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Now, this collection is impeccable editorial work. Cliff Eisen has done an outstanding job that ought to serve as an example to editors everywhere. He has supplied this volume with an excellent chronology of Mozart’s life, a fascinating biographical essay, with a special accent on the voluminous correspondence (some 1200 letters) of the entire Mozart family, and most helpful sections for “List of Important People” and “Further Reading”. The numerous historical “gaps” between the letters are explained in italicized notes of exemplary lucidity and conciseness. The whole book feels more like an epistolary novel, and one with a very high degree of readability and superb entertainment value.
Published as a joint collaboration between the Chrysler Museum of Art in Virginia and the Aperture Foundation, this is a hefty anthology filled with the text and images of 150 ground-breaking photographers from the early-19th century to the late-20th century. It was curated by Brooks Johnson, the Curator of Photography at the Museum for 30+ years.
Rupinder Gill’s On the Outside Looking Indian, which was published in 2012, is a humorous account of taking a year out – a sabbatical, if you will – at age thirty to live a “second childhood”. The author is a second-generation Canadian-Indian.
We’re talking with Rupinder Gill about her first book, On the Outside Looking Indian. A funny and witty memoir about a year full of urban adventures that she has called her “second childhood”.
A long-held love for this particular performance art and for oral storytelling led to the creation of “Kahaniyaa for Kids” (Stories for Kids) – an Indian-American puppet show company founded in 2012 by Neha Bhatt, a Special Education Teacher, and Pallavi Mahadkar, a Business Analyst.
Technology enables new and creative forms of storytelling. One example is transmedia, a new technique of storytelling that involves enhancing the experience through multiple platforms, such as books, videos, and even live events.
This is a classic Mueller poem – taking the ordinary and everyday and, with a well-honed precision of language and imagery, unfolding rich, intricate layers of meaning. Whether you find yourself reflecting on the latter or just enjoying her abilities to use simple language to evoke so much, you will be drawn in irresistibly to re-read again and again.
If one had to sum up in 1-2 sentences, this poem is both about how a deep love captivates a lover’s mind and senses fully and how the strength and power of such love gives it a lasting endurance despite repressive, destructive societies. It is also, like many other Qabbani poems, about the man-woman relationship and how language / words / grammar fail us when we’re in love.
The scene to which Incarnadine continually returns—the Annunciation—has long been a site of ‘fine invention,’ especially in the hands of artists like Simone Martini and Sandro Botticelli; it portrays a human encountering something not human; it suggests that it is possible for us to perceive and communicate with something or someone not like us.
I chose an alter-ego role: a soft-toned harmonizer looking out dispassionately over the detritus of broken love and blue murder. At the end of a river, something is found, which will prove to either kill or cure. A letter could be the answer; whether truthful or not is unknown.
Gepetto’s Lament is the first song I wrote for the album, Narratives. It is an exploration of the story of Pinocchio. It includes a theme that I’ve always felt very close to my heart: unintended consequences. Even with the best of intentions, it is entirely possible to really foul things up.
The lyrics of the song ‘Kate’ are based loosely on her struggle and eventual victory. The instrumental portion in the middle of the song describes her frantic escape through thick woods. I continue to find strength in the lyrics, especially when I perform them live. The obvious metaphor of overcoming one’s own demons, or the difficulties of life, by choosing to be a problem-solver rather than a victim, continues to hold profound weight with me. The decision to survive is as vital to any living being as a beating heart.
When we tell stories, we often strive for the “truth”. I don’t mean the ethical, moral kind of truth here. Rather, that we try to make the story believable enough that our audience will be drawn in and experience exactly what we’re trying to communicate to them. This applies to both fiction and non-fiction and is valid for any preferred medium.
The word “vignette” originates from the French “vigne”, which means “little vine” and refers to the vine motifs used sometimes as decorative embellishments to a text. Put a pin in that phrase “decorative embellishments to a text” because we’re going to come back to it.
My first and most memorable experience of close-reading is from the fifth grade. During the first term of that year, we had, for English Lit, a collection of 10 of Tolstoy’s short stories. As usual, I had already devoured the entire slim volume within the first term week. I was frustrated that, as fifth-graders, we […]
Nelson Mandela’s passing away brought to mind all the wonderful literature that South African apartheid gave rise to. Fiction was one way for writers to raise their voices and bring the collective conscious to a new level of awareness. But, they had their challenges. As Afrikaner author, André Brink, said, “In an open society, in which the whole alphabet of human experience from A to Z is accessible to the writer and where the whole alphabet of expression from A to Z is at his disposal, the very extent of his freedom may diminish the weight of what he has to say. In the closed society, on the other hand, in which the writer is allowed only the freedom to pronounce the letters from A to M, his word immediately acquires a peculiar weight if he risks not only his comfort but his personal security in choosing to say N, or V, or Z. Because of the risk involved, his word acquires a new resonance: it ceases, in fact, to be ‘merely’ a word and enters the world as an act in its own right.” So, let’s examine a few of those works that did just that. Ready?
Yes, this is only a US holiday, but, Hollywood has celebrated it in so many movies that have been seen around the world, we think it might be OK to invite all our readers to play along. We’ll name some of the movie cast and you have to guess the movie name. All of them, of course, feature Thanksgiving in some way or another. Ready?
The National Book Awards for 2013 announced their winners this week. Let’s play a little quiz to check up on some of the facts and stories behind these US awards for fiction, non-fiction, poetry and young adult literature. Ready, steady, go!
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