Creativity and play — they are the same — are a means of touching down in the present moment and being open to anything. They give us joy and they take us deep. They surprise and they heal. Sometimes, they lead us to reckon with things we never expected.
When I was 22, an astrologer told me that I was going to grow up to be a “culture doctor.” Maybe I have. I am a writer, probably best recognized as an art critic for the Boston Globe. Lately, I’ve been working on a memoir, “Midnight Mass,” about growing up inside a family secret. I’m also a performer and public speaker. I’m a member of Playback Rhode Island, an improv troupe that works with small audiences in schools and nursing homes; audience members tell us stories from their lives, and we play them back on the spot. I believe that making art is essential and courageous. But I don’t want to be too earnest about it. Oh, and I love olallieberry pie.
I am available for teaching and public speaking on such topics as criticism and creativity; writing about art; and befriending the inner critic.
Email me! firstname.lastname@example.org. Or follow me on Twitter: @cmcq.