Sketchbook page: pencil on collaged scrap paper, Rowan Williams, giving a talk at Marlborough parish church. The former Archbishop of Canterbury had been invited to be part of the book festival, to speak about the Great War poets Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen and David Jones. Marlborough’s vicar, Andrew Kennedy is a descendent of Studdert Kennedy otherwise known as ‘Woodbine Willy’, the chaplain to British soldiers at the Western Front who was known for his generosity with cigarettes. He was also a poet - nowhere near as sophisticated as Owen or Jones or Sassoon, and yet Rowan Williams was enormously generous to him in his talk, I remember. I also recall stopping drawing in order to close my eyes to listen to Williams’ sonorous Welsh voice recite the wonderful ‘Dai’s Boast’ from Jones’ poem ‘In Parenthesis.’ #inparenthesis#rowanwilliams
Over the weekend, my boyfriend and I did a little book shopping. I had this feeling that I was going to get book lucky, and I did!
The first shop we went to, I found an A.S. Byatt book that's the same edition as my other books by her. In the second store I found two books I really wanted, but they were a bit more than I'd usually spend on a book... so luckily I decided, no. And then when we went to the third shop, I found three books I had been looking for, that I'll share later this week, and these two NYRBs! In Parenthesis is a book I've never heard of, but it is about WWI. After reading the last book in the Anne of Green Gables series, I decided I needed to brush up on my WWI knowledge, and decided to read more books of that time. Love's Work is a book I've been meaning to read after reading Aldrin's @fullybooked review of it last year. I was ecstatic to see it on the shelf for $2 (the other book was $3), and when I flipped through the pages, tucked in the first page was this $5 bill! This is an old bill, I never see these around anymore! I can't figure out why this old bill would be tucked into this newer book, was it a bookmark? Because the book looks untouched? So all in all, I felt very lucky to find these gorgeous books, technically for free.
@kamaileheide making her postpartum comeback snatch at 128lbs look easy. Baby Noah just turned 2 months old and is making sure everyone's lifts feel right.
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Last opportunity till 31st January to watch Iain Bell's gripping opera about #wordwar1#inparenthesis from @wnotweet for free on our platform. #welshnationalopera http://www.theoperaplatform.eu/en/opera/bell-parenthesis
10/06/2016 Fri 17:15
The newly created opera, In Parenthesis, by Iain Bell is derived from a Welsh epic poem regarding the First World War by David Jones. The patrol was fallen into a realm out of time and was deadly dangerous during their journey from Southamton to France to reinforce the frontline.
In fact, it was merely their illusions and only one man survived while all of his companions were killed by the Queen of Woods and her Dryads when they were seduced by and addicted in mythological dimensions. Nonetheless, the opera offers hope when those Dryads transformed into benevolent redeemers bringing regeneration and rebirth at dawn.
P.S. It is a good one though sometimes I don't know what it was singing since parts of it was sung in Welsh, medieval Welsh and Latin. Luckily there were subtitles and I saw everyone staring at them in those parts. So that's not my problem!Besides, the music by Iain Bell is really amazing.