Archive for the 'arts and culture' Category

Korea 2015: return to the motherland

Friday, October 30th, 2015 No Commented
Categorized Under: arts and culture, history, Israel/Palestine, LGBT, queer API, Religion, spirituality

Korea 2015: return to the motherland by Pauline Park In June 2015, I returned to Korea for the first time since I left at the age of seven and-a-half months old; it was a momentous trip. These are some photos from the month I spent in the Land of the Morning Calm. June 15 I [...]

“Would You Still Love Me If…” transgender-themed play (10.11.15)

Friday, October 16th, 2015 No Commented
Categorized Under: arts and culture, LGBT, theater, Transgender Health

“Would You Still Love Me If…” thoughts on a transgender-themed play by Pauline Park As an openly transgendered woman and a transgender activist, I was delighted to hear that a transgender-themed play had come to an ‘Off Broadway’ theater in New York. But after seeing “Would You Still Love Me If…” with a friend, I’m tempted to [...]

10 books that helped shape my life

Sunday, August 31st, 2014 No Commented
Categorized Under: arts and culture, LGBT, music, Religion, spirituality

10 books that helped shape my life I’ve had two different friends ask me to post to Facebook a list of 10 books that have ‘stayed with me over the years.’ So for those friends, here’s my list: 1) The King James Bible 2) Dream Power (Ann Faraday) 3) Walden (Henry David Thoreau) 4) The [...]

Gaza mourns in angst & pain

Sunday, July 20th, 2014 No Commented
Categorized Under: arts and culture, history, Israel/Palestine, music, Politics, Religion, spirituality

  The unprecedented assault on the Gaza Strip by the Israeli military this week brought to mind a hymn whose text was written by Johann Heermann in 1636, “Zion klagt mit Angst und Schmerzen” (Zion mourns with anxiety and pain); all one needs to do is substitute ‘Gaza’ for ‘Zion’ and the hymn could be sung [...]

Burgundy & the Four Great Dukes of the West

Friday, June 20th, 2014 No Commented
Categorized Under: arts and culture, history

Rogier Van der Weyden’s only surviving miniature depicts Duke Philip the Good & his son Charles (the future ‘Charles the Bold’) receiving the homage of the author of the Chronicles of Hainault (Le duc de Bourgogne Philippe le Bon et son fils Charles (futur Téméraire) reçoivent l’hommage de l’auteur des Chroniques du Hainault). From 1364-1477, the [...]

Gauguin: exoticization, primitivism & paganism

Monday, June 9th, 2014 No Commented
Categorized Under: arts and culture, history, Religion, spirituality

“‘Gauguin: Metamorphoses,’ which opens on Friday at MoMA in New York, recasts the artist as an altogether darker figure, closer to Edvard Munch and the dark pre-Freudians of Northern Europe than the post-impressionist confraternity of Van Gogh, Seurat and Cézanne,” Jason Farago wrote in his review (“Gauguin: Metamorphoses review – ‘Forceful, disturbing, obscene’,” Guardian, 6 [...]

15 favorite operas and 15 more

Monday, May 12th, 2014 No Commented
Categorized Under: arts and culture, music, opera, theater

15 Favorite Operas and 15 More: Reflections on the Love of a Lifetime By Pauline Park I have been listening to opera and attending opera performances since 1979, when I discovered this ‘exotic and irrational entertainment’ through an album of Mozart arias by Margaret Price and Joseph Losey’s film of “Don Giovanni.” Since then, I [...]

Henry VII & the Tudors on TV

Monday, April 21st, 2014 No Commented
Categorized Under: arts and culture, history

Henry VII & the Tudors on TV I just discovered “The Shadow of the Tower,” the 1972 ‘prequel’ to “The Six Wives of Henry VIII” with Keith Michell (1971), which in turn was followed by “Elizabeth R” with Glenda Jackson (1971). “‘The Shadow of the Tower’ is the third installment of the BBC’s series that [...]

Conchita Supervia & the Golden Age of Opera

Sunday, March 30th, 2014 one Commented
Categorized Under: arts and culture, music, opera

Conchita Supervía & the Golden Age of Opera Conchita Supervía (December 8-9, 1895-March 30, 1936) was one of the great opera singers of all time and one of my favorites. Supervía’s life was tragically cut short in childbirth. It’s only too bad that so few of today’s opera lovers know of her, because Supervía’s vibrato — unlike [...]

Völuspá

Saturday, February 15th, 2014 No Commented
Categorized Under: arts and culture, Religion, spirituality

Völuspá Given the geologically active terrain of Iceland, it’s probably no surprise that the Vikings who settled there would produce such vivid creation myths and other legends. Who could forget the eruption of Eyafjallajökull in 2010? “Völuspá” is the first and most celebrated of all the poems in what has come to be known as [...]

Tolkien & the Anglo-Saxon Heritage of Beowulf

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012 No Commented
Categorized Under: arts and culture

  Tolkien & the Anglo-Saxon Heritage of Beowulf by Pauline Park Much ink has been spilled about J.R.R. Tolkien’s interest in and debt to “Beowulf,” but of this one can be certain: the 20th century philologist’s reading of the great Anglo-Saxon poem had a profound influence on his literary imagination and output. In his authorized [...]

Libya, Gaddafi & the London School of Economics

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011 No Commented
Categorized Under: arts and culture, Politics

Libya, Gaddafi & the London School of Economics Of the three universities I’ve attended, I have a special affection for the the London School of Economics, where I did my master’s degree in 1982-83. Needless to say, I was as shocked as the rest of LSE’s alumni to discover that the alma mater I hold dear [...]