Right on, Sherilyn! I love your reviews. It is delightful and satisfying to read thoughtful, articulate and insightful criticism. So rare these days.
We are Tucson Weekly. The time-space continuum means nothing to us. We can manipulate it.
"...he is probably best known for his 1994 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Glengarry Glen Ross, which he adapted for film in 1992. "
Unless time has ceased to be linear, I'm going to assume you meant "his 1984 Pulitzer Prize-winning play."
There is no finer teacher of writing than Richard Shelton. His wisdom and elegant use of diction encompass the lives of thousands of student writers over five decades, from Ai (Florence Haines) to Linda Ronstadt, back then a bright, chubby teenager who showed up barefooted to class. Richard and Lois brought Poetry to Tucson, with the support of Ruth Stephan. Kinnell, Merwin, Linda Pastan, Allen Ginsberg, Ferlinghetti, Mark Strand, Paul Zimmer, Diane Wakowski, Robert Frost, Leslie Silko, Richard Wright and hundreds of other poets came to the University of Arizona, under the aegis of the Ruth Stephan Poetry Center, under the Directorship of the magnificent, charming and brilliant Lois Shelton.
Richard's books, both poetry and prose, have inspired and continue to inspire so many. Each word having weight and meaning, well-thoughtout, measured, revised and ultimately brilliant. Great to note his most recent accomplishment, NOBODY RICH OR FAMOUS, a phrase taken from a poem about his father in THE TATTOOED DESERT. Like the desert he lives in, Richard Shelton survives, and through his decades of compassion and dedication, he has made the difference in hundreds of lives, forcing humanity, without thinking about consequences, in the right direction.... into the light.
Great photography on the cover and in with text ; i.e.
Sloane Ann Ehnat !
Bernal's photography is both brilliant and immediately touching.
Simmons-Myers, herself an extraordinary photographer, extends herself unconditionally to others in her field. I remember her work to organize and present an international auction of photographs to assist the Bernal family during his long illness.
I'm so grateful that this photography has been rediscovered and so lovingly cared for by this group of people. I grew up hearing about Louie and also Lupe and Memo and the Quinones family. I've only meet these family members a few times if at all. I'm lucky, my mom (Francisca) tells stories from that time and reanimates those memories for me. My mother talked about Louie and his important photography for years, as they both lived in Douglas, and then later Phoenix. The line in the story about the thirteen year old girl later being deported twenty-six years later made me weep unexpectedly. It's so important to tell the true cost of our produce here in Estados Unidos. I'm proud to be kin to the man who shone a beautiful light into the homes of the immigrants (And in some cases, my very own family members!). My auntie sent a link, and I can barely wait to call my mom and talk about this article together. After so many years it's bittersweet. I don't know if I can make it to Douglas, but I encourage everyone to see this show.
First of all, I'm a fan of Bernal's photography. So for those of you who have not seen his pictures, take the effort to do so. The problem is that we might not get to see them again anytime soon.
To spend three years as is stated in the article to get the exhibit ready is a signal of the issue here. Photography is a visual medium, digital or film. For others, it an entity or object that needs to be protected almost at all costs. Restricting access to the object is part of the ritual. As an avid photographer, I find the activities of archivists peculiar, almost like packratting, or acting like one of those peculiar neighbors who fills their house with junk. While taking care of photographs, especially those on film, is a procedure that requires training and skill, the overall behavior, acting like exposure to light or actually letting humans looks at the pictures as if it is some kind of religious ritual that can only take place when the planets are in a certain alignment, strikes me as absurd and outdated. Bernal's pictures can be easily scanned and placed online where we can all enjoy them all of the time. It shouldn't be a pilgrimage for the benefit of a few.
Another frank and well-written review by Sherilyn Forrester. Please keep them coming!
How can you promote good education when we all see exactly how you act when you dont get your way? Think about it.
The 'devastation' is nothing compared to the real devastation that illegal aliens have had on America, Americans!
It isn't entirely accurate to state that there is no fence across the San Pedro. There is a fence, and the truth is that it is "semi-permeable". Sonoran pronghorn antelope are not jumpers and they cannot cross here (or anywhere along the border that I am aware of). It (the crossing at the San Pedro River) provides a single point of access for wildlife whereas they used to have hundreds/thousands of miles where they could cross freely. If you really want to know the reality of the situation, let me know. I have been there. I have pictures.
Friendship Circle is open every weekend by the Border Patrol. Its main mission there is to reunite families every weekend. They go above and beyond by opening a door twice a year and giving these families the opportunity to embrace. These are families that choose to stay in the US and can return to Mexico at any time. The Border Patrol allows a myriad of events ranging from bi national yoga to concerts and ted talks on federal property.
The infrastructure has improved the local economies and made the communities substantially safer. This is evident by the schools, parks, shopping mall, homes, and even an air terminal that did not exist prior to the infrastructure. Fencing was necessary because in 1986 San Diego hit a record high 628,000 apprehensions. Thanks to the infrastructure there has been a 96 percent decrease and communities are safer.
There's no fence across the San Pedro. Animals cross there all the time. They can also cross a few miles west through the Huachucas. No fence there, either.
"Corazn, a female from Sonora who was *poisoned and set afire* in a jaguar preserve."
It can be so hard to wrap my head around the fact that there exist human beings who would actually do this and that I am sharing the earth with them. What the hell?!!
Best of luck to the Sky Island Alliance.
Lots of dancing going on as well at Tucson Eat Yourself. The UA Ritmos Latinos Dance Club will be on the Church Stage at 3 pm on Sunday, Oct 9. The will perform 3 "rueda de casino" dances. It's a Cuban style of dance performed in a circle with a caller. Steps are similar to Salsa dancing, but more circular in nature. Hope to see you there!
You can WIN 2 Tickets to Twyla's performance. Just be the first to answer 3 of the 5 questions correctly on the Arizona Dance Coalition Facebook page!
The home tour has an adobe and glass house by Tom Gist, not Frank Gest.
"The Big Lebowski" is one of the many Coen movies who's lines are repeated regularly in our home. I think this is one exhibit we should see! "Donny, shut the F*#K UP!"
The Tucson Community Theater Company's performance of "The New American Candidate" runs for 3 weeks, not 3 days as the article states. Sept 14 through the 30th. Also, the writer had another typo, as "100 local talent" should be "100% local talent."
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