• Getting on the Highways: Taking Responsibility for the Culture in the ’90s

    The beginnings of Highways Performance Space, an intercultural experiment.


  • Steppenwolf, the Comedian

    I’m rereading Steppenwolf, written by Hermann Hesse in 1929. It’s one of those pivotal books my generation devoured during our feverish 20s and 30s. I’m trying to understand what they meant to me then and what they mean to me now. I started this projec …


  • What Comedy Did for Me as a Mother

    I miss George Carlin. He died recently and his fellow comedians held a memorial for him, citing his border crossings and daring innovations. Louis CK honored him as a mentor who opened his eyes to the power of comedy to uncover uncomfortable truths abo …


  • Letting Go of Books

    I have been lugging around tons of books for most of my life. Paying to have them lugged around. What for? Are my guests supposed to be impressed that I read “Man’s Fate” when I was in college? Are they expected to faint at the sight of my Jack Kerouac …


  • My 9/11

    On 9/11/01 I was in Detroit, Michigan, following the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange nationwide community performance initiative, “Hallelujah.” Here is a bit of what I wrote about that day, from my series, “Everybody Say Hallelujah.” # # # # # At 9 a.m. Tues …