Random House asked me to write an essay on memoir for their e-zine, Signature Reads. I focused on atmosphere as the most enduring quality of a well-made story (more important than plot by far). I’d love to know what you think!
I talked to my friend Mark Wolynn about his eye-opening new book, It Didn’t Start With You, for Psychology Today. Mark’s book is a groundbreaking approach to transforming traumatic legacies passed down in families over generations. Mark is Director of The Family Constellations Institute and an expert in healing inherited trauma. I learned a lot from our conversation.
I recently had an interview published in Art & Inspiration, a free bilingual English/French e-magazine & website with a directory of international artists. In the article titled From Crisis to Creativity: an Interview with Mark Matousek, I discuss the common threads in the stories from my book When You’re Falling, Dive, how to face crisis, as well as my philosophy that each of us is born with creative genius. I hope you enjoy it.
“Hardship and pain are the very things we are told to avoid, but If we recognize that darkness can be a doorway into self-realization and can “galvanize and deepen the spirit,” new opportunities begin to unfold.” This is a quote from a new article in the Hudson Valley paper Chronogram by Wendy Kagan. Read the full article here. I’ll be teaching the workshop “Thriving Through Adversity” at Old Stone Farm in Rhinebeck on December 5-8. Continue reading
Rachel Pomerance, the health editor of U.S. News and World Report, just did a great piece about Ethical Wisdom for Friends for the magazine. We were on the phone for over an hour, exchanging stories about complicated friends (and friendships), jealousy, competition, betrayal, and romantic attraction between friends, and how to deal with friends that sap your energy, mooch, or don’t come through for us in times of need. Continue reading