A Nurturing Darkness is a book highlighting the artwork of my wife, Carol Bajen-Gahm, specifically her "Root Cellar Meditations" series. I have been concerned that most artists, even those with commercial galleries, get limited public exposure of their work. Once they have a show, the artwork goes back into storage and the images exist only on the gallery’s or artist's website. By publishing books using print on demand, their work can be seen either as print or e-books. This series of books can act as a catalog of a particular show or as a presentation of a particular series or phase of an artist’s work. This is an experiment as to the uses of print on demand and we will see how it goes. So far I have three artists in the experiment with publication dates of May and September, 2020.
Cutting the Uncuttable is the story of the atomic bomb from Marie Curie to Nagasaki. It is an on-going project and I am not really sure how far I will take the narrative. I am currently researching and writing about American nuclear tests after the end of the war. I find this fascinating as I am approaching the date of my birth and can remember some of the events that I am learning about. The first part is available in the Feline Affliction section.
In The Adventures of Sharkface, a mythical elephant seal, with magical powers, which include the ability to communicate with a great diversity of animals including humans, travels around the world encountering amazing sea creatures with stories of their own, escapes dangerous situations by the skin of his snotter and falls in love. I will be also be serializing The Adventures of Sharkface in the Feline Affliction section.
For years I have greatly enjoyed driving down Harbor Drive bordering St. John’s harbor in Newfoundland and looking at the various ships that are docked there. In the last few years, as I have become comfortable using the Internet on my cell phone, I would park and learn more about the various vessels. There were offshore oil service ships, oil exploration vessels, Coast Guard icebreakers, supply ships and yachts. Each of them has a story that relates to Newfoundland and I have started collecting the stories which will become a part of Affliction. The Real Shipping News is taken from Annie Proux’s dark, award-winning novel.
I hope you will follow and enjoy the wanderings of my wide-ranging curiosity.