#Authors I’ve heard of but not of these works….
Sherwood Anderson. “I Want to Know Why.” (story)
Stanley Kunitz. “Around Pastor Bonhoeffer”. (poem)
Richard Wilbur. “Love calls Us to the Things of This World”. (poem)
John Hawkes. The Lime Twig. (Novel. Never heard of him either.)
Thanks, David Shields. Again. [Other People: Takes & Mistakes].
Great performance by Anita Majumdar in her play at YPT (Young People’s Theatre). The teenage characterizations were all too familiar for a high school teacher. (The show put me back in the zone for returning from March Break next week.) As someone who has done a one man show, I applauded the energy and focus of Majumdar, who, in each act, never left the stage.
Wonderful discussion prompts in the program also. Boys With Cars
(Thanks to JG for the tickets!)
“Take advice from me. It takes a lifetime to take advice from yourself.”
[what I remember of the quote from the film A Taste of Honey (1961), based on the play.]
A teacher emerges from the end of term into March Break exhausted, relieved, stunned. When the dust settles, it’s dust that gets noticed. Taxes, dust bunnies, tabletops strewn with papers that were never as important as students’ papers midterm. One hardly knows where to begin.
It’s daunting but it’s a curiously welcome change….
Started the latest David Shields book Other People: Takes and Mistakes. Guiltily, as I have Margaret Atwood’s Hag Seed half completed at home, and am also rifling through possible plays for next year’s school play. My tastes are catholic, as are my reading habits.
So hard to categorize Shields’s work. #Literary criticism? Cultural essays? I didn’t even know where to find him in the bookstore. (You don’t need to know this online, but in an old fashioned brick and mortar store, you do. I found the book under “Essays”.)
All I know is, his endless referencing of writers and their works makes me want to read them, as well as Shields himself.
I can’t say I necessarily want to read Shields more than once, but his nudging me to read someone or something he has mentioned makes me feel like I have.
If there was a genre I never expected to find social commentary tucked inside, it’s Grand Guignol. Those seemingly opposing genres work together quite nicely, along with humour and suspense, all neatly laid out in Jordan Peele’s #film Get Out. Get out and see it.
With age comes wisdom. As a #teacher, I know this is true. I’ve seen a lot, and taught a lot. I am a much better teacher now than I was in my twenties.
For a time, I guess I was more patient. I understood that young people were still developing, especially in their ability to evaluate and make decisions.
So I am older. Wiser, I hope. I might be less patient. It’s good to be aware of this as I interact, with anyone, but especially with the young people I encounter.
Good to be aware.