Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Lettres Letters

FrenchCulture.org has a nice write-up on last week's Ordre des Arts et des Lettres reception. You'll already know the Shore details, but the co-awardee's biographies are quite interesting.

Side note: Dr. Kathleen Weil-Garris Brandt, who was feted that evening, gave a long detailed speech about her passionate quest to prove that the cupid statue in Cultural Embassy's foyer was the work on Michelangelo himself, and not just some anonymous artist. She, of course, made her case, and the little Cupid is now accepted as the master's work. As the event was ending, I stood in front of the statue and locked eyes with the little fellow. Famed dancer/choreographer Douglas Dunn, who also just received the honor, sidled up to me and similarly looked at Cupid. After a few seconds he gently poked me in the ribs, leaned in and jokingly whispered, "I don't know, I still don't think it is..." With a dancer's timing he winked, turned and walked out into the night.

Look for a book update coming soon. This past week was huge, and some long-gestating major decisions have finally been made!

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