Friday, September 19, 2008

Wish I Could Go ... Oh, Boy, And How!

GOT this in my Yahoo mail box yesterday from Literary Arts about Live Wire. Oh how I wish I could attend. That day is already packed full of things to do, however.
The event is described thusly:
Writer Sean Wilsey joins Dave Weich in conversation about State by State: A Panoramic Portrait of America. The brainchild of editors Wilsey and Matt Weiland and described as a "metaphorical road trip across America," State by State resurrects a project from the 1930s when the Works Project Administration (WPA) created the Federal Writers' Project, commissioning America's best writers to describe their states. State by State looks at the nation anew through some of its most articulate, insightful, and engaging storytellers.
Wilsey is joined by Carrie Brownstein (NPR blogger and former member of Sleater-Kinney); Daphne Beal (former editor of the New Yorker and writer whose work has appeared in Vogue, McSweeney's, Open City, and The London Review of Books); and Lydia Millet (award-winning novelist).
It would be very interesting to hear what these authors have learned from ordinary people across America - Steinbeck's people, Saul Bellow's people, Zora Neale Hurston's people.
And today, this morning, Pres. Bush stepped out onto the White House patio and described the economy as being at "a pivotal point" in history; in deep crisis. Finally an admission, by the man in charge, that we are up to our necks in serious doo-doo. I see any hope of health care going down the drain and lots of new taxes. The new president's time will be taken up with dealing with economic recovery and we will be dealing with more taxes and postponing retirement and working harder than ever before to shore up America's fortunes. I'm no economist, but I don't think you need to be one to see the handwriting on the wall. It's written pretty large.
On a brighter note, I have started yoga again, twice a week this time, and look forward to putting my warrior pose into practice. It's off into the future - with a brighter outlook - for me. I'm tired of saying "I'm so tired." I felt energized and relaxed - yes, all at the same time - last night and look forward to continuing my yoga practice and stretching in a regular exercise routine.
Here's a cool illustration I found in Project Gutenberg "children's picture books." It is "Struwwelpeter" by Heinrich Hoffman. (Have you ever explored there? It's an interesting project.) Do you think this is where Tim Burton got the Edward Scissorhands creation? I need to look up the story of Struwwelpeter.
Best to you all in these challenging times - femminismo

1 comment:

Candace said...

HOLY MACKEREL. How did I miss this post? Wow, do I ever love the illo of "Struwwelpeter". Mmm. Ya think???
T talked me into going back to yoga too. That first day was rough, let me tell you. It's still rough. LOL.

Best of the rest of the week to you, femminismo!