Today we remember Nobel-Prize winning British author Doris Lessing by revisiting our interviews with her from 1988 and 1992. Lessing published more than 50 books, including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and memoir.
She passed away on Sunday morning at the age of 94.
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Tomorrow Academy Award winner Anjelica Huston talks to Fresh Air about her new memoir, “A Story Lately Told,” (the first of two parts) focusing on her childhood and modeling career before Hollywood.
Her story begins with a barefoot runner delivering a telegram to her father, director John Huston while on the set of The African Queen deep in the Belgian Congo. Upon receiving the telegram, Huston shares the news of Anjelica’s birth with Katharine Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart, and his wife, actress Lauren Bacall.
No big deal…
Huston shares insights on her unusual childhood and coming-of-age in the cultural epicenter of New York in the ’70s.
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"There is no special love exclusively reserved for romantic partners. Genuine love is the foundation of our engagement with ourselves, with family, with friends, with partners, with everyone we choose to love. While we will necessarily behave differently depending on the nature of a relationship , or have varying degrees of commitment, the values that inform our behavior, when rooted in a love ethic, are always the same for any interaction."
All About Love
When boys of the Shan tribe undergo the ritual “Poi Sang Long”, the focal point lies in, what in the Western world would be described as, “feminine values”. They are dressed up in bright colours and adorned with make-up. The aim is to mimic the young Prince Siddhartha before he became Lord Buddha. Even though the purpose of the ritual is to show that the boys are on their way to become mature and responsible men, it is loaded with aesthetic values and free from any physical trials. This is what sets it apart from other typical male rituals. By Ken Bamberg
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The Temptation of Adam and Eve.
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People have cited Maude as a classic example of the “Manic Pixie Dream Girl.” First of all, she was a woman, not a girl. Secondly, I really do not even like to acknowledge that archetype as a thing of validity. But Maude wasn’t just some outline of a person in a smock dress with bangs and a ukelele that swooped in to to bring poor Harold to life and then disappear leaving a trail of Smiths lyrics and Etsy projects. The importance of Maude in Harold’s life was that she was the first person he ever met that his soul recognized. Growing up in this wealthy world covered in artifice, everyone adhered to the societal conventions, never stepping out of turn for fear of differentiating themselves.
For the first time, he met someone who had lived an actual life, who had struggled and had experiences and didn’t give a flying fuck about impressing anyone. His life is completely trite compared to hers, his sadness entirely unwarranted, and in her he sees what it truly means to be free. His nihilistic outlook on life is all of a sudden in complete juxtapostion to someone who has experienced actual horrors in her life yet has the ability to see the wonder in it all. She gave him a purpose to care and inspired him to be more and do more while never losing sight of himself. With other people Harold could never just be, but with Maude he could simply exist and that was enough. The story is compelling in the way that no matter how bizarre their situation may be, it still feels familiar. It speaks to the most human emotions inside all of us and if you’ve ever met a person that truly awakened your soul, there is simply no turning back.
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