Art is not a mirror held up to reality, but a hammer with which to shape it.
- Bertolt Brecht.

Welcome...

[under construction] Personal websites seem so old-fashioned these days, in the post-Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram era. It's almost like putting a message in a bottle and tossing it into the Pacific -- a bit about me, a few dusty photographs, things I wrote a couple decades ago. But I'm reviving my personal oasis, as a way for people to find out a bit about me, and a place for me to store what I hope will be an increasing trove of writing.

I'm also a huge fan of the arts in Seattle, and am always taking classes, attending lectures, and exploring. So a lot of my discoveries will end up being promoted here as well. Most recently, I'm taking a class in experimental essays at Hugo House, and took two Permaculture classes through Tilth Alliance and Bastyr University. I also learned Bootstrap 4 on Udemy, though this texty mess of a placeholder website isn't much of an endorsement -- gimmie a minute, dammit!

My most recent essay for Hugo House was for an unusual point of view assignment, for which I chose a lament by the opera composer Puccini's piano, which I visited in 2001. It needs editing. Remember Hemingway said, "The first draft of anything is shit." A few old pieces I rediscovered include a eulogy to Allen Ginsberg upon his death and a column I wrote for the LA Weekly about the poetic beauty of my car being stolen.

So, where do I go in Seattle? You can start with where I have subscription tickets: Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Paramount Theatre (through STG), Book It! Repertory, ACT Theatre, and Seattle Opera. I'm a member of Town Hall Seattle, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle's musical soul KEXP, writers' haven Hugo House, and SIFF Cinema. Also visit Annex Theatre, Theatre off Jackson, Seattle Rep(ertory Theatre), 5th Ave Theatre, Seattle Symphony, CapHill indie rock venue Neumos, and the newly crowned landmark, The Showbox.

In addition to the New York Times, I've subscribed to medium.com and brainpickings.org, which are my reads on the bus. Medium is a platform from the creator of Blogger and Twitter, where anyone can publish their work, from fiction and poetry to journalism and essays. I plan to begin posting there this year. Brain Pickings is the dozen-year-old child of Bulgarian-born Maria Popova, who singlehandedly pens and packages the articles and art each week around a theme. Her knowledge of art, philosophy, literature, science, culture, history, religion, music, psychology, and anything else you can imagine is astounding.

In the coming weeks, this site will once again have its hair combed, shoes on, and makeup expertly applied, I promise. In the meantime, listen to Maya Angelou's poem "A Brave and Startling Truth," -- inspired by Carl Sagan, composed for the 50th anniversary of the United Nations, flown to space on the Orion spacecraft, and read here by astrophysicist Janna Levin.

All materials copyright 2019 by Kristin Fiore.