Courtney M. McSwain, Writer

Why Are You In This?: A Kind of Book Review of Sharon Louden’s Living and Sustaining a Creative Life

The life of an artist isn’t for the faint of heart. That’s the bottom line of Sharon Louden’s curated collection of essays, “Living and Sustaining a Creative Life (Intellect, 2013),” in which 40 working artists share the reality of their daily lives. Louden’s collection offers valuable lessons on striking a balance between the need to… [Continue Reading]

Get Your Freak On: A Kind of Review of Chris Brogan’s The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth

One of the reoccurring themes of my attempts at adulthood is the battle between my need to live a creative life while contributing to a more equitable and just society. It seems that jobs I’ve held either ignited my creative muscles or made me feel good about the impact I was having on people’s lives—but… [Continue Reading]