Monday, April 28, 2014

(Just Another) Melange Monday

It's Monday ... time for melange. 

Initially, let me say I am thoroughly enjoying Goli Taraghi's short stories in her 2013 collection The Pomegranate Lady and Her Sons. Taraghi's writing has been described as accessible (it is), laced with mysticism (it is), as well as "constricted by class consciousness" (not certain I agree with the constricted portion of that). The mystical elements serve well the reality of tumult and revolution that marks Taraghi's Iran. The short story form allows it all to be digested in short, tasty, and easily manageable bites. I give this collection all the stars possible.


If you're around the New York City area and have the time, I hope you'll check out my friend Ruth Marshall's latest exhibit Closely Knit: A Textile Analysis of Animals, the opening reception for which will be held this coming Wednesday, April 30th from 6:00 - 8:00 pm in Central Park's Arsenal Building. Her previous work (think endangered wild animal pelts meet knitting needles) has received wonderful reviews, and I have no doubt that this latest exhibit will be met with the same. The exhibit will be in the Arsenal Building through June 20th, dotted with talks throughout that time. Hit the above linky to find out more information and see Ruth's amazing work. And remember: no animals were hurt in the knitting of each life-like pelt.


Finally, while I'm discussing other people's art, I really must mention a recently published book by a Ravelry friend and artist, Jacqueline Boyle. She's co-written and illustrated a book to be read to babies in the womb. Can't Wait to Show You: A Celebration of Mothers-to-be can be found on Amazon, and looks to be rather super, really. She's co-written it with a literacy specialist and they harnessed the copious amounts of research indicating the benefits of reading to babies in utero. I just love anything that promotes reading and literacy, as well as the sweet illustrations. My hat's off to Jacqueline - I've been viewing her art for a few years now, so this is an exciting new development.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much, Denise! I'm so touched. This really is an exciting project and I love that you appreciate the literacy aspect, which is dear to my heart too. Also thank you for following, and for your Voie de Vie self! xoxo