Our Creative Lives: Assholes

Assholes. Every creative community has a few. They slime around the scene, inflicting varying degrees of unpleasantness and leaving an acrid aftertaste in their wake. Ugh. Assholes aren’t a particularly upbeat thing to write about; neither are cockroaches or plumbing problems. But we all encounter them from time to time, right? It’s good to think about how we might be more skilled at dealing with them. Here are six ideas: 1. Ascertain the degree of assholery you’re dealing with. Not all assholes are created equal. They…

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An Open Letter to Tod Howard & Bill Mathias

Mr. Howard & Mr. Mathias, Today I read an article in the Seattle Times about your efforts to block students at Carver Middle School from forming a Gay-Straight Alliance. According to the article, you urged lawmakers in your state to tweak the definition of "secondary schools" from grades 6-12 to 9-12, so that Florida middle schools would not fall under federal protection granted by the Equal Access Act. As such, the Lake County School Board is free to bypass federal law and to continue its…

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An Evening of Cole Porter-A Benefit For the Trevor Project

  On Saturday, October 1, my band and I will be performing “An Evening of Cole Porter” to benefit an organization that is near and dear to my heart- The Trevor Project. The performance will take place at 7pm at Egan’s Ballard Jam House. Please mark your calendars.   The Trevor Project is a national organization that provides crisis intervention, suicide prevention and advocacy for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth. This noble institution offers a wide range of services: a 24-hour crisis hotline,…

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