Everyday life in Bloomington in the 1850s was a drama of scarce water and free-range pigs. The allure for prospective entrepreneurs was not obvious.
"The shorter the story is, the more is at stake with every single word, every single image that you choose, and there’s really no room to take a breather."
"We do not know what the century holds, because it’s never been younger and more urban. What we need to encourage in young people is innovation."
An interview with the director of a new documentary film about Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem, whose stories inspired the Broadway musical Fiddler on the Roof.
"I wanted to write in proximity to these lives because they are part of my community. So many of their anxieties were anxieties that I shared."
"What does it mean to live? It means to be alive. It means to dance because you can. It means to celebrate."
"There's some of me in every character I write--male, woman, no matter the age--there's a little bit of me in there."
"Girls should have the ability and the education and the information to make logical choices themselves about what they want to do with their bodies."
New book tells in words and images the story of an Indiana town whose utopian past is a palpable presence.
"I... listen to NPR every morning, hoping to hear his voice on the radio, so I can go over to the canvas still in the corner of my room and begin to paint."