I spoke today at Highland Park High School’s Focus on the Arts, an event that includes over 200 artists in a span of three days, an achievement I can’t yet fully grasp. Everyone takes part: hundreds of community volunteers; teachers and students; librarians and staff. In these days of testing and rancor over critical standards, how refreshing to see a school halt the grinding of pencils to pay attention to the things that really matter and that will last: beauty and art and cultural awareness. I spoke to a group of bright, curious students who genuinely cared about writing, who made sophisticated connections and asked thoughtful questions. They made me feel most welcome. I wanted to stay.
My reflections on writing, reading, and random thoughts.