Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Web Site Story by College Humor

Quite amusing. A tip of the rain hat to Ellen Meister for this.

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Friday, June 19, 2009

Jessica Handler

My pal Jessica has written a fine memoir called Invisible Sisters. The reviews have been excellent, and now the book is high on the Movers & Shakers list for Kindle. Here's a sample from the review in the Atlanta Journal Constitution:
"The opportunity to reclaim herself came when Sarah died in 1992. Still unable to mourn, Handler envies a friend who sobs at the funeral, and finally confronts her father, furious with him for leaving her sister’s shiva early—-and for leaving her, as well. “You still have a daughter,” she tells him. “I’m still alive, and I don’t want you to leave.” It’s the first step toward breaking her family’s conspiracy of silence, and in refusing to stay invisible to him, or herself."

For me, it's the clear, fine writing, and the emotional honesty that make this book soar. Here's an example: "I have been to London and Paris, Rio de Janeiro, and Guadalajara. I know the lyrics to nearly every Beatles song. I have soothed celebrity egos and squelched producer tantrums in Hollywood greenrooms. I can give a pill to a cat, and can thump a cantaloupe and make a good guess as to whether it's ripe. I can parallel park. I can sing harmony. I can make gazpacho. But losing the sister I knew best diminished me."

And I can personally attest to several of these accomplishments, having been a grateful passenger as Jessica drove, sang harmony, and slipped her car into an amazingly narrow parking spot. This is a fine book, and I suggest to my readers that you trot right out and buy it.

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Monday, June 15, 2009

free poetry workshop with Peter Cole, June 23

Peter Cole will be giving a free poetry workshop on Tuesday, June 23, at Benaroya Hall in downtown Seattle, 3-6 pm.

from the MacArthur Fellows website:
"Peter Cole is a translator, publisher, and poet who brings the often overlooked works of medieval Spain and the modern Middle East to English-speaking audiences...Underlying Cole’s translations is an implicit message of cultural and historical cross-fertilization that is also evident in his work as a poet and a publisher. His Ibis Editions publishes little-known works translated from Arabic, Hebrew, German, French, and Ladino, enlightening English-speaking audiences to the thriving literary tradition of the Levant."


Saturday, June 13, 2009

'O sole mio" Trio Ginoble-Boschetto-Barone

All good voices, but I am partial to the skinny one with the glasses. American Idol, Italiano. Check out the stunned look of the Italian pre-teen girls, near the end. Ai, amore.

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