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Traci L. Slatton
Traci L. Slatton is a graduate of Yale and Columbia. She lives in Manhattan with her husband, sculptor Sabin Howard. Her love for Renaissance Italy inspired their sculpture book The Art of Life and her historical novel Immortal. Her other books are the novels Broken, The Botticelli Affair, Fallen, Cold Light, Far Shore, The Love of My (Other) Life, and the non-fiction Piercing Time & Space.

Entries by Traci L. Slatton

Ongoing Chicanery With the Gehry Memorial

(1) Comments | Posted December 12, 2014 | 9:47 AM

The editorial board of the New York Times is at it again, opining in high-falutin' ways that show for the millionth time just how much this newspaper wants to set policy, rather than report it objectively.

This time the Editorial Board is commenting on the ghastly Gehry...

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5 Questions You Must Ask Your Protagonist Before Writing Your Novel

(0) Comments | Posted September 19, 2014 | 6:12 PM

You have a luscious, compelling, thoroughly addictive story idea for your novel. You know how the novel opens--perhaps with a dream, which was Anais Nin's advice to a friend. Or perhaps you're starting with an explosive burst of action or with an immersive interior monologue.

You know...

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How to Handle Email Harassment

(1) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 12:37 PM

Recently I was the target of email harassment, also known as cyberbullying. I was tangled up in business with someone who seemed sane. Then I discovered that this person had impersonated me online, buying a gift from an online vendor and signing my name and personal email address.

Soon thereafter,...

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Visionary Medicine: Neurosurgery Simulation and the Potential to Save Lives

(1) Comments | Posted November 15, 2013 | 7:33 PM

When I was 26 and pregnant with my eldest, a friend from college died of a brain tumor. I felt the loss keenly, not only because I was lushly pregnant and felt everything keenly, but also because he was a unique and splendid man.

Rob was one of...

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Art and Resourcefulness Serving Humanity: ADA's Chairs for Humanity Raffle

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2013 | 5:51 PM

My husband Sabin Howard is a classical figurative sculptor who sculpts idealized human bodies. He's made art for 30 years, it's his passion and his livelihood, and he's developed a thoughtful ideology. His art, he says, is about rising to the occasion. It's about human potential. The perfect forms he...

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Ballet Hispanico School of Dance Rocks

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2013 | 8:20 PM

T.S. Eliot wrote that April is the cruelest month. He wasn't a mom.

Moms know that September and June are the grueling ones. Those are the months when school and extracurricular activities first crank up, and then crescendo in a grand finale, demanding 187 percent of a mom's already stretched-thin...

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The Problem With the Frank Gehry Memorial

(1) Comments | Posted June 20, 2013 | 9:17 PM

Wednesday it was announced that a federal commission charged with building a national monument honoring President Eisenhower voted unanimously to approve elderly architect Frank Gehry's latest design for the monument.

At the outset, let me state, for the record: I am the wife of classical figurative sculptor Sabin Howard,...

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The Mastery of Isadora Duncan

(5) Comments | Posted May 12, 2013 | 6:42 PM

At the end of his excellent book Mastery (New York: Viking, 2012), after carefully composing the argument that genius is available to everyone and delineating the steps necessary to cultivate it, Robert Greene makes the following claim:

... The design of the human brain -- its inherent need to make...

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Censorship, Eros and Assplay

(4) Comments | Posted February 21, 2013 | 5:16 PM

iTunesconnect ticketed my new novel The Love of My (Other) Life, denying it access to the unlimited pleasures of worldwide distribution through iTunes. The reason: the cover art was deemed "inappropriate."

Truthfully, it is a saucy cover: a woman's slim, sinuous back, dropping into the juicy plumpness of her...

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The Bleak Necessity Of The Dachau Tour

(139) Comments | Posted September 27, 2012 | 8:00 AM

I'm working on a new novel set in Munich and Berlin during WWII. For detail and realism, I need to experience a place. Reading books, listening to on-line lectures and watching videos are no substitute for trudging through a city, absorbing through my pores the buildings and people and language,...

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Neurosurgeons Batting for Brain Tumor Research

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2012 | 10:10 PM

Last Saturday morning in Central Park, I came across a uniformed male softball team, practicing intently before a game. A grim-faced player jogged out to shag a ball.

"Excuse me," I called, "you wouldn't all happen to be neurosurgeons, would you?"

"Yes, we are," the player said. His eyebrows remained...

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What I'm Learning About Life From Writing Novels

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2012 | 11:20 AM

I have to reinvent the wheel. I'm just one of those ornery people who has to learn, discover, inculcate for herself, directly. I've got to percolate lessons in my own innards, especially when it comes to writing. For me, writing novels is an arachnid process: novels are spun into intricate...

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Review of Skin Rules: Trade Secrets from a Top New York Dermatologist by Debra Jaliman M.D.

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2012 | 5:16 PM

When I was in my early twenties, my beloved Aunt Judy advised me, "A good skin and a good figure, that's what a woman needs."

We were conversing in the kitchen, preparing dinner together, so this bit of feminine wisdom was just a casual mention. But she was in her...

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