Thursday, April 21, 2016
After reading "The Final Solution", I plunged ahead into a mega-sized volume,
"The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay". This is a rich, spicy and powerful stew of imaginative imagery. (It reminded me of "Refiner's Fire" by Mark Helprin). A complicated tale of escape from the Nazis, resettlement in New York of the late 1930's, invention of a successful comic book character and lots of interesting history, an delectible love triangle, the most original story of WWII military service I ever encountered. One character evolves through the book as an avowed homosexual man 1950's America; that process seemed eloquently and sympathetically portrayed. There are ghostly mystical happenings; again, the reader feels the enormous monster of the Holocaust chewing up human populations in Europe, while Joe Kavalier attempts to rescue his trapped family and fight Hitler with a comic book. And in the last few pages, an unforgettable image is delivered with skill.
Monday, April 18, 2016
It is too soon for funny stories about Maggie, I guess; but innocent as she looks in this fine photo (pinched from her "mom's" facebook page for this eulogy), Maggie was full of wanderlust; many times, family members were out trying to find the dog, as she followed her nose and chased squirrels through as much of Grays Lake, IL as she could manage.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Thursday, April 7, 2016
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The venerable gentleman on the left, a life long resident of the Lexington area, has passed away. The senior family member, he was...
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