By Robert Pack, Jay Parini
Greater than 3 dozen voices supply diversified expressions of the dynamic interplay among culture and the yankee cognizance, and lots of solutions to the query of ways to "construct a 'self' from the fabrics of lifestyles in our contentious and sometimes incoherent culture."
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Finally, Mother slid in beside the platters of hors d'oeuvres and turned around to make sure I was there. On the way home, lying on the cool, vinyl-covered seat, I looked up through the rear window at the elms canopied over Sheridan Road and listened to my parents talking. My mother commented on various relatives' health. "Sylvia has aged," she would begin; or, "Don't you think Gladys looked awful? '') "I've never seen Grisha looking so unhappy," she persisted. " My father grunted; it was people's waistlines that interested him, not their faces.
He read The New Republic, subscribed to the classical-music station WFMT, and was a patron of the Chicago Symphony. He had commissioned a painting by Chagall for his wife and had spent an afternoon with the painter in Vence. My father hated rabbiswe were liberals, free-thinkersand had prevailed upon his old friend to deliver the eulogy. In the kitchen that morning, he had stood beside the sink in his robe and dictated the details of my grandmother's life over the phone to Leon in his Mercedes. Pacing up and down while his old friend crept through rush-hour traffic on Lake Shore Drive, he tried to remember how old she was, the name of the town where she was born.
When I reported the episode over dinner that night, my father was proud. I tried to keep up; I played the flute until it became evident that de- Page 20 spite the private lessons, despite practicing two hours a day, I had no promise. For my fourteenth birthday, I was given a set of expensive oil paints, fine brushes, an easel, and enough canvas for Guernica. I set up shop down in the basement, and within a week had completed my first work, a gaudy web of blotted shapes, the paint squeezed on so thick it refused to dryand in the center, a white square.
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