Picasso-Like Characters Friends & Family

. . .   And collaborators of all stripes. Here you can find the creations and online homes of people I know and love, from musicians to milk-painters and more.

Heidi Howard

My mother, a gifted tavern sign maker and painter (she often uses a traditional paint called milk paint, hence the reference at the top of this page).

Todd Howard

Todd (who designed my mother’s site, featured above) is my imaginative and inspiring cousin. He has several projects to his name:

Dan Wallace • Dispatches from the Untrammeled Mind

My favorite-musician-turned-dear-friend, mentor, and musical collaborator, and a truly unique, remarkable person. He writes on philosophy and other subjects in addition to his music-making.

Paul Howard

An accomplished guitar player and teacher, and the father of my cousin Todd. He, too, has a few projects up his sleeve:

Helen Howard

A first-class watercolorist who happens to be my grandmother.

Genya Rocca-Owodunni

I designed this website for Genya, a dear friend and talented printmaker.

Vesna Jovanovic

A visual artist who works in various media, including ink, paint, photography, ceramics, printmaking, and pencil. I befriended her through Dan Wallace (for whom she has regularly made album artwork).

Jon Searles • Jonathan Something

Jon has been a good friend to me for some years now, and these days he makes music under the name Jonathan Something.

Tido Holtkamp

Tido is a drummer and teacher. The drumming happens with the Doug White Quintet, the Ricky Alfonso Group, the Chris Casey Trio, various other groups, and in all my songs that feature a full drum kit; the teaching happens at my cousin Paul Howard’s Valley Music School, among other places.

Joe Jewett

In one of his many credits, Joe plays violin on two songs from my album Dreams of Pneuma.

Mark Thayer • Signature Sounds Recording Studio

My music ventures occasionally whisk me off to this studio in the nearby town of Pomfret, CT, where owner and engineer Mark Thayer records performances by me and other musicians I enlist.

Allen Shawn

Allen is a seasoned composer, music teacher, biographer and writer at large, unusually kind and sensitive person, son of The New Yorker editor William Shawn and brother of actor Wallace Shawn, and much more. I met Allen at Bennington College, where he briefly became my teacher and not so briefly became my friend.

Hans Gruenig

Hans has been many things over the years, including my uncle, Ph.D. philosophy professor at Tulane University, Designated Speaker for the Dalai Lama during a New Orleans visit, musician, and all-around interesting person (if you ask me...).

Simon Tolkien

An esteemed novelist and grandson of the singular and the late J.R.R. Tolkien, Simon is a family friend: that is, his family are friends of my family, my family are his friends, and he himself is a friend of my family. His friends who happen not to be my relatives, however, are not my family, nor are they necessarily my friends or my family friends. Who would want to parse such a befuddling description but a family friend?

Eli Schiff

Eli is a designer and design critic who extolls beauty in graphical user interfaces and beyond. He is a free thinker and diligent constructor of arguments, not to mention a good fellow.

Annabel Davis-Goff

Annabel writes novels, essays, and screenplays. She directs Bennington College’s Incarceration in America Initiative and Great Meadow Correctional Facility’s Prison Education Initiative. Since 2004, she has also taught literature at Bennington, where I embarked on my profoundly fortunate journey as her student and friend.

Newton’s Cradle with Hammer and Globe Trinkets, Toys, & Tools

Curiosities of the internet: sometimes useful, sometimes charming, and often a little bit of both.

TV Tropes • Television Tropes & Idioms

In my opinion, one of the best sites around. An endlessly engrossing catalogue of tropes in media of all types (not only television), from “Floating Head Syndrome,” to, “It’s Quiet... Too Quiet,” to, “Hurricane of Euphemisms.”


Find public records and complete contact information for just about any court, district attorney’s office, prison, or police department in the United States.

Internet Archive • Wayback Machine

A catalogue of the internet. Travel back in time and visit websites as they existed in years past.

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