“Art has, at its core, a highly individual, stubborn regard for truth. And only a few truths are pretty.” Sallie Bingham

Mother Mary — The Blue Box: Three Lives In Letters
Mother Mary — The Blue Box: Three Lives In Letters
Posted 1 day ago

Having drawn all she could from that source, desperate to go to college, for which she would have to have a scholarship (none of the women in her family had ever dreamed of college), she “dropped out” in the most literal sense, leaving not only school but her mother’s crowded…

Mother Mary — The Blue Box: Three Lives In Letters
Naming Names — The Blue Box: Three Lives In Letters
Naming Names — The Blue Box: Three Lives In Letters
Posted 6 days ago

I realized today...that I never heard anyone in my family or outside of it mention my material grandmother, Sallie Montague Lefroy. This seems particularly strange since it seems I was named for her—seems because no one ever mentioned that either, but since we are both called Sallie Montague, it seems…

Naming Names — The Blue Box: Three Lives In Letters
Helena’s Story — The Blue Box: Three Lives In Letters
Helena’s Story — The Blue Box: Three Lives In Letters
Posted 1 week ago

As I prepare to let go of the previous trove of letters that make up the body of my next book, The Blue Box: Three Lives in Letters, and that detail the lives of my great-grandmother, grandmother and mother, from 1850 to 1931, I realize that I am most fond…

Helena’s Story — The Blue Box: Three Lives In Letters
Judy Chicago, Again and Not Again
Judy Chicago, Again and Not Again
Posted 1 week ago

One of the many things I’ve always admired about Judy Chicago is that she constantly reinvents herself.

Judy Chicago, Again and Not Again
Sallie’s Two Fans — The Blue Box: Three Lives In Letters
Sallie’s Two Fans — The Blue Box: Three Lives In Letters
Posted 2 weeks ago

Now that my next book, my thirteenth or fourteenth—I’ve lost track—is only a month away from publication by Sarabande Books, I’m thinking of the three women whose lives my book attempts to encompass: my great-grandmother, my grandmother and my mother.

Sallie’s Two Fans — The Blue Box: Three Lives In Letters
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