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jeanne's version of Joseph Lelyvel'd Memories of Breaking Away from His Family

are made of all this . . .

Joseph Lelyveld's Memories of Breaking Away from His Family

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The Memories We Make Based on New York Times Magazine article by Joseph Lelyveld, on Sunday, March 6, 2005: Breaking Away: A Memory Loop.

The son receives the baggage of memories that led his father to play the role of Ivanhoe beyond his natural instincts, and the son fights desperately to establish his right not to play that role, to play a different role, and to see the role he has chosen as valid and right for him. This is the baggage of memories. Mixed up, confused, as we try to make sense of our family and cultural heritages.

Questions you might want to consider: how did fantasy shape the roles your parents and siblings played. And how did those fantasies help to shape the paths you took, the paths you avoided? What fantasies shape now the roles you project to your kids, your family? Can you combine them into a photo montage like that I tried to put together for Joseph Lelyveld? jeanne

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    Famous People We Should Have Heard Of, But Didn't.

    • Jerome Bruner - Learning theory and Narrative Theory

    • "Carleton S. Fiorina, who lost her job as chief executive of Hewlett-Packard almost three weeks ago, has emerged as a strong candidate to become president of the World Bank, according to an official in the Bush administration." See first paragraphBackup of Fiorina Called Candidate for World Bank.

    • "Paul D. Wolfowitz, the deputy secretary of defense, was also under serious consideration [for presidency of the World Bank], according to the official, who refused to be identified because discussion about the candidates is continuing. . . . a departure for the World Bank by Mr. Wolfowitz could have great effects on military policy. Yet a nomination of Mr. Wolfowitz could face opposition from European nations that see him as a principal architect of the Iraq war." See second and following paragraphs of Backup of Fiorina Called Candidate for World Bank.

    Jeanne's Lectures for Spring 2005

    Visual Sociology:

      Find the cat, Edie.
      And share the fun with
      Hargo, of the Somerville gates.

    • One of the Somerville photos from blog

    • Gregory Colbert - Photographer with Nomadic Museum

      • Ashes and Snow Website

      • Have Museum, Will Travel

        "Pier 54
        The Nomadic Museum as seen on February 1. The 45,000-square-foot space opens to the public on March 5.

        While the city marvels at saffron-bedecked Central Park, another massive arts project has been nearing completion downtown, one shipping container at a time. Called the Nomadic Museum, it will take up all of Pier 54, on the Hudson River at 13th Street. But as a museum it’s a rather curious monument: It won’t remain standing for very long. And it’s devoted exclusively to the work of one artist.

        Photographer Gregory Colbert—who travels the world taking pictures of people communing with whales, elephants, and other animals— got the idea (and funds) for the museum after his one-man installation in 2002 at the Venice Biennale’s Arsenale, a vast shipyard dating from the Renaissance. “Ashes and Snow” was the first solo exhibit ever to occupy the entire space. And every last piece of art in it was bought up by the chairman of Rolex, who then encouraged the artist to use the money to mount the show—as is—in other cities. So, Colbert asked the avant-garde Japanese architect Shigeru Ban to design a museum large enough to travel with it. After “Ashes and Snow” finishes its New York run, from March 5 to June 6, the Nomadic Museum will be taken apart and reassembled in Los Angeles. Future stops include Beijing and Paris.

        From Have Museum, Will Travel. At p. 1.

        View from inside the moobile museum:

        Rendering by Ombra Bruno/Officina di Architettura
        Rendering by Ombra Bruno/Officina di Architettura

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    • Letters of Recommendation:

      • Letters of Recommendation: How to get me to respond to your request. Many of you need letters. If you will follow this format, I can do them quickly and make them good.
      • Dog Letters If you do not give me adequate information, but do manage to get my attention, you may end up with a dog letter. That is a letter that says that you work well with people, that you are enthusiastic, that you persist at getting things done, and that everyone likes you. Of course, my dog gets along well with people, brings his ball to them, is enthusiastic, and persists at getting them to take his ball. Everyone likes my dog. That's a dog letter. It's so general it could be about my dog. jeanne

    That Was Fun! Sneaky Strokes and Flying Good Dogs

    Flying Dog is also a painting by Zhang Kai. Best I've every come across to illustrate our site with magic numbers and unicorns and whipped cream cats and now, flying dogs:

    Flying Good Dogs: Whenever something happens in class that works out well, that inspires you, that helps in studying, whatever, take a few minutes to send us an e-mail. We'll post it where all of us can learn from it, including other teachers.

    You can also send an email to the Who to Take Site: