Because they may not be Dragons, but Calvin and Hobbs are still eternal. Enjoy.
Happy Earth Day.
Ok, I know that is an autumn photo, but the Dragons insisted. I hope everyone is able to get out and walk lightly through the world, eyes wide with wonder.
And now..drum roll, please…the answers to Sunday’s literary quiz are:
And for extra points:
How did everyone do?
Now go out and take that walk!
Happy Sunday! I hope everyone’s taxes are paid and the little grey cells are well rested.
It has been a busy week and the next promises more of the same. Still, I do not wish to abandon my quixotic quest for cultural literacy entirely.
Today I offer something literary and fun. No need for math here!
Below you will find 17 well-known authors, all with prodigious bibliographies. You will also find the titles of 17 works, less well-known to some, yet each corresponding to an author. Simply match one from column A with one from column B. (Give yourselves bonus points if you can match the author to their picture above.)
a) A Fable
b) Babylon Revisited
c) Captains Courageous
d) Cry to Heaven
e) Dombey and Son
f) Jacob’s Room
g) Mardi: And a Voyage Thither
h) The Mysterious Stranger
i) Northanger Abbey
k) Out of the Silent Planet
m) The Celestial Railroad
n) The Reluctant Giant
o) The Song of the Lark
p) The Temple of My Familiar
q) Washington Square
Answers will be posted on Wednesday.
I hope everyone had a delightful holiday weekend.
And I hope everyone breezed through the performing arts leg of our cultural literacy excursion.
Below are the answers, along with a few extra bits of information and visual aids, of course. To refresh your memories – goodness knows mine is shot! – the choices were:
Music, theatre, movies, dance – the performing arts intersect out lives daily. We turn on the radio, catch a matinee at the local Cineplex or on TV.
Live dance and theatre may elude many outside of metropolitan areas, but thank goodness for PBS and cable.
So…today I give you a list of 40 people. Some familiar, some less so. They are associated with
Mix, match, and have fun!
Since many of us are in the midst of chocolate bunny/matzo frenzy, I wish one and all happy holidays and will post the answers on Tuesday.
Into April and still frosty here in the northeast. I think the weather gods are taking Mark Twain’s words too much to heart and passing the buck to their subordinates.
I reverently believe that the maker who made us all makes everything in New England, but the weather. I don’t know who makes that, but I think it must be raw apprentices in the weather-clerks factory who experiment and learn how, in
New England, for board and clothes, and then are promoted to make weather for countries that require a good article, and will take their custom elsewhere if they don’t get it.
But all that doesn’t keep me from providing the answers to Tuesday’s literary quiz.
How did everyone do?
Now, tomorrow I will be cooking for our seder, so nothing new until Saturday. Then we will begin questing through the forest of the performing arts – dance, music, theatre, and film. (I know, film falls into a grey area – part visual, part performance – but I relish the grey.)
Most of us know books, even love books. And some of us love them with an unruly passion. When I was growing up, I explored shelf after shelf, floor to ceiling, of novels and histories, poetry and plays. One of my favorite places in the world was the used-book store where unimagined treasures could be found. All of this gave me a thirst for literature. It also gives me an ocean of opera and authors upon which to draw for today.
This, naturally, presents its own set of problems. So many possibilities! Who to choose, who to omit. (This is where subjectivity runs amok. It is, after all, my list. 🙂 )
When I first pulled together today’s quiz, I was informed by someone who also loves books that it was way too hard. Oops.
Time to rethink, to break things down and be more inclusive.
So…below are 30 names and 30 titles. They are divided into 3 sections – Easy, Medium, and Hard(er) – a little something for everyone.
Have fun. (And give yourself an extra point if you can name the authors pictured.) I’ll post the answers in a couple of days.
So, how did everyone do with our first trip to the cultural literacy well?
Here, for the curious – and with visual aids – are the answers to Saturday’s 25.
Tomorrow: A little literature. Should be a Snap.
Yesterday, in heart-wrenchingly depressing fashion, it was brought to my attention that Americans are rapidly descending into a morass of cultural illiteracy. The systematic elimination of arts from public school curricula, the emphasis on preparing young people for a job rather than a life in college, all seem to be leading us to generations of uncurious individuals. Even with the world at our Internet-connected fingertips, the basic level of knowledge about our world is melting away. Appalling!
I am not talking about our individual blindspots – we all have those. I, for example, am noticeably – some might say egregiously – ill-informed about contemporary music and sports. No, I am talking about a basic body of information about our cultural heritage – arts, history, literature, science – that rounds us out, sparks our curiosity, and helps us grow as human beings.
As I was pounding my head against my desk over our increasing provincialism, I was reminded of something from my childhood. Something which seems worth resurrecting here, in this brave new digital world.
Fifty-plus years ago, when I was just a kid, my father was a professor in the Art Department of the University of Minnesota. Twice every term, beginning and end, he would give his students a list of 100 well-known artists and ask them to identify their field – painting, sculpture, architecture, etc. Some students did well, others not so much. That was to be expected. Even though he would pre-test the list with my sister and me to be sure it was fair, this was back in the day when state universities were still open to just about everyone and art courses had an errant reputation for being “gut” courses. Still it was a fun way to gauge what people knew coming in and, by term’s end, encouraging to note that everyone who was paying attention did much better the second round.
In that spirit, for your fun and erudition and in hopes of sparking your intellectual curiosity, I am, over the next few weeks, offering my own lists, starting with visual arts, moving to literature, performing arts, and possibly even history.
Today I offer 25 names. Are they either:
Monday, the answers and 25 new names. Play along. Have fun.