Thursday, June 13, 2024


“The oldest profession is the most honest, for it exposes the bare bones of what civilization is all about. It’s the root of all professions.” -Daniel Suelo

Beneath the exterior of watches and wallets, handbags and hairdos, humans exude the same primal energy that every other animal on the planet possesses. We have simply become quite good at hiding this from each other, even from ourselves. In our most private moments, those rare times when we are sure no neighbor might see through the curtain, perhaps we let the animal inside of us loose for a moment. Only to quickly and carefully pack it away again and resume the facade of civilized society.

Pennie Key lives and works in London but spoke to us from San Francisco where she was spending time enjoying the city. In her practice she is focused on two projects. One is a performance she began writing last year. The performance explores many aspects of family – particularly topics linked to the middle class, puritanism and patriarchy. Family secrets play a large part in the monologue performance. As a day job, Key is a sex worker. To hear more about her work, art and life, listen to the complete interview.

Jeffrey Yang is a writer. He is presently working on essays he has been writing over the course of several years. Yang is also the author of three poetry books as well as being a literary translator. To hear more from Yang, including live readings of his poetry, listen to the complete interview.

A Few Words to Keep in your Pocket:

We may scrub nature from beneath our fingernails and hide from it in pants and shoes, but nature is in each and every one of us still.

Interviews are available on iTunes as podcasts, and for Android please click here. All weekly essay pieces in a shareable format are here. The full archive of interviews here.

Books to Read

What are you reading? Add your titles to our reading list here. Jeffrey Yang’s three volumes of poetry are titled Hey, Marfa; Vanishing-Line and An Aquarium.

Icelandic Textile Center awards two month scholarships for artists in the Nordic-Baltic region. The scholarships are intended for those artists working in the textiles field who wish to come develop and present work in Iceland. A total of six scholarships will be awarded. For complete details, visit the website. Deadline is May 31.


Weekly Edited Grant and Residency Deadlines – review the list here.



Brainard Carey is an author, artist and educator. He is the director of Praxis Center for Aesthetics. He has written six books for artists; Making it in the Art World, New Markets for Artists, The Art World Demystified, Fund Your Dreams Like a Creative Genius, Sell Online Like a Creative Genius and the forthcoming Succeed with Social Media Like a Creative Genius.

Signed and doodled copies of these books can be purchased from Praxis Center.


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