05 January 2012

Favorite Things 2011: Gloria Frym

These wonderful things have made 2011 more than it might have been:

*The Occupy Movement and my photographing handmade protest signage. The Movement is the most exciting and important phenomenon to hit democracy since I've been alive.

*The beautiful cover of my new book, Mind Over Matter; the simple, elegant design of the text
*Teaching the 19th Century Novel and getting a midterm paper entitled "Occupy Pemberly" (Darcy's country estate)

*Discovering the novels of Stefan Zweig

*Listening to Los Munequitos de Matanzas, an Afro-Cuban santeria orquestra

*Living in Havana for two months

*Reading novels and essays in Spanish

*Attending a performance at the Gran Teatro Nacional, Sala de Garcia Lorca in Havana of Lucia di Lammermoor by a North Korean opera company with a beloved friend of mine and Kit Robinson's, Lucy Rodriguez

*Swimming in a warm lagoon near the Bay of Pigs

*Being kissed by a docile pitbull named Johnny Sue

*Reading Lydia Davis' translation of Madame Bovary and talking about it with her

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