I breathe in and out and decide that today, I will be tall.
A Towering Figure Enclosed Within a Glass Greenhouse by Susanne Ussing
Susanne Ussing, ‘I Drivhuset’ (‘In the Greenhouse’), 1980. Ussing was a Danish artist and architect, with a special interest ceramics. This mixed-media piece brings together the world of sculpture and architecture by placing the former inside the latter. Classical parallels are easily conjured here. Like a latter-day (and feminine) Zeus at Olympia, this ginormous female figure is too large for the confines of the glasshouse, which looks like it might shatter were she to move too freely; like a Crouching Aphrodite of immodest proportions, she looks vulnerable and coquettish all at once. At the same time, her skin of newspapers and skeleton of metal and wood thoroughly modern - not quite distracting from the gracefulness of her pose, but instead under-girding her with firm foundations.
Susanne Ussing (1940-1998, Danish) - I Drivhuset installed at Ordrupgaardsamlingen (In the Glasshouse), Denmark, 1980. It is composed of granite and porous materials.
“At the start, it seems, Hemingway was attempting to write a novel very different from what would become The Sun Also Rises, which made his name as one of ‘those ones with their clear restrained writing.’ He imagined a book in which the ‘whole business’ of life gets expressed, in all of its messy detours and associations.”
Ninety years ago today, James Baldwin was born in New York.
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Our colleagues at the NPR Archives tumblr have been sharing pieces of NPR journalist Margot Adler's reporting and other remembrances. Adler died Monday. Here's a master list of what they've shared.
- Margot Adler, A Venerable And Beloved NPR Voice, Passes At 68
- Here’s Margot reporting in 1979 on gay activists’ protests against the 1980 filmCruising, starring Al Pacino.
- Here, she covers an anti-nuclear arms demonstration in Shoreham, NY.
- Illustrating Margot Adler’s ability to act as an “anthropological journalist,” here’s a 1986 report on the Rainbow Gathering.
- This short documentary on the Shanti Project in San Francisco documents one of the first social service organizations in the country to reach out to people living with HIV and AIDS.
- Classic Margot Adler reporting: a visit to pirate radio station WFAT in New York. Great audio capturing the spirit of the time.
- Jonathan “Smokey” Baer is an Associate Producer at NPR. He shares this remembrance of a magic moment he shared with Margot reporting on the Hutterite community in Connecticut.
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