This Just In: Support Other Artists

This Just In: Support Other Artists

Earlier this summer, a high school senior interviewed me about the pandemic. One of their questions asked if the coronavirus proves governments should fund STEM/scientific research over the arts, particularly in schools. Here’s how I answered: This pandemic is proving the vital need for STEM research and scientific funding. These areas are crucial investments at…

Understanding Who Owns Your Art

Understanding Who Owns Your Art

Taylor Swift’s entire catalog of master recordings was recently purchased by Scooter Braun, a man Swift accuses of incessant bullying. In her Tumblr post¹, Swift explains her original record deal provided the label with perpetual control over her recordings. Essentially, the label could do with them as they wished without Swift’s permission. According to Swift,…

What We Can Learn About Writing from “Hamilton”

What We Can Learn About Writing from “Hamilton”

Hamilton is an international sensation. Fusing hip-hop and musical theater, Lin-Manuel Miranda created an impressive telling of Alexander Hamilton’s life story. As writers, there’s a lot we can learn from the show, its creation, and its namesake. As Aaron Burr says in Aaron Burr, Sir, let me offer you some free advice: 1. Inspiration Can…

Write Now with Ernio Hernandez

Write Now with Ernio Hernandez

Who are you? I’m Ernio Hernandez, a writer and artist. A born-and-bred Jersey boy with strong ties to New York City, I currently live in the very author-y haven of Connecticut. What do you write? Short stories mostly. (Fiction, nonfiction, humor) Some plays, songs and poetry as well. I have been writing since grade school when a…

Clarissa and the Cocktail Party

Clarissa and the Cocktail Party

Flash fiction based on a writing prompt from Devon Henry. Growing up, Clarissa never fit in with the children of her parent’s rich friends. She tried wearing the right clothes or getting fashionable haircuts but her hair remained a boring black. Nothing worked. No one accepted Clarissa. No one accepted Clarissa’s family either. Her father was…

What We Can Learn About Writing From Tinker Hatfield

What We Can Learn About Writing From Tinker Hatfield

Abstract is a documentary series that features creatives in various fields. The second episode focuses on Tinker Hatfield, Nike’s VP of Design and Special Projects. Tinker has worked at Nike for years and created fifteen to twenty versions of the Jordan line and brought the Back to the Future shoes to life. What does designing…