For more than 20 years, I have combed classrooms, galleries, the internet, board rooms, file folders full of data, newspaper archives and people’s memories for any details that will help me tell an engaging, accurate and convincing story. I have interviewed police detectives, policymakers, mall rats, ex-cons, professors, lawyers, high school principals, CEOs and children, as well as an extensive list of artists, authors, actors and musicians.
Communicating complex matters in an accessible manner has long been central to my expertise as a writer, whatever the subject. I have received multiple awards for in-depth projects that put a human face on urban school reform and innovation. I also have my byline above dozens of stories that have made fine art of all stripes friendlier to people who do not possess a PhD in semiotics.
“The best thing for being sad,” replied Merlin, beginning to puff and blow, “is to learn something. That’s the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then — to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting. Learning is the only thing for you. Look what a lot of things there are to learn.”
― T.H. White, The Once and Future King