Many of what Keyson writes resonates with my own struggles with depression and a general sense of not belonging. The book really affected me in ways tMany of what Keyson writes resonates with my own struggles with depression and a general sense of not belonging. The book really affected me in ways that I felt it should not have, as in it forced me to face some of my own demons. However by the end of the book I was a little disappointed in the way in which it was sort of thrown out and it ended on a sarcastic and defensive note. It almost negated the struggles she faced, in my mind at least. Although perhaps the fact that she blew it off as being a young woman rather than actually facing up to her own personality / behavioral issues is what made this a more realistic account of the life of a young woman. It is hard to say, though I can say that I enjoyed the book and would recommend it to most women, young or old who have dealt with or are dealing with depression or other behavioral disorders....more
The way in which Anais Nin writes in "Henry and June" is obsessive, cyclical, repetitive, poetic, and passionate. I think that the dizzying and obsessThe way in which Anais Nin writes in "Henry and June" is obsessive, cyclical, repetitive, poetic, and passionate. I think that the dizzying and obsessing of the sexual and emotional aspects of her life echo the inner thoughts of many. Nin's diaries have been questioned, but the validity of the historical facts should not deter anyone from reading this incredibly intimate and self analyzing text. Clearly it is about this one woman's perception of her daily life. Her inner struggles and how they affect her personal and creative affairs.
When I read this book I found it at once erotic and reflective. It contained the musings of a dreamer attempting to make dreams a reality. True she may have been selfish, and even lived a life that most would disapprove of, but she was a passionate woman that lived her life on her terms, which historically speaking, was quite outrageous for her time. And for that, I admire her, and her work....more
The play was well written and filled with imagery and allusions to religion, politics, slavery, and cultural identity. I feel that reading and analyziThe play was well written and filled with imagery and allusions to religion, politics, slavery, and cultural identity. I feel that reading and analyzing it enabled me to get some insight into the African-American Man. But that was about it. As a woman (of Caucasian origin at that)I did find it difficult to relate to any of the characters. The women were merely there as objects, lacking any sort of depth or contribution to the story itself.
I suppose that in itself, that isn't so bad as the author was very clearly targeting the African-American male, but would it have been too much to ask that the women be more than walking vaginas?
In an attempt to overthrow the stereotypes of the African-American man being somehow ignorant or incapable of depth and range of emotion, August Wilson managed to degrade the African-American woman down to the crudest of stereotypes: Disapproving Wife, Pretty Gold-Digger, Naive Romantic.
I would be lying if I said I didn't enjoy this particular piece of literature. I did. However it was the overall righteousness that this play was written about superseding one's predestined existence that was flawed; as it only seemed to apply to a very narrow demographic....more
The first time I ever heard of Lemony Snicket's The Composer is Dead, was before this book was ever published. Mr. Snicket and his dear old friend, anThe first time I ever heard of Lemony Snicket's The Composer is Dead, was before this book was ever published. Mr. Snicket and his dear old friend, and composer, Nathaniel Stookey, had been commissioned by the San Francisco Symphony to create a theatrical orchestral piece to encourage youth to become more involved with classical music. A sort of Peter and the Wolf for modern children.
This piece landed at the LA Phil (www.laphil.org) and I promptly took my budding cellist of a daughter to see it. Delightful, witty, and a wee bit macabre. It begins with the discovery of a dead composer, in a coffin, being carried off stage. An inspector arrives on the scene and tries to discover who has killed the composer. He interrogates every section the orchestra, every very suspicious instrument. It really was well done. We were only sad that the book was not published yet and could not snatch it up that day. Although there were promises of a picture book and an audio CD to accompany it in the very near future.
Now the book is out, and the moment I saw it I bought it and played it for my younger child, who was much too young to join us for the live performance. She found it just as delightful. The illustrations by Carson Ellis wax nostalgic with their simple lines and muted colors. It looks as though it were meant to be pulled from the pages of a 1930s comic strip. Of course, the colors used as well as the water color technique are far more sophisticated than the printing capabilities of that time, making the illustrations simple and lovely. In my mind I saw something more along the lines of Edward Gorey, but perhaps his use of dark black lines would not be quite as appealing to younger readers, and I should not impose my vision onto those who are at least 20 years my junior. Afterall, this is for them, not me.
The book really cannot be read without the audio accompaniment. Lemony Snicket's narration is very funny. The music, which borrows heavily from the great masters, is dramatic and wonderful. Each instrument is a character in the story and the audio serves to highlight the personalities and duties of each piece of an orchestra. Allowing the listeners to really connect with the instruments and learn what it is they do individually that creates the enormous sound of a music piece.
I do appreciate that the CD that came with it has narrated tracks and then just the music. This allows for theatrical read-alongs for the family. Who gets to narrate as the Inspector next? Daddy? Mommy? Sister? Fluffy?...more
Updike's reviews are written with the care of an art enthusiast. His deeply personal reflections on artworks and artists takes this collection of essaUpdike's reviews are written with the care of an art enthusiast. His deeply personal reflections on artworks and artists takes this collection of essays out of the usual "art criticism" genre and places it into what can only be described as a conversation between the audience and the artwork. It is a lovely read for any art enthusiast....more
I really REALLY enjoyed this book until... the end. The author changed from past tense to present tense and failed to really end the story where it shI really REALLY enjoyed this book until... the end. The author changed from past tense to present tense and failed to really end the story where it should have ended. Sure, it's autobiographical and life is constantly moving forward, but aesthetically I feel the book could have ended a chapter or two before it actually did. A fun read though, especially if you are interested in belly dance or are nearing 30 and still feeling a bit uncomfortable in adulthood....more