9-11-14 Dichotomy

Katherine and I went to the The New Museum on Sunday to see the “Here and Elsewhere, a major exhibition of contemporary art from and about the Arab world.”

It is an extraordinary exhibit especially for anyone who believes that there is anything resembling a monolithic view in the culture of the Arab world in the 21st Century. On first view I particularly appreciated the work of  Hashem El MadaniFouad ElkouryTanya Habjouqa; and Ziad Antar but it is a massive exhibit and I intend to return before it closes on September 28th.

That has nothing to do with dichotomy. The exterior of the New Museum on the other hand…

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What brought this all to my mind however is something that happened last night. As many of you know I am a big supporter of Andra Watkins, the bad ass Accidental Cootchie Mama and her first book, To Live Forever An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis

Andra did a reading last night at The New England Mobile Book Fair. If you know Andra at all, you know she is a quintessential, if twisted, SG (Southern Girl). Who showed up but my parents, who while not being Northern WASPS, exemplify the Yankee spirit.

As nearly as I can tell, a wonderful time was had by all. My parents tell me Andra is a born performer and gives great book tour.  They bought a book, they posed for pictures and then all went home for a good night sleep.

If Andra comes to your town, my parents say: “Two thumbs up! Check her out!”

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4 responses to “9-11-14 Dichotomy

  1. Thanks for the plug, Robert. Your parents were delightful. I loved that they didn’t shy away from asking tough questions and challenging me.

    Wish I could get to the city before this exhibit closes. I really like that museum.

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