01 December 2002 - 1:03 a.m.
in memory of Thomas Peck
Eleven years later, I'm rehearsing Monteverdi,
An idiosyncratic handful of reading and listening recommendations:
Things Shaped In Passing: More "Poets for Life" Writing from the AIDS Pandemic (edited by Michael Klein and Richard McCann):
". . .If now it seems I have only pain
Sondheim, Etc.: Bernadette Peters, Live at Carnegie Hall Concert and CD to benefit the Gay Men's Health Crisis. Her rendition of "Making Love Alone" is hysterical.
"Brief Lives: Kevin" in Bill Richardson's The Bachelor Brothers' Bed & Breakfast: "There is a good deal more brandy in a bottle than can be accommodated by a single fruitcake."
"We were recently the objects" in Bill Richardson's The Bachelor Brothers' Bed & Breakfast Pillow Book: "As I was hauling my bassoon to the pantry, they were debating the best adhesive to use to make a compact disc stick to the quilt."
Heaven's Coast by Mark Doty: "Being in grief, it turns out, is not unlike being in love."
Thinking About the Longstanding Problems of Virtue and Happiness by Tony Kushner: "The matzoh is so formidable that no sooner does it make its appearance at the Passover Seder table than we slather it with a ragout of nuts, apples, honey, cinnamon and Shapiro's Kosher Wine ("So thick you can cut it with a knife!")--because the matzoh reminds us: political success, stability, security;the luxury of time and ingredients needed to bake a lasagna, a play, a rounded identity: These things can and most likely will be stripped away, and you will be faced with hard choices."
Rent by Jonathan Larson: "Maybe you'll see why/When you stop escaping your pain/At least now if you try/_____'s death won't be in vain. . ."
The Promise of Rest by Reynolds Price: "Boat, if there's any Paradise, with any crystal river, you'll be there in hip boots."
Two years ago: "The succession of names called to my mind an image of swallows flying in and out of the eaves. It was calm. It was beautiful. It was sad. "
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