C. F. Payne: Matching heads and bodies on a magazine cover near you

John Beacom

I enjoy talking to illustrators because I’m fascinated with how their brains are wired so differently from mine. I can draw a stick figure and a smiley face. Beyond that, my drawings look like a toddler accidentally got ahold of a pencil.

C.F. Payne has never had this problem. You’ve probably seen his illustrations on the covers of magazines like Time, MAD, the New York Times, and Reader’s Digest, among others. His latest is the illustration for the book Miss Mary Reporting. 

Listen in for his process when he gets an illustration commission and how the body in the illustration may or may not be that of the person he is drawing.

Too late I realized that I should have asked him to draw my head on Liam Hemsworth’s body.

CF Payne will be a guest at the 2017 Ohioana Book Festival on April 8th.

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Junk: It’s not what you think

JunkJunk.

Most likely it’s what you think you need to throw away.

But for the organizers of Junk Bash, it’s something to be treasured. According to Mercantile Fairs Director of Operations and Outreach Suzanne Perreault, Junk Bash brings together people with a very different definition of junk.

“When we say it’s junk, we mean it’s something we want to reclaim,” Perrault says, redefining junk as something precious and useful.

Junk Bash will take place on March 24th and 25th at the newly built Cardinal Hall the Ohio State Fairgrounds. Junk Bash will feature a number of Columbus area crafters and reuse experts like the Ohio Creative Collective, and Baskets by Viva, Nadderdoodle, Wicked Stitch of the West, and Elemental Carbon.

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Author and filmmaker e.E. Charlton-Trujillo

e.E. Charlton-TrujilloWhen author and documentary filmmaker e.E. Charlton-Trujillo decided to go on a book tour a few years ago, she also took along all the equipment to make a video. This was second nature to her because of her experience, but this time the focus was on the students that she was working with. The result was the documentary At-Risk Summer.

e.E. Charlton-Trujillo will be a featured guest at the 2017 Ohioana Book Festival on April 8th, where you can ask her all kinds of questions about her book and the video and how difficult it is to do a cross-country book tour while making a documentary with well-known writers at the same time.

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Professor John Beacom Gives Us All Security Clearance

John BeacomNeutrinos. Those weird little particles you might remember from physics class. No charge, smaller than electrons, but incredibly fast. What good are they?

Ohio State Professor of Physics John Beacom knows the value of neutrinos and he talks about them with me ahead of his March 19 talk for the Ohio State University’s College of Arts and Sciences’ Science Sundays series.

So put on your safety goggles, check your security clearance, and listen into our talk!

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The Sun Never Sets

SunNeverHere’s a fun little tale all about nationalism, sports, and Oscar Wilde.

Huge thank you to Columbus actor supreme Christina Yoho, who not only knocked the voices out of the park but also started this rolling by asking me to write a story that had chewing sounds. (Apparently, they’re fun to do as an actor.)

I don’t usually analyze my writing, but I saw a bit of our current political climate in this one. See if you can spot it. There’s a free book in it for you if you explain it in the comments.

This is also my first (inadvertent) success at passing the Bechdel test. It really isn’t hard.

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Essayist Phillip Lopate returns to exploration of family

liftarn-Adult-and-childParents are complicated.

Over a lifetime, children watch them transition from the infallible arbiters of childhood into the frail collection of ailments endemic to old age.

Phillip Lopate’s mother was an exceptionally complicated person.

Two decade ago, Lopate interviewed her about her life. Twenty five tape-recorded hours later, Lopate had the foundation for his new book, A Mother’s Tale, from the Ohio State University Press. Listen in as Ohio State University MFA Samantha Tucker talks craft with Phillip Lopate: what issues he faced in writing the book, what he learned about his mother and himself, and what it’s like to be the child of a monologist.

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The surprising inspiration for Andrew Wyeth’s Christina’s World

Jonathan Byrd

Imagine you’re a painter. Beyond needing natural talent, hard work, and technique, how do you find a subject? If you’re Andrew Wyeth, creator of the famous 1948 painting Christina’s World (below), you get lucky, kind of, in that your subject passes by.

“[Christina Olson’s] parents were buried in [a nearby] graveyard, and she would drag herself down there to see them. And one day, [Wyeth] saw her out the window doing that and he was intrigued and inspired to paint her.”

Christina Baker Kline took that story and a lot of research and wrote her latest novel, A Piece of the World. Tune in to hear why this book was harder to write than her bestselling novel Orphan Train and what insights she’ll give when she’s guest author on Thursday, February 23 with the Thurber House.

 

Christinas World

Christina’s World

By http://www.moma.org/collection/object.php?object_id=78455, Fair use, Link

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Matthew Sullivan: How learning about the ocean’s tiniest creature helps humans

Jonathan ByrdEver wonder how many kinds of fish are in the sea? That’s easy compared to the task for the international Tara Oceans Expedition: what kinds of microorganisms infect those fish and other marine life? The three-year mission of Tara was to sample water around the globe and see how microorganism populations vary around the world.

Ohio State University microbiology associate professor Matthew Sullivan was part of the Tara Oceans Expedition, a logical fit given his interest in the co-evolution of microbes and viruses in environmental populations. Sullivan will speak on February 19 at the Ohio State University’s Science Sundays on the topic “Understanding ocean viruses may just save the Earth and help cure your next ailment.”

The event is free and open to the public.

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Jonathan Byrd: From bed springs to the world’s stages

Jonathan Byrd

Ever lie under a bed as a kid, hiding from adults or siblings, looking for something to do?

Jonathan Byrd did.

But unlike many other kids, he started to play the bed springs, one weird ‘”plonk” after another in a series he recognized as musical.

And so life in music was begun.

Listen in for more insights into Byrd’s life, ahead of the February 2017 release of his 10th album, Mother Tongue and his February 11 appearance at Six String Concerts.

 

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The Prometheus Protocol

Robot

Ever listen to a meditation or relaxation recording and wonder, “What do they really tell me while I’m relaxing? What if it’s something bad? How do I know I can trust being relaxed?”

Yeah, maybe I’m a little paranoid.

I wouldn’t be if you weren’t always talking about me.

At any rate, listen in to what relaxation recording made me think about with help from Shawn Gould and the incomparable voice talents of Columbus actor Christina Yoho.

Namaste

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