From The Federalist: An Interview With Sculptor Alexander Stoddart

Gentle Reader:

Welcome to the newly-redesigned and updated site, which among other things will be the home for my blogging activity from now on. Thanks to those of you who migrated here from Blog of the Courtier, which I recently archived after over a decade of posts. Realizing as I do that there are still a few kinks to work out over here, please feel free to let me know via the Contact section of this site if you come across anything that isn’t working properly, or that doesn’t display well on your end of things, since no matter how many times you preview something before you publish it, you’re never 100% sure whether the final product is any good once it heads out into the ether.

I had intended to write this first post on the new site last week but, due to a rather nasty bout of the flu, I’m only able to get around to it now. My latest piece for The Federalist is now available for your perusal, and in it I interview Alexander Stoddart, the Queen’s Sculptor in Ordinary in Scotland. It’s quite a long interview, even cut down as it was from the considerable transcript that I started with, but I think you’ll find it worth your time. My sincere thanks to (ever-patient) editor Joy Pullman for leaving intact virtually everything I submitted to her.


Mr. Stoddart is not only an enormously talented artist, he’s also an absolute riot. I remember messaging my publisher immediately after the interview, and commenting that we should take the senior staff of the magazine on pilgrimage to Paisley, the town in Scotland where Mr. Stoddart lives and works, just so that we could all join him at his local watering hole. His great sense of humor and deep insight into art, culture, and the human condition would enthrall all but the smallest of minds for hours.

Once again, cheers to those of you who are long-time readers, and to those of you who are just getting to know my work, for joining me here on this new venture. It will take a little time yet to settle back into the groove of writing on a regular basis, but I hope you’ll continue to bear with me during the interim. Thank you for your support!