5CT February 2017

And so we careen into February hoping for the best, prepared for the worst. As always, there is art and music and writing to help. Meet an artist from Venice, CA and do observe his magic with magazine clippings. Who to follow on Twitter in these days of sound and fury? Who should we read? A wicked smart Seattle artist tells the creative class what it needs to know. The courageous team at the Munich Post kept at it until the end. And because we all need music more than ever, a 5CT Winter Playlist. I love you, 5CT readers. 

Jay Kelly |Venice Beach, CA

{ As One | Jay Kelly }

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5CT August 2016

To the lazy days of summer’s end, I welcome you. First, over to England for some great black and white photographs. A hot tip on a great little notebook. LARB—dish from Laos or book review website? Baa Baa Black Sheep by Wynton Marsalis is the perfect accompaniment to tour the work of a Portuguese goddess of abstract painting. “At night I would go to sleep dreaming of sea adventures.” – John Claridge


{The canal, 1966, John Claridge}

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5CT February 2015

The internet is one dark field of battle. The pictures out of Paris bewitch, bother and bewilder. A smart storytelling publisher chases commercial storytelling gigs. As you document the world, your smart phone camera goes wide and long. Alexey, with love for photography, from Russia. “The tears of the world are a constant quantity. For each one who begins to weep somewhere else another stops. The same is true of the laugh.” ― Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot

Instagram photo by andri_benec

Instagram photo by @andri_benec

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5CT December 2014

5 Cool Things for 12.14. A documentary film about silence. Two new online homes for storytelling. Modern Creole jazz. A long, riveting chat between two giants of American literature. “In love there are two things, bodies and words.” – Joyce Carol Oates. Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, all. 5CT is best shared with friends.

Image courtesy Sarah Weinman.

Image courtesy Sarah Weinman

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5 Cool Things 5 May, 2013



I flew to London and bussed up to Oxford to hang out and work with a lovely bunch of writers. I stayed at Merton College. Visited in London with two lovely people. Saw an English football match. (“Arsenal, Arsenal, Arsenal, Arsenal!”) Had a nice visit with these lovely folks. Then to 26 Rue de la Reynie, Paris. (1st Arrondissement.) Great big heartfelt thanks go to John and Linda Simmons, Jamie Jauncey, Stuart Delves, Philip Pullman, Jeff and Jeannie Schraeder, Meg Bortin and the Dark Angels of Oxford 2013. Paris is so relentlessly beautiful it takes your breath away..

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