Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Arts - period ended 10.15.2006

Arts / Theater / Conscience // Two wives, separate lives until a fateful car crash / San Francisco Chronicle / San Francisco / CA / USA /4-Oct-06//... the final scene. Keith Burkland has similar pacing problems as Lyman's foil, lawyer and the play's Quaker conscience. Neither he ...

Arts / Photography / Cook, Susan Winters / Prince, Emma / Images of apartheid join GCC collection / The Gloucester County Times / Mullica Hill / NJ / USA /14-Oct-06//... Prince, a Pitman resident, became friendly with Cook and familiar with her photography skills when they were members of the Mullica Hill Quaker Meeting. ...

Arts / Music / Pacifist / Johnson, Libby / Big buzz for New Yorker's solo CD / New York Daily News / New York / NY / USA /13-Oct-06//... ""I wrote 'Rain' two days before the invasion of Iraq, at a Quaker meeting," the songwriter explains. "I get really inspired by them. Everyone can get up and talk, and, being pacifists, they did a lot of talking.". ...

Arts / Music /// Wilmington Friends Meeting concert series starts tonight / The News Journal / Wilmington / DE / USA /5-Oct-06//By GARY SOULSMAN, The News Journal. Wilmington Friends Meeting on Quaker Hill launches a new music series tonight with singer-songwriter John Flynn. ...

Arts / Magazines / Makins, Peggy / Valerie Grove / The Sunday Times / London / England / UK /4-Oct-06//... The first agony aunt I met was Evelyn Home, of Woman magazine. The pseudonym (Eve, for seductive womanliness, Home being what all women want) concealed Mrs Peggy Makins, who was still addressed as “Miss Carn”, as she had been when she took over the magazine’s problem page at the age of 20, in 1937. She’d been orphaned, left with a country pub to run and a brother to bring up. Her kind, humorous eyes bespoke compassion. Addressing readers as “My dear”, she’d dealt with bestiality, incest, impotence, frigidity, the lot. But most of her 500 letters a week were about marital infidelity, money and the gullibility of young girls about men. She was a Quaker, and the only conclusion she’d reached was that: “Whatever the purpose of life is, it is not just one sea of pleasu ...

Arts / Literature / Politics and Economics / Leftist / Signs of Decay / Mother Jones / Los Angeles / CA / USA /12-Oct-06//... In fact, the item about the "Take Back America" conference immediately reminded me of something George Orwell wrote in another age and context: "One sometimes gets the impression that the mere words 'Socialism' and 'Communism' draw towards them with magnetic force every fruit-juice drinker, nudist, sandal-wearer, sex-maniac, Quaker, 'Nature Cure' quack, pacifist and feminist in England." ...

Arts / Learning Disabilities // Artist's awry vision works well / Cortez Journal / Cortez / CO / USA /5-Oct-06//… Smith is dyslexic. One of her counselors in high school gave her an eye test and told her she couldn’t read. When she did — having learned to be successful at it in large part from the patience and understanding of two older Quaker women (Minna and Anna) who helped to raise her — the counselor called her a fake and sent her back to class.

“I think that’s why I’m an artist,” Smith says. “I don’t see things like anyone else. Being dyslexic is actually a plus for me.”….

Arts/Film/International Conflict/MOVIE REVIEW | 'OUT OF PLACE: MEMORIES OF EDWARD SAID'; A Life of Exile, Identity and Arab-Israeli Politics/New York Times/New York/NY/USA/11-Oct-06//... Though loosely framed by readings from Mr. Said’s 1999 memoir of the same name, “Out of Place” is less a biography than a somewhat rambling meditation on exile, identity and the psychological scars of dispossession. The result is a melancholy, searching film whose inspiration, modestly buried in a Quaker cemetery in Lebanon, remains as distant as the world that shaped him....

Arts / Fashion / Coveting / Darnell, Doris / Out of the closet / Sydney Morning Herald / Sydney / Australia / Oceania /14-Oct-06//… The collection was bequeathed to Smith three years ago by her godmother, Doris Darnell, a Quaker from Pennsylvania, aged 90. It comprises 3500 pieces, including designer dresses, undergarments and accessories such as gloves, hats, hatpins, jewellery and handbags.

The items were gifted to Darnell from the 1940s, and they keep on coming. "Doris is a very devout Quaker, and Quakers are not meant to covet things, and of course collecting is coveting," Smith says. "She started innocently, in the sense that she would always wear vintage clothing.

"Back in the 1940s no one wore vintage clothing, especially in a Quaker community. She would wear her mother's furry jumpers, little capes and 1920s skirts. People would see her and say, 'Oh, my mother has got one of those, would you like it?'

"She started acquiring these things because she wanted to wear them. When she became well known people saw her as a nice little storage point for all the things they didn't know what to do with."….At least Darnell can still get her hands on some of the collection she amassed. When she handed over the clothing to her goddaughter, she kept a few pieces for herself, and still wears them around her Quaker retirement village in Pennsylvania.

"I think (collecting the clothes) was her way of being a bit of a maverick, just breaking away," says Smith. "She's fabulous and so flamboyant. At the moment she's living in a Quaker retirement village in Pennsylvania and she wears (the clothing) to breakfast, lunch and dinner."......

Arts //// A quieter Circus McGurkis / St. Petersburg Times / St. Petersburg / FL / USA /5-Oct-06//... Martha Pihaylic and her husband, Barry Knoblock, caretakers at the St. Petersburg Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends, the Quaker organization that has served as longtime host of the event, said the park looked usable as recently as July. ...


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