Stevie Wonder from “Draw 50 Famous Faces” by Lee J. Ames
via Jennifer Hsu
Leonard Lopate? Brian Lehrer?
Bill Murray on Gilda Radner:
“Gilda got married and went away. None of us saw her anymore. There was one good thing: Laraine had a party one night, a great party at her house. And I ended up being the disk jockey. She just had forty-fives, and not that many, so you really had to work the music end of it. There was a collection of like the funniest people in the world at this party. Somehow Sam Kinison sticks in my brain. The whole Monty Python group was there, most of us from the show, a lot of other funny people, and Gilda. Gilda showed up and she’d already had cancer and gone into remission and then had it again, I guess. Anyway she was slim. We hadn’t seen her in a long time. And she started doing, “I’ve got to go,” and she was just going to leave, and I was like, “Going to leave?” It felt like she was going to really leave forever.
So we started carrying her around, in a way that we could only do with her. We carried her up and down the stairs, around the house, repeatedly, for a long time, until I was exhausted. Then Danny did it for a while. Then I did it again. We just kept carrying her; we did it in teams. We kept carrying her around, but like upside down, every which way—over your shoulder and under your arm, carrying her like luggage. And that went on for more than an hour—maybe an hour and a half—just carrying her around and saying, “She’s leaving! This could be it! Now come on, this could be the last time we see her. Gilda’s leaving, and remember that she was very sick—hello?”
We worked all aspects of it, but it started with just, “She’s leaving, I don’t know if you’ve said good-bye to her.” And we said good-bye to the same people ten, twenty times, you know.
And because these people were really funny, every person we’d drag her up to would just do like five minutes on her, with Gilda upside down in this sort of tortured position, which she absolutely loved. She was laughing so hard we could have lost her right then and there.
It was just one of the best parties I’ve ever been to in my life. I’ll always remember it. It was the last time I saw her.”
Huh: “a reasonable amount of anonymity”
I’ll be reading from my memoir-in-progress on Feb. 21 along with Sarah Dohrmann, Matthew Burgess, and Phillip Lopate. Please come!
TABOO. See also: “faux pas,” “sacrilege,” “sacred,” or “deviance.”
On Thursday, February 21st at the Center for Imaginative Writing at Teachers & Writers Collaborative, poet MATTHEW BURGESS will read poems of secrecy, nonfiction writers LIZ ARNOLD and SARAH DOHRMANN will share work from their memoirs concerning suicide, and essayist PHILLIP LOPATE will point to the elephant in the room, as only Phillip Lopate does.
It was James Cook who brought “taboo” to the English lexicon after a trip to Tonga in 1777. “Human sacrifices are called tangata taboo,” he wrote in The Three Voyages of Captain James Cook, “and when any thing is forbidden to be eaten, or made use of, they say, that it is taboo.”
Oh, joy, these juicy nuggets that make our literary fodder. Come out to dip in to these writers’ wild worlds of taboo.
LIZ ARNOLD’s personal essays have been recognized in contests held by Georgetown Review and The Atlantic. Her journalism appears in publications including The New York Times and The Guardian, and her off-the-cuff blog, “Homebodies,” is about the homes of people she visits. Liz has an MFA in Nonfiction from Bennington, and is a teaching artist with Teachers & Writers Collaborative. She is working on a memoir.
MATTHEW BURGESS has been a poet-in-residence with Teachers & Writers Collaborative since 2001. He teaches literature and composition at Brooklyn College, and he is a doctoral candidate in English at the CUNY Graduate Center. His first full-length collection of poems, Slippers for Elsewhere, is forthcoming from UpSet Press.
SARAH DOHRMANN is a prose writer and the education director of Teachers & Writers. She has received a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship, a Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant, a Fulbright fellowship for creative writing in Morocco, and the Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize from the Center for Documentary Studies for her collaborative work with photographer Tiana Markova-Gold covering women and prostitution in Morocco. She is also working on a memoir.
PHILLIP LOPATE’s many books include essay collections (including Bachelorhood, Against Joie de Vivre and his two newest, Portrait Inside My Head and To Show and To Tell), fiction (The Rug Merchant, Two Marriages) and poetry (At the End of the Day). Formerly employed by Teachers & Writers, his experiences there were recounted in the educational memoir, Being With Children. He currently serves as Director of the Graduate Nonfiction program at Columbia University.
From my students’ “Renaissance” writings at IS 392K in response to “Dreams” by Langston Hughes:
“Hold fast to dreams
because when you make your wish
life is a lay up
so listen to my swish” - T.M.
“Hold fast to dreams
when it comes true
You’ll be like a kid
at a McDonald’s drive thru” - R.C.
“Life is an evergreen that will forever grow
Life is a stream that will always flow
Dreams are a hideaway from reality
Dreams are a cave of light and privacy.” - O.T.
From my students’ “Renaissance” writings at IS 392K in response to “Dreams” by Langston Hughes.
Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.
In this elegant, haunting, and highly anticipated debut novel from 5 Under 35 National Book Foundation honoree Paul Yoon, a North Korean war refugee confronts the wreckage of his past. With spare, evocative prose, SNOW HUNTERS traces the extraordinary journey of Yohan, who defects from his country…
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#Gorgeous #afternoonwalk #sunshine #winter #shadows #trees #snow #nwct #now #nofilter
The sunlight today is beautiful
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