Saturday, February 21, 2009

Fifteen Albums

AWP Chicago is now just a memory, but a very good memory. I came back thinking about AWP Denver and that I'd love to participate in Denver in some way. Our faculty reading and the memorial for O'Connor were enjoyable. The presentation I enjoyed most was the one given by "Women of a Certain Age":

Women of a Certain Age.
(Janet Burroway, Rosellen Brown, Hilma Wolitzer, Sandra Gilbert, Hilda Raz, Carole Simmons Oles) Six women writers over sixty, who are teachers and/or editors as well, share the long perspective. They will discuss how the publishing industry has changed over the course of their careers, how the relation between writing and feminism has affected them, how ambition has changed, how ambition persists, how they have handled disappointment, how they would do it differently, how differently they perceive life for young writers today.

It was encouraging to see women continuing to write and make themselves visible after the age of 60. Why do we write? Who are we writing for? These are two questions they sought to answer.

I got tagged at Facebook to list fifteen albums that are important to me:

Think of 15 albums, CDs, LPs (if you're over 40) that had such a profound effect on you they changed your life. Dug into your soul. Music that brought you to life when you heard it. Royally affected you, kicked you in the wazoo, literally socked you in the gut, is what I mean. Then when you finish, tag 15 others, including moi. Make sure you copy and paste this part so they know the drill. Get the idea now? Good. Tag, you're it!

1. Soundtrack from the movie Donnie Darko
2. Moondance, Van Morrison
3. Honeyman, Tim Buckley
4. Pink Moon, Nick Drake
5. Aqualung, Jethro Tull
6. The Rising, Bruce Springsteen
7. Modern Times, Bob Dylan
8. Tea for the Tillerman, Cat Stevens
9. Led Zeppelin IV, Led Zeppelin
10. A Momentary Lapse of Reason, Pink Floyd
11. Three Ragas, Ravi Shankar
12. Chronical, Creedence Clearwater
13. Boys for Pele, Tori Amos
14. Teaser and the Firecat, Cat Stevens
15. No One is Really Beautiful, Jude

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