Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Leonard Cohen inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Leonard Cohen singing "Suzanne" -- Isle of Wight, 1970

Ack! Nostalgia attack! I was crazy about Leonard Cohen when I was in high school -- the written poetry first, as I recall, and then later the songs, which I played over and over.

Monday, March 10, 2008

And even more Dorothea Lange

I went to another Dorothea Lange event. This one I hadn't even planned on attending. I just went to my branch library to drop off an overdue DVD and saw a flyer announcing the event which would take place that same evening. Nice bit of serendipity!

Dorothea Lange's son Daniel Dixon and his wife Dixie were there, and they narrated a slide show of photographs of and by Lange. The event was being filmed for a documentary about what it was like to grow up the child of two accomplished, larger-than-life parents (Dixon's father was Lange's first husband, the artist Maynard Dixon). Should be an interesting film!

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Dorothea Lange -- Steep Ravine photos

I went to a film and discussion about Dorothea Lange at the library a few weeks ago. Then last week, I went to see the related exhibit of the Steep Ravine photos.

These were taken in the late 1950s to the early 1960s during vacations with her children, grandchildren, and friends in the Steep Ravine cabins on Mount Tamalpais. The exhibit contains many large black-and-white photos, mostly portraits, some of which have never been publicly displayed before. Lange had planned to make a book of the photos, but was unable to complete the project before she died in 1965.

To Lange, Steep Ravine represented freedom. The library's exhibit shows the contrast between her relaxed time at Steep Ravine, and her usual life, with a photo by Ron Partridge taken of Lange in her home office, where she is sitting on a table, talking on the phone, in charge, everything surrounding her impeccably organized.

The primitive cabins perched on the side of the mountain, directly above the ocean, look much the same today as they did in Lange's day. They are now operated by the State Park system, and anyone can reserve them, though they are popular and reservations are hard to snag. Maybe some day ...

The exhibit runs through March 16 on the 6th floor of the Main Library. It closes early -- 6 PM (5 PM on Sunday) -- even when the library itself is open later.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008


Hillary Clinton, last night, after winning Ohio:

For everyone here in Ohio and across America, who’s ever been counted out but refused to be knocked out, and for everyone who has stumbled but stood right back up, and for everyone who works hard and never gives up, this one is for you.