Essays & other writing
Is there such a thing as
— On the relationship between made-up characters and characters
based on real people.
became a newspaper man
Working on a handmade hippie newspaper in the '70s.
At the White
Our visit to the White House for a reception celebrating the signing of the
Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. hate crimes bill.
Has the South changed or not?
— Commentary on the conviction of Edgar Ray Killen for manslaughter for the
killing of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner in 1964 and reminiscences of living in Mississippi at
Tupelo of memory
— This essay was written for Reed's Gift Shop and Bookstore in Tupelo, Mississippi to be
included with copies of my novel Until the Dawn. It is a memoir of growing up in Tupelo, one of the two settings for the novel.
Everything for Everybody
— life, love
and marriage communal style in the 1970s.
— A story
son Bill's first week in school
— Adventures growing up as an identical twin
— A mother in Olympia, a dying man in Los Angeles, a young hemophiliac
from Australia — Victims of personal tragedy find love, hope and family confronting their fears. Living in the Bonus Round - Music, suicide, healing broken spirits -- life and love on the Internet in the age of AIDS.
Faulkner's Shadow: Mississippi Writers Talking
— Writers Barry Hannah, Howard Bahr,
Jes Simmons, Larry Johnson and Jack Butler comment on the influence of
William Faulkner, from
Mississippi Arts & Letters, July/August 1985.
— an essay on thoughts about the men who assaulted my son Bill.
Remembering New York
— my first
few weeks in New York in 1973
Father an Son
Essay about why I
Essays on Art
Portrait of the Artist as an Ageing
- History and development of
my painting, along with a little philosophy and personal history
Dreamed a Dream of Painting
Essay about why I
The case against
— A rant against mediocrity
The challenge of
problem with "understanding" abstraction
Art and Theater Reviews
To read my art and theater reviews
go to my blog:
"For me, just one of the
cool things about Alec's art critiques, is that he always notices
something that got by me, and that surprises me (maybe even perplexes me
a bit) because I
think I am so observant. I think he just looks completely and openly
from Alec's point of
view 100%, no pretense, and that keeps what he thinks and has to say
about the work, always
interesting and unique." Read Alec's Visual Edge column every week in
the Weekly Volcano - Paula Tutmarc-Johnson, Two Vaults Gallery