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Time to Move on (to Arctic Drilling)

The books arrived today. Fortunately, we were able to allocate them around the world for the various upcoming exhibits and signings, so only 30 crates of books had to be hoisted up the five flights of stairs. I need the workout.

Now that the finished product is in hand, the pain of creation fades. It has been a long year. When we finally had the book outline approved and deadlined, the BP gulf spill occurred. I remember thinking 2 things: can I go down and do something that has not been done by all of the journalists convening on the gulf, and what is this going to do to the book deadline?

As it was, I did go down, and got some amazing images. The memory of waiting in the Mobile airport, begging the airline counter people for the last ticket back to New York (more than once) and all the while pulling out the laptop whenever I had a quiet moment and writing, writing, writing. Being the world’s worst at deadlines, I was supposed to keep all of the contributors on schedule as well? Some, especially Dr. Hansen, did not sign on until after the deadline. And how can you rush James Hansen?

Then there are always the re-writes. Trying to craft clear language that expresses complex issues while simultaneously having a lyrical tone is the hardest thing in the world.

Of course, we missed the deadline, primarily because of all of the time I spent shooting the Gulf. At the time it seemed like a tragedy: missing the Christmas season. It turned out to be one of those mysterious blessings. What could be more timely than to have the book come out when I have two shows up in New York, and a raft of press? The book became a catalyst magnifying the impact of all of the events.

Time to move on and tackle Arctic drilling.

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  1. 15/02/2011 at 1:33 pm

    Can’t wait to see this book! Loved your show at Cooper Union! Hope there are some for sale at the Pleasantville Bookstore!

  2. 16/04/2011 at 1:08 am

    your book is fabulous, absolutely phenomenal, i am an artist, abstract painter, and i am a librarian by day, ran across it on my desk recently.. i’ll be in touch!! great work!

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