mimicking the masters

You know when you visit an art museum and you see an art student sitting down with her own easel and paintbrush, copying the brushstrokes of Degas or van Gogh or Michelangelo? Mimicking the masters. Imitating the greats. Practicing on others’ paintings before she finds her own voice, so to speak. In January, my professor recommended …

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el gran mojado/arcangel

The myth of the first world is that development is wealth and technology progress. It is all rubbish. It means  you are no longer human beings but only labor. It means that the land you live on is not earth but only property. ... This is not a benefit for UNESCO We are not the …

scribbles//shame

Just returned from the NICAR Conference in Atlanta (or the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting, for those of you who have normal lives and aren't data nerds). It was wonderful. I learned more in a weekend than I could in a month. I got to meet (and drink with!) some incredible journalists. New friendships abounded, old …

sourcing: a dance

Start the waltz with a phone call, maybe an email. The first steps: Sometimes with a secretary  sometimes with a voicemail, and sometimes "I am currently out of the office" automatic reply. Follow up, follow up, follow up. Finally, reach the source--the first twirl. "When can we meet? Are you available today or tomorrow?" "Oh, you …