J.B. Blackford

Refine. Hone. Distill. The self is a text, too.

Students in Print: 826 National Cultivates Creative Writing

Writing is important because it’s a way to communicate. It’s important because it’s a way to express yourself. It’s important because — even in the digital age — we need … Continue reading

March 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

A Night with Neil Gaiman Is Worth a Bucket of Snot

This blog is almost two weeks late. I wanted to write about┬áNeil Gaiman’s one-stop Pittsburgh “tour” as soon as possible, but I took a gamble: I went out to see … Continue reading

November 28, 2012 · Leave a comment

Who’s Trying to Write Her First Novel? This Girl.

Recently, I had a conversation with my husband inspired by an episode of ┬áThe Big Bang Theory about the difference between theorists and engineers (or the “thinkers and dreamers” versus … Continue reading

October 4, 2012 · 4 Comments

Perspectiva — To Look at and Through

I have never thought of myself as a writer. By now, I imagine that it’s fairly clear that I see myself as a type of distillery, the filter through which … Continue reading

August 23, 2012 · Leave a comment