“When quiet, plot the bee’s course, mapping out the sweet spots”

A full-page piece of artwork by Leif Goldberg was published in Arthur No. 9, back in March 2004. Here’s a new interview with the great transnaturalist, now living in Vermont…

Q: Can you describe your artistic process a little?

A: It’s called the hollow frog approach. You hollow out a frog and then climb inside. Try to see through the frog’s eyes. Then, wish very hard that you were a salamander that could always change to bend around its surroundings. Listen like a deer, for shifting timbres from the earth’s crust, and move carefully. When quiet, plot the bee’s course, mapping out the sweet spots. Arrive like airplanes on autopilot at La Guardia. Dial it in and let it happen.

More at the Cinders Gallery blog

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About Jay Babcock

I am an independent writer and editor based in Tucson, Arizona. In 2023: I publish an email newsletter called LANDLINE = https://jaybabcock.substack.com Previously: I co-founded and edited Arthur Magazine (2002-2008, 2012-13) and curated the three Arthur music festival events (Arthurfest, ArthurBall, and Arthur Nights) (2005-6). Prior to that I was a district office staffer for Congressman Henry A. Waxman, a DJ at Silver Lake pirate radio station KBLT, a copy editor at Larry Flynt Publications, an editor at Mean magazine, and a freelance journalist contributing work to LAWeekly, Mojo, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Vibe, Rap Pages, Grand Royal and many other print and online outlets. An extended piece I wrote on Fela Kuti was selected for the Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000 anthology. In 2006, I was somehow listed in the Music section of Los Angeles Magazine's annual "Power" issue. In 2007-8, I produced a blog called "Nature Trumps," about the L.A. River. From 2010 to 2021, I lived in rural wilderness in Joshua Tree, Ca.

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