Wishing everyone a relaxing weekend.
(above: three of my favorite
people in Hawaii last summer)
"The yellow walls are lined with portraitsAnd I've got my new red fetching leather jacketAll these poses such beautiful posesMakes any boy feel like picking up rosesThere's never been such grave a matterAs comparing our new brand name black sunglasses..."
The most exciting part is seeing people come together to make connections and build relationships, all brought about by the love of the book. Literature is a transformative vehicle and I get to watch it happen right before my eyes every conference.2. Best comment afterwards, from someone who's attended?
I always look forward to meeting with contemporary authors and illustrators. I love, however, plunging into the folktales since the proverbs and sayings in them always provide wonderful clues and insights into the national psyche of a people.
This is a part of the world I have never seen, so it will be a wonderful adventure - and we have the most wonderful inspiring and educated guide (one we adore) who will be explaining the culture to us.4. Tell me where to sign up for both or either.
- Reading the World XI: www.soe.usfca.edu/institutes/reading_world/index.html to view the website and see who is coming...or contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org
- For the trip: Contact me, email@example.com or 650-342-2817, or Susan Fox, firstname.lastname@example.org
from Peter Sis and the Metropolitan Transit Authority, via flickr, this is part of the marvel at 86th and lexington...lovely caption courtesy of photographer, "lisacat," as follows:
"A Czechoslovakian-born illustrator and children's book writer, Peter Sis moved to New York City where he has also gained attention in 2004 for his subway art installation at the 86th Street Station of Lexington Avenue. Of this piece, he says that 'It's a celebration about the creation of 86th Street. I've been here for 20 years now, and I hope we will all live together post-9/11.'
Sis has used glass mosaic and precious stones from various countries to create a gigantic eye that is looking at the city. The eyeball is surrounded by architectural details of neighborhood landmarks of the Lexington Station. The circular form is also a carousel where children are playing and riding on whimsical animals. Of this he says, "They are symbols of harmony. They are all children from different cultures and traveling musicians playing different instruments from different countries."
The installation by Sis is part of the Arts for Transit Program of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority." (lisacat, 21.06.07, flickr)
There's more on unforgettable subway art, from Steven Heller, here.
[A note on the serenely chic woman in camel and gray...one of the comments on the blog reads as follows:
"elle de jour said: She is Eloisa Bercero, one of the few women in the world that buy haute couture dresses. She has an amazing closet and is considered as one of the most elegant women in the world."
oops...but then, there is this:
Hello to everyone!
A few mysteries revealed:
The coat is Paul Harnden —
Attenzione, the lady's NOT a granny (yet) —
And she's NOT Eloisa Bercero
Trust me, she's MY MUM."
Well, lucky anonymous, with a gorgeous mum. This makes me think of our gorgeous mum, known as mim...talk about amazing...we are the lucky ones!]
"...Jon Favreau, 27, is, as Obama himself puts it, the president's mind reader. He is the youngest chief speechwriter on record in the White House, and, despite such youth, was at the centre of discussions of the content of today's speech, one which has so much riding on it...
Obama is an accomplished writer in his own right, and the process of drafting with his mind reader is collaborative. The inaugural speech has shuttled between them four or five times, following an initial hour-long meeting in which the president-elect spoke about his vision for the address, and Favreau took notes on his computer.
Favreau then went away and spent weeks on research. His team interviewed historians and speech writers, studied periods of crisis, and listened to past inaugural orations. When ready, he took up residence in Starbucks in Washington and wrote the first draft. The end result will be uttered on the steps of the Capitol."
Favreau, above. Looking kind of like the rock star that he is.
"He liked mixing styles, making it look as if Picasso or Rembrandt had drawn someone's head and a comic strip artist the legs and feet.
America, where all the people are under the impression that they can reinvent themselves endlessly, suited him well."