A look at how I've been diverting myself lately
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd. A fictionalized account of the life of 19th-century abolitionist and women's-rights activist Sarah Grimké, interspersed with the wholly made-up life story of a slave named Handful. Both women come across as implausibly modern.
Rabbit, Run by John Updike. The first of four novels about Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom of Mount Judge, Pennsylvania.
Selected Poems by Wallace Stevens, ed. by John N. Serio. A collection of the major verse works of the modernist master, who tends to give me headaches from concentrating too hard.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (Auditorium Theatre). They did "Odetta," a tribute to the late folk singer; "Episodes," a passionate, very '80s piece set to a percussive score; and the classic "Revelations," inspired by African-American gospel music [see Glitter, below, for a clip]
Antigonick (Sideshow Theatre Company). A loose adaptation of Sophocle's tragedy, written by poet Anne Carson, and brought to life by an intelligent, sensitive, and cohesive ensemble under the direction of Jonathan L. Green.
SAW: Grizzly Man (2005) [whoa]
LAST WEEK'S MOVIE NIGHT PICKS
THEME: New Releases
MY PICK: Venus in Fur
KITO'S: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
WATCHING: The Good Wife (CBS), The Fosters (ABC Family), Fresh Off the Boat [I'm catching up via on-demand.]
The 1990s, Beckett, the weather, animals, conservatives, race, aging, Kito, dance, Chicago
FOUR DISEASES I WORRY ABOUT:
4. EVERY STD
THREE YEARS AGO: "Tennessee Williams's mission statement"
FIVE YEARS AGO: "I feel that the theater companies of Chicago should do more to accommodate my body's need for sleep."
SIX YEARS AGO: "How old are you when your voice changes?"