Thursday, September 30, 2010
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
In a discussion of literary politics, particularly regarding race and gender, The Economist's "Prospero" blog yesterday lamented the fact that Sigrid Nunez's The Last of Her Kind (among other works by women and minority authors) is not widely acclaimed as a "Great American Novel."....
"'When men write books about family life,' observed Katha Pollit recently, 'they are read as writing about America and the Human Condition. When women write books that are ambitious, political and engaged with the big world of ideas, they are seen as stories about the emotional lives of their characters.' I'm reminded of the way I felt when I first read The Last of her Kind, a fine novel by Sigrid Nunez, a woefully unsung author. Here was a smart, ambitious book—a Great American Novel of sorts—which spanned decades in the lives of two women who first met in college in the 1960s. It was about love, friendship, history and ideas, all from a female perspective. It felt thrilling to feel a real sense of familiarity with the characters on the page. But is it any wonder that Ms Nunez has been marginalised as a women's author? Read more.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
One of our favorite critics in the popular media, Roger Ebert, has been suffering from papillary thyroid cancer and its complications since 2002. In 2007, while sitting in the audience at the Toronto Film Festival, Ebert was surprised and delighted to discover that Herzog had dedicated his Antarctic documentary, Encounters at the End of the World, to Ebert. Unable to speak, as a consequence of multiple surgeries, Ebert composed a letter to Herzog that beautifully sums up the maverick director's work and career.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
We mark with sadness the recent passing of Harold Gould, one of Hollywood's great character actors, an alumnus of our University (Albany Teachers College), and a child of the Capital Region-- born in Schenectady and raised in Colonie.
On May 6, 2003, Gould delivered the 7th Annual Burian Lecture of the Department of Theatre, cosponsored by the Institute.
Read the New York Times obituary here.
A 2003 profile by Michael Lisi appeared in the Schenectady Gazette at the time of Gould's visit.