Raise your hand if you have read Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. For those of you who did not raise your hand, never fear. Just watch this video and Emmett Montgomery will drop a Barbara Kingsolver sized nugget of knowledge on you — which will quickly bring you up to speed on the happenings of the book.
Archive for month: April, 2015
The next Bushwick event is happening soon. Very very soon.
On May 3rd at Town Hall Seattle we are proud to present original music inspired by Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal Vegetable Miracle.
Feast your eyes on the official poster for the event, designed by Travis Young.
Growing up, my family promoted a certain DIY aesthetic, particularly as a workaround in situations where the alternative was simply not having a desired thing (clever parenting, no?). Halloween costumes, for instance, were often whatever I could throw together out of paper sacks and tinfoil. My high school bandmates and their families still recall with fondness my first microphone stand (what teenager has the discipline to save $25?): a small birch log glued to a plywood base, hole drilled in the log, broomstick lodged in the hole, piece of pipe duct-taped to the broomstick, mic-clip fitted onto the pipe: voila.
A good story is a good story whether it’s told in print or on the big screen. Having been a lifelong fanatic of both books and movies, I spent a little time thinking about what makes movie adaptations successful or what makes them fail at the page to screen transition. When you are reading a book, it often seems unlikely a filmmaker can manage to put on screen what you are picturing in your head. It’s got to be a daunting task, trying to give life to words that so many people have already formed mental images for. A film can be enjoyable as a stand alone medium, but still objectively fail at the interpretation of the book.
When I first read Annie Proulx’s Brokeback Mountain, it was for The Bushwick Book Club Seattle. How did I avoid reading it for so long? Her prose sings like poetry. My own offering below is nothing compared to her craft. On one level, her style is eminently readable. On another, the story itself is unlike anything I’ve read.