Just finished this amazingly lyrical, simply elegant elegy / memoir about the death of her friend by suicide. I'm nearly as impressed by this book as...moreJust finished this amazingly lyrical, simply elegant elegy / memoir about the death of her friend by suicide. I'm nearly as impressed by this book as by her other memoir, Two Kinds of Decay, which I loved from start to finish
Having lost a friend to suicide, it is nearly impossible to articulate the emotional tsunami that passes in waves through my body.
If I could write even a simple 14-line sonnet as clear-minded and distinctly focused as Sarah Manguso's book about the loss of her friend, I may be lucky because the death of my friend allows me to reassess my own life at that time.
Knowing the whole time that it was either her or me or both of us, or neither of us. But she is gone, and perhaps watching over me as a spirit guide. Her sacrifice allowed me to move on and hold strong. Almost 20 years since she passed, and I still miss her as if it were yesterday.
What was the inspiration behind the writing of this play? Winner of the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, A play that starts with intentional miscommunic...moreWhat was the inspiration behind the writing of this play? Winner of the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, A play that starts with intentional miscommunication, to achieve an end that ends the play and all future communication between mother and daughter. (less)
Learning about the Three-Card Monte routine from a play is brilliant.
Now I have a slight understanding into what might take place in cities where tou...moreLearning about the Three-Card Monte routine from a play is brilliant.
Now I have a slight understanding into what might take place in cities where tourists are plenty and some are gullible enough to fall for a street hustler like Link/Lincoln. That the end of the play is tragic is hardly news when Booth/3-Card always has a gun on him.
Perhaps I have a more vivid imagination than others for envisioning this play on the stage just by reading the text. I wish others could have enjoyed the writing style and rhythm of the language Parks used to convey a "street authenticity" about poverty and loss in the black community.
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I only wish I could have seen Jeffrey Wright play Lincoln and Don Cheadle (or, Mos Def) play Booth.
"Jeffrey Wright, 36, and Don Cheadle, 37, two American actors magnetic and deft enough to make a subway schedule sound like Death of a Salesman, are playing brothers. Wright is the consummate older brother: blase, unruffled, masking a lethal germ of failure, sneaky enough to wield his seniority like a flyswatter when necessary. Cheadle is the consummate younger brother: a striver, a pupil, itchy for attention, both one step behind and one very crucial step ahead." By Jeff Gordinier (http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,25283...)
I received the book as a gift from Bernard Harcourt for hosting a successful event at the bookstore for him and Tom Mitchell last May.
Thus, I am not w...moreI received the book as a gift from Bernard Harcourt for hosting a successful event at the bookstore for him and Tom Mitchell last May.
Thus, I am not without a tainted bias, as my objectivity is displaced by close association with two of the writers of the book. What I can say in critique is they too are hampered by a lack of dissociation with their subject, as they (Bernard and Mick) were active participants in the protest movement branded "Occupy!"
I enjoyed the writing though the internal references between the three professors was a bit tedious and overwrought. But who am I to complain over such a minor detail. This book of three accounts of the events leading up to OWS and the Arab Spring are well-informed and frankly, nobody else is going to be as well-educated as three three authors writing on the intertwining of two major political movements in the sestet (after the octave) of the first quatorzain of this century, or perhaps, just the second octave of presidential power in office.
I am grateful to know such people who are critical-minded professors, but don't sit on the fence when they have the chance to effect change or assist those in their own attempts to address the problems of misconduct within the financial sector and the governmental bailout of major institutions to the neglect of individuals and families and small businesses in the USA.
What more can I say, I read the book and learned from it. Read it for yourself if you are so inclined and make your own judgments.
And once again I'd like to thank Bernard for his attentiveness to the needs of others in need.(less)