Archive for September 30, 2010

The Things They’ve Written

A recent New York Times review mentions that over 3500 titles of Vietnam War literature has been published. Many veterans of the that conflict, including Tim O’Brien who will be here in October to discuss his book The Things They Carried; have built careers writing about their experience.
Recently publiished fiction by veterans of the conflict include Tony award-winning playwright and novelist David Rabe’s newest Girl by the Road at Night subtitled “A Novel of Vietnam” a tragedy about two young people; a GI and a Vietnamese woman whose lives are turned upside down by the war. Author Karl Marlantes’ Matterhorn is an epic which one critic called “a realistic portrait and an elegant tribute to the nobility of men under fire.”

Katherine Dreier

One of the most influential figures in modern art lived for a time in West Redding on Long Ridge Road. Her name was Katherine Dreier (1877-1952) and she was born in Brooklyn, New York and trained as an artist herself. But she is more well-known as a patron and collector of art. She travelled to Europe and befriended Marcel Duchamp and Man Ray. She became an avid collector of Duchamp and other modern artists and amassed a large collection which she had in her West Redding farmhouse. Duchamp was a frequent visitor. Ultimately she donated most of the collection to Yale and to the Guggenheim Museum.

Leaves and Apples

Yankee Magazine’s list of 25 best places for leaf peeping has our very own Kent, Connecticut as the best place in New England to view the fall foliage display. The Fall Foliage Maps are great for planning your leaf viewing. You can even sign up to be a Yankee Foliage Ambassador and submit reports of great spots.
It’s also apple picking season with plenty of area orchards to choose from. It is a great time of year to be in New England.