The Most Gorgeous (April) Sunday So Far

It is a beautiful, gorgeous Sunday afternoon.  Hubby and self wandered over to the Cantor Arts Center and saw the two current exhibits:  “In a New York Minute,” photographs by Helen Levitt, taken from 1938 – the 1990s, all on the streets of New York City, and photographs by Leo Rubinfien, “Paths Through the Global City.”  Self also saw, in another part of the museum, her first Arcimboldos.  This Renaissance painter painted faces that were collages of fruits and vegetables and flowers.  She’d seen images in magazines but never an actual painting.  The Cantor Arts Center has six:  two regular size, and four miniature.  Fascinating!

Afterwards, hubby and self made the obligatory stop at Gelato Classico on Emerson Street in downtown Palo Alto.  Across the street, at the Aquarius, were posters advertising the two current films:  one was the movie that won Best Foreign Film at the most recent Oscars, and another was a movie called “Potiche” about a woman who takes over running an umbrella factory from her husband and finds that she has hidden managerial talents.  The latter one stars Catherine Deneuve and Gerard Depardieu.

Tomorrow is the Lydia Davis reading (Self missed two greats already:  Deborah Eisenberg and D. A. Powell, she can’t miss this one) at Stanford.  Self is confused because the flyer she got from the Creative Writing Program said that the reading would be held at Cubberley.  But Stanford Events has the reading taking place in the Humanities Center.  Self thinks it is more reasonable to have the reading at Cubberley, as she thinks it will be packed.  If she calls Creative Writing tomorrow, she bets she’ll get an answering machine.  Niece is coming up all the way from San Francisco.  Self sold her on the event by telling her:  “Lydia Davis is the rock star of the short short!”

Self will also try like the dickens to make it to the Feminist Studies Honors Presentation.  She said yes (She always says Yes, and then she ends up not showing for some reason or another).  This time, she peruses the presentations carefully.  What a fascinating assemblage!  Here are the students and their topics:

  • Alison Ganem:  “Mujeres de la Frontera:  Life Histories of Latina Women on the San Diego/Tijuana Border”
  • Monique Loy:  “The Hope and Progress of Human Rights in the Voice of Saudi Women”
  • Jenny Tiskus:   “Cattle Annie:  Performance of Cowgirl Identity in Three Generations (Lithographs, Paintings, Prints)”
  • Madison Kawakami:  “Three Women:  Three Tales”
  • Janess Nickell:   “A Memoir and Reckoning from Jordan”
  • Emily Rialls:   “The Budget:  A Novella (A Fictional Exploration of Family Inheritance)”
  • Cris Bautista:   “The Embodied Word:  William Blake’s Visions of the Daughters of Albion and Female Embodiment Through Text and Image”
  • Elizabeth Sanders:   “When I’m Grown Up, I Shall Find Out:  How Women Writers Construct Agency in Girls’ Coming-of-Age Novels”
  • Charles Syms:   “Contentiously Kwieo:  The Challenges of Korean LGBT Rights Organizing Movement”

Self thinks it is pretty cool that there is a guy graduating in Feminist Studies.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Iain Kelly

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