Seattle Repertory Theatre presents Well by Lisa Kron from February 10 to March 5, 2017.
How does an adult child care for a chronically ill parent? Lisa Kron’s Well explores her complicated and loving relationship with her mother, as well as community activism and the nature of illness—all through the lens of deconstructed theatre Continue reading
Looking for something new? Here is a selection of books being published in February 2017.
2/7 – The Book of Hygge by Louisa Brits – another book about the Danish phenomenon that promotes coziness, comfort and connection, from the happiest people on Earth.
2/7 – You Are the Universe: Discovering Your Cosmic Self and Why It Matters by Deepak Chopra – Chopra joins forces with a physicist to explore our role in the universe.
2/7 – Universal Harvester by John Darnielle – Jeremy, a video store clerk in Iowa, discovers some unusual footage spliced into returned videos; what is lurking in the cornfields? By singer/songwriter Darnielle of The Mountain Goats.
2/7 – Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman – Thor, Odin and Loki come alive in Gaiman’s re-imagining of Norse mythology.
2/7 – Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down: How to Be Calm and Mindful in a Fast Paced World by Hyemin – Find the path to inner peace with this title, which was the #1 bestseller in South Korea for 41 weeks.
2/7 – My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella – Fired from her perfect job, Katie returns home to her father’s farm and unexpectedly has her worlds collide. From Kinsella, the chick-lit/rom-com queen.
2/7 – A Separation by Katie Kitamura – a woman separated from her husband goes to Greece to find him and ask for a divorce; a simple description, but Kitamura has written a finely observed novel of infidelity relationships. Continue reading
Next in our ongoing series of 20 books that capture the essence of Seattle, we look at a variety of titles that capture a sense of our city and its environs. Whether you’re new in town, just passing through, or you’ve lived here all your life, these titles will enhance your awareness of and appreciation for the misty charms of this city on the Sound.
The bluest skies that you’ll ever see are in Seattle, unless of course they’re hidden by fifty shades of grey. While less extreme than many other areas of the country, our soggy maritime weather has always been a big part of our identity and outlook: not for nothing are Puget Sound natives called “mossbacks.” Given that weather forms a lion’s share of our small talk, reading Weather of the Pacific Northwest, by local climate celebrity Cliff Mass will up your game when it comes to discussing convergence zones, onshore flow, and our Seattle specialty, the “occasional sunbreak.”
Meteorology not your thing? Check out Tim Egan’s 1990 The Good Rain: Across Time and Terrain in the Pacific Northwest for a more personal and evocative exploration of the beauty and fragility of the Northwest landscape. In vivid prose Egan etches the water-shaped, forested home looking back over a century into the past, and presciently forward to the increasing sprawl, clearcutting and traffic of the past twenty-five years. (For more particular approaches to our environs, check out Richard Morril and Michael Brown’s Seattle Geographies, David Williams’ Too High and Too Steep: Reshaping Seattle’s Topography, and Matthew Kringle’s Emerald City: An Environmental History of Seattle. Or for a disturbing look at what simmers beneath our city’s surface, locals are well advised to check out Sandi Doughton’s Full Rip 9.0: The Next Big Earthquake in the Pacific Northwest. (Long story short: have your emergency plans ready.) Continue reading
Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series portrays conditions that precipitated the exodus of African Americans out of the south as well as the complexities encountered by the migrants upon their arrival and settlement in the northern states.
Alejandro Santiago, also, sought to portray a historic event; one which we can witness today. 2,501 Migrants: A Journey consists of life-sized sculptures exemplifying absence. Returning to Oaxaca after a decade abroad, the artist was alarmed by the number of Mexicans leaving their ancestral village to cross a deadly desert in search of a better life. As with Jacob Lawrence, Santiago’s work mirrors the impetus to move from south to north, from rural to urban, and the consequences wrought of that decision and its impact on the family unit. Continue reading
If you ever took an English class that covered the history of literature, you very likely spent at least a few minutes on epistolary novels, or novels written as a series of documents, traditionally letters. The examples that spring to my mind are the classics, such as Pamela; or, Virtue Rewarded by Samuel Richardson (c. 1740) and Dangerous Liaisons by Choderlos de Laclos (c. 1782). However I’ve been rather surprised and delighted to find the genre is still going strong, evolving alongside our forms of communication, ranging from from historical novels where characters exchange letters to contemporary fiction using emails, text messages, tweets and more. Continue reading