Author Archives: Ara Hagopian's The LITERATE Show

About Ara Hagopian's The LITERATE Show

For over thirty years, I have enjoyed drawing beautiful shapes and writing complementary stories. The imagery tends to focus on our place in the world—whomever or whatever we may be. I am influenced by Twentieth Century history—I read vintage magazines, books and letters. Inspiration comes from visualizing human achievement and personal interaction—derived from people, places and things which may be obscure, but never insignificant. My pen-and-ink THE MAGNIFICENT RECOVERY was selected by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston for their 2008 summer art auction.

Smack That Pivot

Do you remember what you did? It was a long time ago, forty-one years ago this December. I was eleven. You were what, thirteen, fourteen? I ask this because you were bigger, and in a higher grade. I wish you’d … Continue reading

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UPDATE 12/13/2017: Photography, artwork thumbnails, and tentative story list have been posted. Exciting news—I’m now accepting pre-orders for my 4th book! I’m producing a collection of my best short and mid-length stories from the last five years, work which has … Continue reading

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Find The Willing

It’s not enough to reach out. It’s not enough to want, or to wish. There’s a man in Norway who’s made a friend in Scotland. He’s in his 60’s; she is about that age too. Both their spouses have passed … Continue reading

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She Runs

She was a new car once. She was scrutinized, negotiated, fawned over, and loved. This gray Plymouth Valiant Signet was shiny, true and new, over fifty years ago. Today she runs as a beater on Manhattan Beach’s posh streets, the plaything of an … Continue reading

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The Hook of Respective Longevity

On a short alley lot at Perkins Cove, Maine, a small hook holds a chain together. This metal forging is very old, perhaps older than seventy years. Today her job is lightweight duty; she keeps tourists off private property. This old hook is retired; … Continue reading

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The Family and the Empty Nester

It’s been a difficult year. Our three cats passed away within 14 months, these animals had been our family the past two decades. Now we have three cremation urns on a memory table, cold ceramic and wood where there had … Continue reading

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Palnita, Art of the Ancient Americans

Palnita, Art of the Ancient Americans (pen and ink, 2011) is an abstract drawing inspired by the inhabitants of North America, as they existed approximately twelve thousand years ago. The blues, greys and greens form a purposeful shape that evokes … Continue reading

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