Food Mood Girl and Tell Me Press Author Lindsey Smith; her TEDx Talk live from Pittsburgh: CLICK HERE
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Hawaiian Tales: The Girl With Heavenly Eyes by Lee A. Jacobus and published by Tell Me Press, gets high praise in this excellent Small Press Picks review: CLICK HERE
What are the essential ingredients of a creative life? How does an artist become an artist? Can art and religion find common ground? What does it mean to be an individual, and as individuals can we be separate and singular as well as communal and connected?
Brian H. Peterson wrestles with these questions and offers some answers in The Smile at the Heart of Things, a wide-ranging and deeply satisfying collection of personal essays, journal entries, and reflections on art, artists, and art museums. Drawing on his experiences as a musician, visual artist, scholar, and museum curator, Peterson connects his own search for growth and meaning with larger issues of creativity and the human spirit, often by simply telling stories about his own life and the lives of artists, friends, and family members.
Forty-seven full-color images of well-known paintings and photographs enrich these stories and underscore their celebration of humor and sadness, grief and joy.
“I began reading The Smile at the Heart of Things as I stood in the book room, then returned to my desk and read for the rest of the afternoon. . . . I now love Brian Peterson . . . [He] reflects on art and artists, on creativity and where it comes from, and along the way he bares his soul, sharing tales about his sister’s death, his childhood home, his dog Sparky, and how Walt Whitman gave him ‘nourishment’ once as he waited at a bus station years ago. Luminous essays all . . .”
—Craig Wilson, USA Today
“[Peterson] is an acutely observant and sensitive writer, to be read not just for content but also for the literary grace and vitality of his language.”
—Edward J. Sozanski, Philadelphia Inquirer
“Focusing on art, life, and the status of the individual, The Smile at the Heart of Things is a fine collection that is thoughtful, entertaining, and uplifting.”
—Midwest Book Review
“The Smile at the Heart of Things is a luminous book. It’s open, quirky, vulnerable, wise. It rings true.”
—Dennis Lee, poet and essayist; poet laureate of Toronto, 2001–2004
“Peterson has an incredible way of encapsulating his life experience in powerful and imaginative prose (tinged with a kind of poetry). At times I feel an almost Proustian sense of ‘lost time.’ ”
—George Crumb, Pulitzer Prize–winning composer
“The Smile at the Heart of Things is a very personal and touching book that is deeply and heart-searchingly important. The stories from life are a true treasure.”
—Emmet Gowin, photographer; professor of photography, Princeton University
“In a day, I devoured Brian Peterson’s lovely memoir on art and artists, life, love and marriage, work, museums, human strength, habits-of-mind, diminishment and death. Now nothing in the house is worth reading or watching or even doing, so ardent and tender and enduring are his stories.”
—Mary E. Case, founding director, Qm2; former director, Office of the Registrar, Smithsonian Institution
Brian H. Peterson
Brian H. Peterson has more than thirty years’ experience as a curator, critic, artist, and arts administrator in the Philadelphia area. The former (retired) Gerry and Marguerite Lenfest Chief Curator at the James A. Michener Art Museum, he was the editor and principal author of the major Michener publication Pennsylvania Impressionism as well as monographs on painters William L. Lathrop, Robert Spencer, and Charles Rosen. His critical writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, American Arts Quarterly, Photo Review, and Philadelphia Inquirer.
As a practicing artist, Peterson has had more than thirty solo exhibitions of his photographs since 1980. His work is in the collections of the Amon Carter Museum, Denver Art Museum, Library of Congress, Milwaukee Art Museum, New Orleans Museum of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
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