100 PAGES, ONE MOST EXCELLENT NOTEBOOK, AND THE SINGULAR MS. SCHIEWE
Jessie Schiewe is a storyteller and journalist from Los Angeles. She writes letters using pen and ink, shops at thrift stores, watches movies on her VCR, and owns an abundance of manual typewriters. Oh Boy Artifacts asked Ms. Schiewe to fill one of our notebooks with her thoughts; Ms. Schiewe said she had lots of thoughts and had been thinking about writing them down. It was that kind of easy.
Ms. Schiewe would likely interject here to clarify that although the task is pleasurable it is not easy. And we can see where she’s coming from. Writing is a messy business and the sheen of black ink glares our confessions and confusions. Ms. Schiewe is not simply putting her unchecked grammar on display; she moves past surfaces and gets right to the business of unpacking her thoughts; one gets the impression that unexpected things slip out and she lets them fall where they may. She is flatly honest, revealing, funny, and wicked—each new story flavors the stew. While Ms. Schiewe writes, we wait and wonder who she will reveal herself to be on the last page. We will be heartbroken if she paints herself the villain. But, who among us isn’t? We’ll love her anyway.
As print, the media, the industry, as the very ethos of America's most trusted institution takes potshots from all sides; our Ms. Schiewe remains a newspaper reporter and editor at large. She has graciously put her time, talent, and heart to filling one of Oh Boy Artifacts one-hundred-page notebooks. Her pages will appear here, Tuesday through Friday at 11 AM PST for the great pleasure touring her uncensored mind. And, Ms. Schiewe is not milquetoast. You will find her byline in such broadsheets as the Los Angeles Times, SF Weekly, Honolulu Weekly, and LA Weekly. Her online property, OK Whatever, which she describes as ‘oddball journalism for adventurous readers,’ goes live this summer.