ML Hart

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Ever taken one of those quizzes that ask what your favorite word is? Mine is *chiaroscuro* with good reason – I’m drawn towards the light but equally inspired by shadows. Yin/yang. Positive/negative. Each revealed more clearly by contrast with the other… oh wait, let's just skip the PR-speak and start over.

Hi, my name's Martha and I’m a writer and photographer, using keyboard & camera, words & images, to tell stories.

Growing up in the US – half and half on the east and west coasts – left me feeling I didn’t belong anywhere in particular. Or maybe it gave me a unique perspective on life. Either way, wanderlust took hold and when I had the opportunity, I grabbed it, relocating to South America. Here in Chile, the weather’s warm; the food? n

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The irresistible pleasure of words and story

It seems like a misuse of time. Time that could be spent diving into either the tangible-paper or the digital To Be Read stack. Time spent on just about any other thing than looking in a rearview mirror.

Maybe so. But visiting an old friend is often more satisfying than spending time with someone new, and so it is with books. When I read a favorite again, I find something new – a detail I’d missed, Read more of this blog post »
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Robert Hughes
“The basic project of art is always to make the world whole and comprehensible, to restore it to us in all its glory and its occasional nastiness, not through argument but through feeling, and then to close the gap between you and everything that is not you, and in this way pass from feeling to meaning. It's not something that committees can do. It's not a task achieved by groups or by movements. It's done by individuals, each person mediating in some way between a sense of history and an experience of the world.”
Robert Hughes, The Shock of the New

John le Carré
“Having your book turned into a movie is like seeing your oxen turned into bouillon cubes”
John Le Carre

Virginia Woolf
“I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman.”
Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own

Lydia Davis
“How should you read? What should the diet of your reading be? Read the best writers from all different periods; keep your reading of contemporaries in proportion—you do not want a steady diet of contemporary literature. You already belong to your time.”
Lydia Davis

Gloria E. Anzaldúa
“The struggle is inner: Chicano, indio, American Indian, mojado, mexicano, immigrant Latino, Anglo in power, working class Anglo, Black, Asian--our psyches resemble the bordertowns and are populated by the same people. The struggle has always been inner, and is played out in outer terrains. Awareness of our situation must come before inner changes, which in turn come before changes in society. Nothing happens in the "real" world unless it first happens in the images in our heads.”
Gloria Anzaldua

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