Sep 5 2013 | 5 Comments
This week started the official kick off to fall. Tuesday saw Lucy starting a new school and the 8th grade.
She headed off to school headless or at least as far as any photos taken by us were concerned.
She thought it beyond lame that we would want to capture the moment. But her sister, who no doubt expressed the same feelings at the same age, got the snap for me. Taylor then proceeded to escort Lucy to school with me. At which point Lucy said good-bye to us both at the front door. They grow up too fast.
Tuesday we attended the premiere of Salinger The Documentary. I don’t want to trash this film. I don’t want to really get into my feelings. You can read what the New York Times thinks – if you care.
I will say, one understands why Salinger might have locked himself away all those years. And he certainly would have never put his stamp of approval on this depiction of his life and work. The war sections were interesting. The music was deafening and beyond distracting. I don’t think one should ever put actors in docs. But that being said, it’s not not worth your time. Which is an odd way to review a film. It’s not too good, but maybe you should see it anyway. In fact the truth is, things don’ t always have to be good to be interesting.
This is a brief bit about the film and the evening I lifted from Variety.
“At Tuesday’s Museum of Modern Art “Salinger” screening Harvey Weinstein gave a shout-out to his most honored guest Elie Weisel as he introduced the documentary’s determined writer-director-producer Shane Salerno.
Salerno, 40, began the project when he was 30. “I don’t recommend 10-year productions. It’s extraordinary to be standing here and I want to thank everyone who shared stories with me for the first time,” including Jean Miller (pictured above with Salerno) who at age 14 met J.D. Salinger, who was then 30.Salinger pursued her until she was 18 and once they went to bed left her.
“Something I’ve never told,” Salerno added, “Deborah Randall who is credited as a producer is my mom. We made this film together and she’s very sick and wasn’t able to be here tonight. So after a decade it’s an emotional night and with your permission I’d like to dedicate this to her.
- Stephen Schaefer
Most of the world knows Mark Strand as the Pulitzer Prize winning poet. But in fact he trained to be an artist. He studied under Josef Albers when he was an undergrad at Yale and has never stopped making art.
Thursday night was the opening of his show Mark Strand:Collages at the Lori Bookstein Fine Art Gallery in Chelsea.
The exhibition consists of 15 collages made in Madrid and New York between 2011 and 2013.
Mark is a wonderful artist and if you live in New York you should make a point of stopping by over the next four weeks. The show will be up through October 5th.
I can’t call it the book of the week, but it’s the only book I read this week. As it was my farewell to summer read I figured it didn’t have to be too serious or well written. I’m covering my ass here as if you log on to Amazon they blurb it as Gone Girl meets Gossip Girl. And that is in fact a pretty good description. My friend Barbara told me I would not put it down and she was right. I walked around with my face in it for a few days. It sort of falls apart at the end. Why do they do that? I won’t wreck it. If you have two days and you want a mindless read, it is a page turner.
Find of the Week. Well, actually I found it over the summer. But I discovered the still version this week. Ayala’s Herbal Water. This is the best flavored water I have ever had. And it has zero everything. Calories. Carbs. Sugar. Additives. It’s all pure and just packed with taste. Our favorites are the lemongrass, vanilla mint and the lavender , mint. They come sparkling and still. They actually rival wine. Not in the absolute but sort of.