Wild Grapes My illustrated, 60th anniversary edition of the Chinese modern classic
Art with Claude I was 25 and had just dropped out of a doctoral program at Harvard. Immature and uncertain of the road ahead, I nevertheless wanted to write a humble book for children about creativity, respect for others' opinions, art history, and the nature of art itself. Supported largely through the titanic love and generosity of my girlfriend at the time and her parents. While I intend to republish a hardback version of Art with Claude in the coming years, you can find it and my other mid-20s efforts here.
Kip and Alastair Just prior to Art with Claude, I was working at the Harvard Business School as a faculty assistant in the Negotiations Department. While I didn't neglect my official duties, I certainly availed myself of copious amounts of down time (Aside from ordering car service, coordinating business travel, facilitating student/professor communications, and being corralled into pedestrian, gossipy interchanges about the daily minutia of the lives of potential Nobel laureates, I actively pursued time for scrawling the following on official HBS correspondence, a toothy, yet fine-grained paper that welcomed my Japanese pens like my beloved prairie grasses greet the springtime sun). How I especially settled on a spare, surrealist tale of the friendship and travels of the be-hoodied intellectuals...G*d only knows...back then I was looking at American society and trying to reconcile the writings, faith, and philosophy of Puritanism/Transcendentalism with the extreme megalomania/celebrity culture with which society has long been awash.