The beauty of Descanso Gardens
Alienation, that creeping feeling of distance from some object, idea, or even oneself, may signal an authoritarian presence, as Adorno postulated in The Stars Down to Earth (2001). Turning away from the strongman (or woman), whether real or symbolic, takes curiosity about the world-at-large. Getting out becomes imperative. Connecting with nature offers an opportunity to contemplate our relationships, even our relationship with ourself.
Marcuse, in the essay, Nature and Revolution (1972), asks us to understand the mutability of nature.
By getting out of our heads and into the world, we risk getting acquainted with our own selves. We can visit a beautiful place, irrespective of history.
(Top two photos from Google Images, and bottom photo by Gail Taylor.)
Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960) used her abilities as a writer, anthropologist, and,socialite to her advantage. And for 90-minutes on Sunday, May 18, the audience attending the Pasadena Playhouse production “Letters from Zora: In Her Own Words,” written by Gabrielle Denise Pina, directed by Anita Dashiell-Sparks, with original music by Ron McCurdy, got a rich welcome into the world of one of America’s most influential authors. Vanessa Bell Calloway’s portrayal stood up to the complexity of Hurston’s personality and left many audience members in tears as they rose to standing ovation immediately upon conclusion of this amazing monologue. (Writer, Pina was also teary-eyed as she arrived onstage with the director for curtain).
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