Art is not a mirror held up to reality, but a hammer with which to shape it.
- Bertolt Brecht.


Personal websites seem so old-fashioned these days, in the post-Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram era. It's almost like putting a message in a bottle and tossing it into the Pacific—a bit about me, a few dusty photographs, things I wrote a couple decades ago. But I'm reviving my personal oasis, as a way for people to find out a bit about me, and a place for me to store what I hope will be an increasing trove of writing.

What I'm up to...

As a huge fan of the arts in Seattle, I am always taking classes, attending lectures, and exploring. So a lot of my discoveries will end up being promoted here as well. This summer I took two Permaculture classes through Tilth Alliance and Bastyr University.

Image of organic farm at Tilth Alliance
Organic farm at Tilth alliance. Click to view the large version.

I also learned Bootstrap 4 on Udemy, which helped me recreate my site as a responsive one. In spite of most of the great stuff being outdoors—like Seattle Shakespeare in the Park, a zillion cultural fests and farmer's markets, and KEXP's Concerts at the Mural—there were some indoor indulgences.

I keep my swanky opera glasses I bought online from Milan in a gym sock in my evening purse. A mix of high-brow and low-brow has always been kind of a thing. Case in point, I went to see Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban with a live soundtrack performance by the Seattle Symphony.

Listen to Maya Angelou's poem "A Brave and Startling Truth," -- inspired by Carl Sagan, composed for the 50th anniversary of the United Nations, flown to space on the Orion spacecraft, and read here by astrophysicist Janna Levin.

Image of Seattle Symphony playing Harry Potter music
Cultural mashup

Puccini's Piano Speaks

An essay

I took a class on writing experimental essays this summer at Hugo House, which hosts writing events, classes, and writers in residence in Capitol Hill, Seattle. This one played with point of view, and is from the perspective of an inanimate object—legendary opera composer Giaccomo Puccini's piano. I'm looking forward to seeing La Bohème this season.

Hell on Wheels

LA Weekly

Found an old article on the joy of having my lemon of a car stolen.

Neutral Milk Hotel

No Ripcord

Old piece on my favorite short-lived and much-mythologized band.

Seattle Arts Subscriptions
Some girls love shoes.
I save my pennies for the arts.

These are my subs for the 2019-2020 season (top six), and a few others I attend regularly or am a member of.

Pacific Northwest Ballet
Seattle Shakespeare Company
Paramount Theatre (through STG)
Book It! Repertory
ACT Theatre
Seattle Opera

Town Hall Seattle
Seattle Art Museum
Hugo House
SIFF Cinema
Annex Theatre
Theatre off Jackson
Seattle Rep(ertory Theatre)
5th Ave Theatre
Seattle Symphony
The Showbox

What I'm Reading Online

I've subscribed to and, which are my reads on the bus. Medium is a platform from the creator of Blogger and Twitter, where anyone can publish their work, from fiction and poetry to journalism and essays. I plan to begin posting there this year. Brain Pickings is the dozen-year-old child of Bulgarian-born Maria Popova, who singlehandedly pens and packages the articles and art each week around a theme. Her knowledge of art, philosophy, literature, science, culture, history, religion, music, psychology, and anything else you can imagine is astounding.

All materials copyright 2019 by Kristin Fiore.