up is racked with eccentricites–a faulty disposal, a single color of ubiquitous paint, no heat etc., and it is those eccentricities that force the tenant out to explore other rooms.

While it did not occur to me until after I’d put the book down, (a signature of good story telling, I feel) I cannot help but imagine this tale to somehow reflect the process of writing itself. The protagonist does not have a name, because in some sense he is the reader, just as the apartments that he visits are uninhabited because he explores as a writer, capable of entering any new place, tasting its fridge and thereby drawing conclusions about its inhabitants.

Aside from being a delight, the book indulges all voyeuristic appetites, thereby transposing the otherwise apparent loneliness of its main character.


Next Week!!! Terri Kapsalis to read at The Parlor Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009 at 7pm

Terri will read an excerpt from The Hysterical Alphabet as well as a new work. Following Terri’s 30 minute reading, she will take questions from the audience.


As always, the event will be recorded and published on-line for your repeated listening pleasure on iTunes and at

Terri is a writer, performer, and cultural critic whose work appears in such publications as Short Fiction, Denver Quarterly, Parakeet, The Baffler, New Formations and Public. She is the author of The Hysterical Alphabet (WhiteWalls) and Public Privates: Performing Gynecology from Both Ends of the Speculum (Duke University Press) and the co-editor of two books related to the musician Sun Ra.  As an improvising violinist, Kapsalis has a discography that includes work with Tony Conrad, David Grubbs, and Mats Gustafsson, and she is a founding member of Theater Oobleck.  She works as a health educator at Chicago Women’s Health Center and teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

All readings take place at The Green Lantern 1511 N. Milwaukee Ave, 2nd Floor


For more information, please visit or contact

The Parlor is a monthly reading series, hosted by Chicago’s Green Lantern and sponsored by Bad At Sports Podcast.

Published by The Cupboard

February 25, 2009

posted by Nick Sarno

Parables & Lies

review by Naomi Henderson


Parables & Lies by Jesse Ball, is the first in a series of publications put forth by The Cupboard in Summer 2008. It is divided into three sections, however I see no obvious change in theme or scenery from one section to the next. This led me to wonder, was that section all lies, all parables, or perhaps both? The book is quite diminutive in size, and each entry is no more than two pages long. Every descriptive scene is like a condensed fairy tale, replete with fantasy, violence and character types, such as “the merchant” and “the seamstress.” In almost every instance, I could imagine these small paragraphs being fleshed out into entire novels. Despite this, I did not find them terse or unfulfilling. The book seemed to be the outpouring of midnight inspirations and potent snapshots. As an example, I will share the entry entitled “The Carriage-Driver” from section Three:

“In the midst of a terrible storm, a carriage comes thundering down a narrow drive, and pulls up at the entrance to a large mansion. The carriage doors are thrown open and a man with a haughty, powerful bearing exits the carriage and goes to the house. Hours pass. The storm is a brutal call from an angry host, and the tree line flails upon the near hills; the mud churns, pounded by the water’s ceaseless assault. Still the carriage driver waits, trembling. He wants to rub the horses with a soft blanket, but he cannot, for the mud about their hooves is too deep now for him to stand in. In fact the carriage has now sunk so that only half of its wheels rise out of the mud. The horses are curiously dead, slumped in their harnesses, unmoving. Soon the mud will cover them. Then and only then will he knock upon the house’s great door. He will not speak when the door is answered, but will simply point, dumbfounded, at the carriage as it sinks from sight.”

Franklin’s Outline

February 25, 2009

posted by Caroline Picard

I came across Benjamin Franklin’s autobiography–it’s kind of an impressive book- it’s only about a quarter inch think. My favorite part, oddly enough, is the very first few pages, that supply his outline. I’m amazed by the even handed way in which he characterizes all the events of his life – each clause demands the same attention and weight.



[Copie d’un Projet tres Curieux de Benjamin Franklin 1 ere Esquisse de ses Memoires. Les additions a l’encre rouge sont de la main de Franklin]

My writing. Mrs. Dogood’s letters. Differences arise between my Brother and me (his temper and mine); their cause in general. His Newspaper. The Prosecution he suffered. My Examination. Vote of Assembly. His manner of evading it. Whereby I become free. My attempt to get employ with other Printers. He prevents me. Our frequent pleadings before our Father. The final Breach. My Inducements to quit Boston. Manner of coming to a Resolution. My leaving him and going to New York (return to eating flesh); thence to Pennsylvania. The journey, and its events on the Bay, at Amboy. The road. Meet with Dr. Brown. His character. His great work. At Burlington. The Good Woman. On the River. My Arrival at Philadelphia. First Meal and first Sleep. Money left. Emloyment. Lodging. First acquaintance with my afterward Wife. With J. Ralph. With Keimer. Their characters. Osborne. Watson. The Govenor takes notice of me. The Occasion and Manner. His character. Offers to set me up. My return to Boston. Voyage and accidents. Reception. My Father dislikes the proposal. I return New York and Philadelphia. Govenor Burnet J. Collins. The Money for Vernon. The Governor’s Deceit. Collins not finding employment goes to Barbados much in my Debt. Ralph and I go to England. Disappointment of Govenor’s Letters. Colonel French his Friend. Cornwallis’s Letters. Cabbin. Denham. Hamilton. Arrival in England. Get employment. Ralph not. He is an expense to me. Adventures in England. Write a Pamphlet and print 100. Schemes. Lyons. Dr. Pemberton. My diligence, and yet poor through Ralph. My Landlady. Her character. Wygate. Wilkes. Cibber. Plays. Books I borrowed. Preachers I heard. Redmayne. At Watt’s. Temperance. Ghost. Conduct and Influence among the Men. Persuaded by Mr. Denham to return with him to Philadelphia and be his clerk. Our voyage and arrival. My resolutions in Writing. My Sickness. His Death. Found D.R. married. Go to work again with Keimer. Terms. His ill usage of me. My Resentment. Saying of Decow. My Friends at Burlington. Agreement with H. Meredith to set up in Partnership. Do so. Success with the Assembly. Hamilton’s Friendship. Sewell’s History. Gazette. Paper money. Webb. Writing Busy Body. Breintnal. Godfrey. His Character. Suit against us. Offer of my Friends, Coleman and Grace. Continue the Business, and M. goes to Carolina. Pamphlet on Paper Money. Gazette from Keimer. Junto credit; its plan and utility. Children. Almanac. The use I made of it. Great industry. Constant study. Father’s Remark and Advice upon Diligence. Carolina Partnership. Learn French and German. Journey to Boston after ten years. Affection of my Brother. His Death, and leaving me his Son. Project of subordinate Juntos. Write occasionally in the papers. Success in Business. Fire companies. Engines. Go again to Boston in 1743. See Dr. Spence. Whitefield. My connection with him. His generosity to me. My returns. Church Differences. My part in them. Propose a College. Not then prosecuted. Propose and establish a Phlisophical Society. War. Electricity. My first knowledge of it. Partnership with D. Hall, &c. Dispute in Assembly upon Defence. Project for it. Plain Battery built. New Castle. My influence in the Council. Colors, Devices, and Mottos. Ladies’ Military Watch. Quakers chosen of the Common Council. Put in the commission of the peace. Logan fond of me. His Library. Appointed Postmaster-General. Chosen Assemblyman. Commissioner to treat with Indians at Carlisle and at Easton. Project and establish Academy. Pamphlet on it. Journey to Boston. At Albany. Plan of union of the colonies. Copy of it. Remarks upon it. It fails, and how. Journey to Boston in 1754. Disputes about it in our Assembly. My part in them. New Govenor. Disputes with him. His character and sayings to me. Chosen Alderman. Project of Hospital. My share in it. Its success. Boxes. Made a Commissioner of the Treasury. My commission of my drawing. Made Colonel. Parade of my Officers. Offence to Proprietor. Assistance to Boston Ambassadors. Journey with Shirley &c. Meet with Braddock. Assistance to him. To the Officers of his Army. Furnish him with Forage. His concessions to me and character of me. Success with my Electrical Experiments. Medal sent me. Present Royal Society and Speech of President. Denny’s Arrival and Courtship to me. His character. My service to the Army in the affair of Quarters. Disputes about the Proprietor’s Taxes continued. Project for paving the City. I am sent to England. Negotiation there. Canada delenda est. My Pamphlet. Its reception and effect. Projects drawn from me concerning the Conquest. Acquaintance made and their service to me- Mrs. S.M. Small, Sir John P., Mr. Wood, Sargent Strahan, and others. Their characters. Doctorate from Edinburgh, St. Andrew’s. Doctorate from Oxford. Journey to Scotland. Lord Leicester. Mr. Prat. De Grey. Jackson. State of Affairs in England. Delays. Eventful Journey into Holland and Flanders. Agency from Maryland. Son’s appointment. My Return. Allowance and thanks. Journey to Boston. John Penn, Governor. My conduct toward him. The Paxton Murders. My Pamphlet. My march to Philadelphia. Governor retires to my House. My conduct. Sent out to the Insurgents. Turn them back. Little thanks. Disputes revived. Resolutions against continuing under Proprietary Government. Another Pamphlet. Cool thoughts. Sent again to England with Petition. Negotiation there. Lord H. His character. Agencies from New Jersey, Georgia, Massachusetts. Journey into Germany, 1766. Civilities received there. Gottingen observations. Ditto into France 1767. Ditto in 1769. Entertainment there at the Academy. Introduced the the King and the Mesdames, Mad. Victoria and Mrs. Lamagnon. Duc de Chaulnes, M. Beaumont. Le Roy, D’Alibard, Nollet. See Journals. Holland. Reprint my papers and add many. Books presented to me from many authors. My Book translated into French. Lightening Kite. Various Discoveries. My manner of prosecuting that Study. King of Denmark invites me to dinner. Recollect my father’s proverb. Stamp Act. My opposition to it. Recommendation of J. Hughes. Amendment of it. Examination in Parliament. Reputation it gave me. Caressed by Ministry. Charles Townsend’s Act. Opposition to it. Stoves and chimney plates. Armonica. Acquaintance with Ambassadors. Russian Intimation. Writing in newspapers.  Glasses from Germany. Grant of Land in Nova Scotia. Sickness. Letters to America returned hither. The consequences. Insurance Office. My character. Costs me nothing to be civil to inferiors; a good deal to be submissive to superiors, &c., &c. Farce of Perpetual Motion. Writing for Jersey Assembly. Hutchinson’s Letters. Temple. Suit in Chancery. Abuse before the Privy Council. Lord Hillsborough’s character and conduct. Lord Dartmouth. Negotiation to prevent the War. Return to America. Bishop of St. Asaph. Congress. Assembly. Committee of Safety. Chevaux-de-frise. Sent to Boston, to the Camp. To Canada, to Lord Howe. To France. Treaty, &c.

Sandwich Boarding

February 24, 2009

posted by caroline picard

NewCity wrote a little something about the business license situation, which is much appreciated. You can see what they wrote by going here.

I’ve got a second court date this Friday to look into the matter — what I anticipate will result in some kind of conclusive action. At that time I’ll be sending out a larger, longer email with details and whatever else, so stay tuned. In the meantime I continue to talk to people at City Hall- so. On va voir.