Sunday, October 25, 2015

Phil's Lists, Part 5: Exhibits

I often see ideas about human interaction and struggles through paintings, photographs, and structures, especially when they appear in retrospectives of an artist's entire career. This list includes painters, sculptors, and architects whose body of work has exhibited in Brooklyn Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, New York Academy of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Whitney Museum of American Art. Keep an eye out for them if their work shows up near you.
  1. Jean-Michel Basquiat
  2. Romare Bearden
  3. Chuck Close
  4. Salvador Dali
  5. Richard Diebenkorn
  6. Arthur Dove
  7. Audrey Flack
  8. Frank Gehry
  9. Keith Haring
  10. Edward Hopper
  11. Frida Kahlo
  12. Wassily Kandinsky
  13. William Kentridge
  14. Edward Kienholz
  15. Lee Krasner
  16. Barbara Kruger
  17. Jacob Lawrence
  18. Fernand Leger
  19. Piet Mondrian
  20. Archibald Motley, Jr.
  21. Edvard Munch
  22. Pablo Picasso
  23. Diego Rivera
  24. Sebastiao Salgado
  25. Bill Viola
  26. Frank Lloyd Wright
  27. Andrew Wyeth

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Phil's Lists, Part 4: Activities

Writers need inspiration, not only to drive themselves to write but to discover ideas to write about. My activities list has always served me well. While I am lucky to have boundless activities from which to choose in the New York City area, most communities provide similar local opportunities.

  1. Libraries - Get those books about whatever topics interest you for free.
  2. Theater - Watch live drama to hear how dialogue comes to life.
  3. Museums - Prep your visit by reading about the art exhibits you're about to see.
  4. Music - Catch live concerts to capture a deeper meaning of music.
  5. Travel - Go home or the home of your ancestors or just anywhere that isn't home to gain new perspectives on life.
  6. Lectures - Check out local presentations by scholars and experts on a broad range of topics, often sponsored by universities and libraries.
  7. Readings - Attend writer's festivals, poetry jams, and storytelling events to enrich your frames of reference and engage your intellect. 
  8. Webcasts - View massive open online courses and single web events to stay current on topics of interest.  
  9. Parks - Visit community, state, and national parks to get a deeper understanding of your environment and heritage. 

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Phil's Lists, Part 3: Magazines

What magazines or journals should a writer read? It depends on the type of writer you are, so here two lists, one for the business writer and the other for the creative writer, with a closing list for either's self-development.

Business Writing
Journal of Business and Technical Communication
Journal of Technical Writing and Communication
Technical Communication Quarterly
Technical Communication

Creative Writing
Poets and Writers
Writer's Digest
The Writer
The Dramatist
American Theatre

New Yorker
New York Review of Books

Sunday, October 04, 2015

Phil's Lists, Part 2: Books for Business Writers

Since I often field the question about a good reference book for business writers, I decided to list some right here:
  • The Business Writer's Handbook is an easy reference, as its entries appear in alphabetical order, and they include writing models as well as detail explanations and numerous cross-references.
  • Writing That Works has been a long-time standard because its tips are practical and its examples are relevant.
  • The Elements of Business Writing mirrors the classic Strunk and White The Elements of Style in structure, but its focus is business writing.
  • The Business Style Handbook considers business writing from the perspective of electronic communication better than most business guidebooks.
  • The Art of On-the-Job Writing, my book, follows the writing process in shaping a business document from conception to completion. 
These ought to keep the business writer busy.