Emily Dickinson and the sublime: A talk by Professor Helen Vendler

first_imgThe conventional definition of the sublime – that which is too large and overwhelming to be accommodated within our restricted consciousness – is one that Emily Dickinson fiercely defied. In Dickinson’s view, the mental sublime, rather than being intimidated by the natural sublime, surpasses it, said Helen Vendler, A. Kingsley Porter University Professor, in a recent lecture to a packed house at Harvard’s Houghton Library, which holds an internationally renowned Emily Dickinson collection.The lecture was co-sponsored by Houghton Library, the Woodberry Poetry Room, and the Harvard University Press, publisher of Vendler’s latest book, the critically-acclaimed Dickinson: Selected Poems and Commentary. An audio podcast of the complete lecture is available on Houghton Library’s Emily Dickinson page.last_img read more

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Activists wary of broader law enforcement after Capitol riot

first_imgCHICAGO (AP) — Civil rights groups and communities of color are watching warily for any moves to expand law enforcement power as federal officials grapple with how to confront the security threat posed by domestic extremists after the deadly siege of the U.S. Capitol. They say their communities have felt the brunt of security scrutiny over the last two decades and they fear new tools meant to target right-wing extremism or white nationalists risk harming Muslims, Black Americans and other groups, even if unintentionally. Their position underscores the complexity of the national debate surrounding how to balance the protection of First Amendment expression with law enforcement’s need to prevent extremist violence before it occurs.last_img read more

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Notre Dame community honors Daniel Kim in memorial Mass

first_imgWei Lin | The Observer Director of Campus Ministry Fr. Pete McCormick delivers the homily at Monday’s memorial Mass for Daniel Kim. McCormick was Kim’s rector in Keough Hall during Kim’s freshman year at Notre Dame.Notre Dame students and staff and members of the Congregation of Holy Cross filled the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on Monday night for a memorial Mass celebrating the life of Daniel Kim, a sophomore in the Mendoza College of Business who died last week.University President Fr. John Jenkins presided over the Mass. University Vice President for Student Affairs Erin Hoffmann Harding and student body president Lauren Vidal presented readings from the books of Lamentations and Romans, respectively.In his homily, Director of Campus Ministry Fr. Pete McCormick, Kim’s former rector in Keough Hall, described Kim’s loyalty to his friends, his love of fencing and his endearing self-confidence.“I had the good fortune of being Daniel’s rector his freshman year in Keough Hall, and I will save you the suspense: He was not perfect, but then again, none of us are, and I certainly am not,” McCormick said. “So that makes us one and the same.“During our time together, I observed incredible characteristics of this young man. Daniel cared about his friends and was immensely loyal to them, and I know because his friends are sitting right here in the front row.“In addition to his loyalty, in addition to his friendship, he had this incredible capacity to listen. His humility was uncanny. He would listen; he would hear out what I had to say, and we had good and meaningful conversations.“One of the defining characteristics of Daniel was his strong sense of self-confidence. In one of my multiple conversations with him, we would sometimes talk about sports, and some of you may know this, or you may not, but he was quite a fencer.“Daniel would say to me, ‘Hey, have you ever heard of so-and-so?’ And I would say, ‘No, I don’t know much about fencing, so I’m sorry.’ And he would say, ‘Well, that’s not really important,’ and then he’d go on to list [the fencer’s] characteristics and abilities and whatnot, and then he’d say, ‘I can beat him.’“And I believed him. He said it with a certain look in his eye that said, ‘I’m not lying to you, Mr. Priest.’”McCormick asked those in attendance to do two things: to commend Kim’s soul to God and to offer praise and thanksgiving for the gift of life.“The second thing we need to do well is to praise the Lord, to call to mind that life is not guaranteed and even in the most mundane moments, it is still a precious gift,” he said.“You know, seeing our own mortality, we are embarking on a different level, oftentimes brings about and visits the deeper questions of life,” McCormick said. “How do I live out my own values? Are my actions consistent with what I hope for myself? How will I use my time that I have been given to answer these questions?“Lean into these questions. Do not back away from these questions. Don’t be afraid if you don’t know the answer or if you don’t like what you see.”All dorm masses were cancelled Monday night so that students, hall staff and rectors would be able to attend the memorial; several dorms led walkovers to the Basilica.Tags: Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Daniel Kim, John Jenkins, Keough Hall, memorial mass, Pete McCormicklast_img read more

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Weekend Poll Top Three: Fans Want a Broadway Breakfast Club

first_imgWith Heathers now open off-Broadway, we’re totally in the mood for a choice ’80s film to come to Broadway. We asked fans what movie from the decade of hairspray and boom boxes should make the leap onto the Great White Way. The results are in, and here’s what you had to say! 2. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off — 20% Bueller? Bueller? …Bueller? OK, maybe that part of the ’86 flick wouldn’t make the most glamorous Broadway musical number. But the adventures of Ferris, Cameron and Sloane as they play hooky would bring some pretty exciting settings to the stage, including Wrigley Field, the Sears Tower and a Von Steuben Day parade. Plus, a number where the cast recreates A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte! Wait a second. Sorry, wrong show. Now, what do you think the likelihood would be of getting Matthew Broderick to play Mr. Rooney? 3. Dead Poets Society — 9% A Broadway adaptation of the 1989 inspirational film Dead Poets Society would have us standing on our desks for joy. The role of John Keating, portrayed in the film by Robin Williams, would be a terrific vehicle for a Broadway funny guy with a lot of heart, too. (Hey, Norbert Leo Butz! You in?) It’s possible that a stage adaptation could work better as a play than a musical, but we just know a “CARPE DIEM!” or “Oh Captain, My Captain” number would be too good to pass up. 1. The Breakfast Club — 26% Move over, Trunchbull. You might not be the only mean-spirited principal treading the boards. With such a colorful and diverse cast of misfit highschoolers, a Breakfast Club tuner would show off all sorts of musical theater styles. The 1985 movie about a group of five seemingly different teenagers who find a bond during Saturday detention has tons of moments that could turn into show-stopping numbers, from “Bender’s Dinner Party” to “Secret Virgin.” Plus, imagine that amazing Act II finale quintet, “Brain, Athlete, Basket Case, Princess and Criminal.” Being bad feels pretty good, huh? View Commentslast_img read more

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Lucie Arnaz Will Play Feisty Grandma Berthe in the National Tour of Pippin

first_img Arnaz is the daughter of actors Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. She made her Broadway debut in They’re Playing Our Song. Arnaz earned a Best Supporting Actress Golden Globe nomination for her performance in 1980’s The Jazz Singer, and won an Emmy Award for her documentary Lucy and Desi: A Home Movie. Her other stage credits include My One and Only, Annie Get Your Gun, Whose Life Is It Anyway?, The Guardsman, The Wizard of Oz in Concert: Dreams Come True, The Witches of Eastwick, Vanities, Lost in Yonkers, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Master Class. This all-new production of Pippin features choreography by Tony nominee Chet Walker in the style of Bob Fosse and circus creation by Gypsy Snider of the Montreal-based circus company Les 7 doigts de la main (also known as 7 Fingers). The show opened on Broadway on April 25, 2013 and went on to win four 2013 Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical and Best Director of a Musical for Paulus. In addition, Andrea Martin won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her perfomance as Berthe. Pippin tells the story of a young prince (Selig) on a death-defying journey to find meaning in his existence. Will he choose a happy but simple life? Or will he risk everything for a singular flash of glory? The show is noted for many Broadway standards including “Magic To Do,” “Corner of the Sky,” “Glory,” “No Time at All,” “Morning Glow” and “Love Song.” Oh, it’s time to start livin’! Lucie Arnaz has been cast as Pippin’s trapeze-flying grandmother Berthe in the first national tour of Diane Paulus’ Tony-winning revival of Roger O. Hirson and Stephen Schwartz’s Pippin. As previously announced, Sasha Allen and Kyle Selig will play the Leading Player and Pippin, respectively, in the reimagined show. The tour of Pippin will launch in Denver, CO on September 10. View Commentslast_img read more

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The September Issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors is On Stands Now!

first_imgFall is upon us and we couldn’t be happier to announce the release of our September issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine. To keep it simple, let’s call it the Biking Issue, although it’s so much more than that.As usual, you’ll be enveloped by our contributors musings on everything from conservation to the local music scene, from outdoor news to essays on how to find a job you love.We’ve got an exclusive interview with one of the most famed professional cyclists in the world, who just happens to make his home down in Greenville, South Carolina. We’ll take you climbing in Kentucky’s Red River Gorge. And we take a spin around the region with ten cyclists who just might change your opinion on why you ride bikes.We hope you can pick up your free copy of this issue on a newsstand near you. If you can’t, we’re on iTunes, we’ve got complete digital subscriptions available, print subscriptions, and of course, you’ll always find us online here at BlueRidgeOutdoors.com.See you out there!featuresWHY I RIDE Ten bikers—from elite pros to everyday commuters—share the secrets of their two-wheeled passion.PARADISE SAVED The Red River Gorge is a climbing oasis, with thousands of routes and visitors. What makes this quiet river’s sandstone cliffs so legendary? AND Saving the Red’s Muir ValleyKING GEORGE RETURNS Tour cyclist George Hincapie comes home to South Carolina to start a hotel and ride his beloved Blue Ridge.departmentsEDITOR’S NOTE Is wilderness dead?QUICK HITS Apple’s third solar farm in Carolina / Follow the A.T. bricks / Tube to work / New Hardrock recordTHE DIRT Paddling prodigy plunges down waterfalls / Bald Guy’s beans and bikes / Dirtbag climbing entrepreneurs / How to land an outdoor industry jobTHE GOODS Peek inside elite mountain biker Sue Haywood’s packTRAIL MIX Trampled by Turtles tour the Blue Ridgelast_img read more

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Trail Mix | The Cactus Blossoms

first_imgOh, the brother band.Ralph and Carter. Jim and Jesse. Noel and Liam. Chris and Rich.In so many cases, brothers as singing partners and band mates can work out so well. Witness above the Stanleys and McReynolds, two pairs of brothers who count among bluegrass music’s luminaries. Theirs were extraordinary partnerships.Also witness the Gallaghers and Robinsons, of contemporary rock fame. Their collaborations were equally brilliant and fractious and, ultimately, spelled for the demise of their respective bands.Continuing in the vein of country brother duos come Page Burkum and Jack Torrey, brothers who seem more akin to the Stanleys than the Gallaghers. Together, the two form the core of The Cactus Blossoms. This Minnesota based vintage country outfit takes inspiration from those old, raspy 78s and 45s, bearing names you didn’t recognize, that you might have, once upon a time, found squirreled away in your grandparent’s closet.Jack and Page fell in love with the guys who taught Hank Williams, Jimmie Rodgers, and the earliest heroes of The Grand Ole Opry what country music sounded like.The brothers recently celebrated the release of their latest record, You’re Dreaming,  which was produced by J.D. McPherson.I recently caught up with Jack and Page to chat about rhyming dictionaries, old country singers, and dreaming.BRO – Minnesota is a long way from cactus country. How did you come to fall in love with classic country?JT – The little plains prickly pear is the only cactus you’ll find in Minnesota, and they’re out west where the bedrock starts peaking out of the prairie. Our band name was never intended to be literal or geographic, though. I fell in love with some of the early country stuff the hardest, probably, when I got my first real dose of heartache. Somehow, it unlocked the space between the lines on certain songs I was hearing and I could relate to the singer in a way I never had before.PB – Minneapolis may be a long way from Nashville, but remember that Hank Snow was from Nova Scotia and Merle Haggard was born in California. There’s always been country music lovers up here. There was a club called The Flame Cafe running in Minneapolis in the 1960s that all of the country stars of the time played. I’ve heard Dave Dudley had a regular gig there for a while, and I’m guessing it was before he had a hit with “Six Days On The Road.”BRO – Can you name an obscure country artist or two that our readers should get to know?JT – Wade Ray is an obscure artist whose work falls somewhere between vaudeville and 60’s country. He was a prodigy fiddler, a great singer, and he worked with all sorts of people in his later years. He’s even playing bass with Willie Nelson’s band on the album Live At Panther Hall. And does Bob Dylan count as an obscure country artist? Nashville Skyline is one of my favorite country albums of all time.PB – Rex Griffin. He never became famous, but he was a huge influence on many, including Hank Williams and Ernest Tubb. Hank Williams definitely learned “Love Sick Blues” from his version. He wrote the ultimate sad country song in “The Last Letter” – about a suicide note – but he also wrote “Everybody Wants To Be My Baby,” which was later covered by both Carl Perkins and The Beatles.BRO – What’s the best part about playing music in a band with your brother?JT – We’ve had a lot of experience working together on different projects throughout our lives and I think it transfers well to playing music and traveling. Even though we are really different, we understand each other and speak the same language.BRO – We are featuring “Clown Collector” on this month’s Trail Mix. What’s the story behind the song?JT – “Clown Collector” was one of those songs that I never thought I’d write. Who wants to rhyme with “collector” that many times! I didn’t use a rhyming dictionary or anything, but that probably would have been smart. Something about it seems like cheating. When it popped into my head, I could almost hear Chuck Berry singing it, or maybe Woody Guthrie, if he ever got rock ‘n roll with one of his lighter hearted tunes.BRO – In keeping with the title of the new record, are you an avid dreamer? Care to share what  you remember about a recent dream?JT – I’ve had some dreams that were pretty significant in my life that I think have altered my perception of the world, but you never know when one will pay you a visit. I had a dream within a dream a while back. I don’t remember what it was about, but there’s something about waking up twice that is pretty bizarre feeling. The bulk of my dreams are on par with a Labrador Retriever, and I’m probably just running through a field somewhere.Jack and Page will be celebrating the release of You’re Dreaming with shows in St. Paul, Minnesota, in early February. The rest of the month has The Cactus Blossoms playing across the Midwest and Northeast.For more information on the band or how you can grab a copy of the new record, check out the band’s website.[divider]More from Trail Mix[/divider]last_img read more

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The Cro card project starts next year

first_imgThis was also confirmed by Tourism Minister Gary Cappelli yesterday for Dnevnik.hr “Crokartice goes, starts next year. Much of the work behind this project has been done, everything is ready and operationally doneSaid Cappelli. According to currently available information, the first “Vacation Week Worthy” would take place this year, from 18 to 27 October. In two weeks, the whole project should be officially presented, and then all tourism entrepreneurs, of course those who want to join, will be able to include in the whole project “A week of vacation worth” and offer better prices for their services and products. The project is intended for domestic tourists in order to encourage the domestic market to tourist activities in the period before and after the season. The CroKartica project will start next year. I still don’t know how the operational project will work, but according to the statement of the Minister of Tourism, the whole story was agreed on for a long time, obviously they came to the final model, in agreement with the Ministry of Finance. Through this action, all citizens of Croatia will have the opportunity to get to know and visit different parts of our country with better prices for many tourist products, from accommodation, transportation, attractions to catering services and various experiences.   “HOLIDAY WEEK WORTH” PROJECTcenter_img Our goal is to create a Croatian “ferragosto”, said Barbara Mesić, chief advisor to the Minister of Tourism. So, two weeks a year or one week in the pre-season, and the second after the season as the Croatian “ferragosto”. A week worth of vacation would be held twice a year, in October and March, and would enable all citizens of Croatia to visit and get to know various parts of our country at 50 percent lower prices on all tourist offers and services: accommodation, transport, catering, visits to national parks, theaters , adrenaline activities and the like. As we have already announced, the Ministries of Tourism and the Croatian National Tourist Board are launching the project “A week worth of vacation” which aims to direct interest in domestic travel and raise the level of tourist activity in the period outside the summer months.  According to unofficial information, as part of the CroKartica project, employers would pay workers an amount of HRK 2500, which they would give to their employees as a reward. As is the current legal possibility, to pay 7.500 kuna to workers tax-free, now through this project an additional 2.500 kuna would be added, but exclusively for consumption in Croatia.  As for the soon-to-be-launched Holiday Week project, it should be an introduction to the introduction of Crocards or a kind of rehearsal and market testing before the introduction of CroCards. last_img read more

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Former student accused of raping, murdering elementary school teacher in South Sumatra

first_imgAccording to the police, he choked her as she was coming out of the bathroom and raped her in the living room. He allegedly gagged her with a cloth to prevent her from screaming for help and tied a belt and phone cord around her neck to asphyxiate her.After the victim died, he allegedly covered her body with bedsheets and put her in a large bucket.Danny said that Ardiansyah then left the house through the front door and locked it from the outside. He then allegedly slid the key under the door.Based on a forensic examination by a team of doctors at Bhayangkara Hospital in Palembang, Efriza had died two days prior to the discovery of her body.The victim’s niece, Sela, 26, said her family demanded justice for what had happened to her aunt.”We want the perpetrator to be punished with a death sentence. My aunt was a teacher who should have been respected and not treated like this. We want justice,” she told tribunnews.com.Topics : The South Sumatran police have arrested an 18-year-old man suspected to have raped and murdered his former elementary school teacher in Marga Rahayu village, Banyuasin regency. The victim, 51-year-old elementary school teacher Efriza Yuniar, was found dead in a large bucket in her home in the village on Thursday. The discovery shocked residents, who quickly reported it to the local police.The suspect, named Ardiansyah, was arrested as he was leaving his house in the same village, Banyuasin police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Danny Ardiantara Sianipar said. “When we searched him, we found the victim’s mobile phones in his pocket,” he said, as reported by tribunnews.com on Friday.Under questioning, Ardiansyah told the police that Efriza had been his elementary school teacher and confessed that he had killed her, Danny said.According to the police, the suspect said he had raped the victim after watching pornography on his mobile phone.Danny claimed the preliminary investigation found that Ardiansyah had broken into the house and had waited for the victim next to a refrigerator near the bathroom where she was showering.last_img read more

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Striking modern design sure to impress

first_imgThe home at 83 Hampstead Rd, Highgate Hill.This striking residence is spread across two levels and has an in-ground swimming pool and city views.Owner Jasmine Azhar said she and her husband bought the property at 83 Hampstead Rd, Highgate Hill three-and-a-half years ago for the space on offer and the striking modern design.She said they wanted something low-maintenance with all the mod-cons and creature comforts, such as the built-in coffee machine and the swimming pool.“But nothing beats the big living area at the front of the home with the city views,” Ms Azhar said. The kitchen at 83 Hampstead Rd, Highgate Hill.There is also a powder room and an office with views.The home has ducted airconditioning and vacuum throughout, and a secure intercom entry. The home is in the Brisbane State High catchment. The property is being marketed by Luke Croft, Ray White South Brisbane, and will go under the hammer on October 22 at 10am. The poolside area at 83 Hampstead Rd, Highgate Hill.“It’s spectacular as a backdrop when you’re having dinner or have friends over.”On the split-level ground floor, there is a double lockup garage, a media room, a bathroom and a laundry.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020The master bedroom overlooks the pool, and has a walk-in robe and ensuite with a freestanding stone bath, stone basins and a separate shower.The three other bedrooms have built-in robes, and there is a powder room and a living area, with 4m-high ceilings, opening to the poolside patio.center_img The upstairs living area at 83 Hampstead Rd, Highgate Hill.Upstairs, there is an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area that opens to the front balcony and has floor-to-ceiling tinted windows taking in the northeast city views.The kitchen has stone benchtops, bespoke cabinetry, an island bench and Miele appliances, including an integrated coffee maker and steamer.There is a separate living room with timber floors, built-in cabinetry and access to the rear deck with mountain views.last_img read more

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