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Haunted Garden Artist Rania Peet

Over the past several years, Rania Peet was the creative mind behind the large-scale sculptures on display at Silver Spring, Maryland’s The Haunted Garden. Nosy neighbors and legal rigmarole shut down the home haunt this year. Still, Rania’s work has grown bigger and spookier than ever. How did you become involved with The Haunted Garden?…

Jeff Forester and Ken Kesey sometime in the 19990's.  Credit: Jeff Forester.

What I’ve Learned From Ken Kesey and His Students

Twenty six years ago, Ken Kesey gathered thirteen students, most officially enrolled in the University of Oregon writing program, others not, to write a collaborative novel in one academic year. Classes took place at his home, but there were field trips too. Once, they toured around Eugene on a bus with no windows. Sometimes they…

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King Kong on a DC Traffic Box

Here I am with my kids on the local news. Thanks, Beth Parker and Fox5 DC. DC News FOX 5 DC WTTG I also made a video that shows more of the process as well as my adorable children. When I did this last year, I wrote a letter to the DC Arts Commission about…

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Letters Outlining Kesey’s Agreement with U. of Oregon

Below are letters from Dr. Paul Armstrong to Ken Kesey about his appointment as Visiting Professor to the University of Oregon. The letters provide insight into what both Armstrong and Kesey envisioned for the class that would go on to write Caverns. For more background on Caverns, click here. Armstrong, now at Brown University, became the…

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Truman Capote and The Potato Book

or  In Cold Potato Leek Soup While weeding through my mother-in-law’s extensive collection of cookbooks, I came across The Potato Book, published in 1973 with a foreword by Truman Capote. Capote’s famous name conjures up a lot of images and associations for me, none of which have anything to do with potatoes. I flipped through…