Going to the Frida Kahlo exhibition current at Tate Modern in London is like entering the shrine of a secular saint. The rooms are thronged. People peer closely at the paintings, many of them very small. They seem afraid to talk much above a whisper. There are a number of reasons for this reaction. One is Hayden Herrera’s highly readable biography of the artist, first published in 1983, and now established as a classic feminist text. Another is the feminist movement’s general need for heroines, which has had a similar effect on the posthumous reputation of Georgia O’Keeffe. A third, probably the most powerful, reason is Kahlo’s own personality, which combined self-assertion, defiance and masochism in almost equal proportions. In this respect Kahlo can be compared with a slightly later generation of English-language poets, male and female. Prominent among them are Robert Lowell, John Berryman, Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Willis Miller. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/103830/bk_acx0_103830_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Frida Kahlo was ahead of her time. She was bisexual and would have fit in perfectly in the time we live in now. Her disabilities would be acceptable in our society of today and her husband, Diego would probably be run out of town by the Real Housewives of ´´Cheaters”.Frida came with a lot of baggage in her life starting when she was only six years old and even more baggage piled on when she was in high school. Her suffering was more than anyone can imagine but she kept her head held high and forged her way forward.Inside you’ll hear about:Frida’s birth and familyFrida and Diego begin their life togetherDiego’s First Fight with Penile CancerFrida’s loversFrida was rotten to the coreA lifetime of Frida’s creationsA medical doctor’s perspective on FridaAnd much more!If Frida had not had a unibrow, waxed her upper lip, and shaved under her arms, she may have appeared more feminine than she did, and it may have given her more self-confidence. She never gave herself a chance because she felt it was her job to be the boy in the family. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Alana Marie Cheuvront. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/149234/bk_acx0_149234_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Unlike most artists, Van Gogh developed very slowly, beginning with work as an art dealer that exposed him to many great works. He undertook this work for several years, after which he spent time as a missionary for the Dutch Reformed Church. After that, he drifted for several years before re-turning home to his parents’ house, where he took up painting, largely self-taught with books on anatomy and painting. His great works all date from the later years of his life.Inside you’ll hear about:Early lifeThe first four years of creativityStylistic developments and influencesParisArlesVan Gogh and GauguinHospitalizationLife in an asylumVan Gogh’s deathAnd much more!Totally neglected in his life, he suffered from psychosis for much of his life, and was treated for depression, unsuccessfully. He died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on July 29th, 1890. Only after his death, thanks to the efforts of his brother, Theo, he achieved recognition as a great artist.Frida Kahlo was ahead of her time. She was bisexual and would have fit in perfectly in the time we live in now. Her disabilities would be acceptable in our society of today and her husband, Diego would probably be run out of town by the Real Housewives of ´´Cheaters.” Frida came with a lot of baggage in her life starting when she was only six years old and even more baggage piled on when she was in high school. Her suffering was more than anyone can imagine but she kept her head held high and forged her way forward.Inside you’ll hear about:Frida’s birth and familyFrida and Diego begin their life togetherDiego’s first fight with penile cancerFrida’s loversFrida was rotten to the coreA lifetime of Frida’s creationsA medical doctor’s perspective on FridaAnd much more! If Frida ha 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jerry Beebe, Alana Marie Cheuvront. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/152328/bk_acx0_152328_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This issue contains nine articles:COMMENT´´So Long Joe´´, by Roger Angell: The end of the Joe Torre era.POSTCARD FROM CALIFORNIA´´The Fires´´, by Dana Goodyear: California ablaze.PRECOCIOUS´´Condi´s Party Starter´´, by Jesse Lichtenstein: The State Department´s diplomat-in-training.ONWARD AND UPWARD WITH THE ARTS´´Future Reading´´, by Anthony Grafton: Dreams of a universal library.FICTION´´The Dog´´, by Roddy Doyle: On hair issues.BOOKS´´Running on Fumes´´, by Elizabeth Kolbert: Is there any hope for the automobile?THE ART WORLD´´All Souls´´, by Peter Schjeldahl: The cult of Frida Kahlo.MUSICAL EVENTS´´The Endless Scroll´´, by Alex Ross: Philip Glass´s new works.THE CURRENT CINEMA´´Drug Warriors´´, by David Denby: A review of the new film American Gangster. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Christine Marshall, Dan Bernard. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pe/nyer/071031/pe_nyer_071031_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A literary discovery: an extraordinary account, in the tradition of The House on Mango Street and Angela´s Ashes, of a Colombian woman´s harrowing childhood. This astonishing memoir was hailed as an instant classic when first published in Colombia in 2012, nearly a decade after the death of its author, who was encouraged in her writing by Gabriel García Márquez. Comprised of letters written over the course of 30 years, and translated and introduced by acclaimed writer Daniel Alarcón, it describes in vivid, painterly detail the remarkable courage and limitless imagination of a young girl growing up with nothing. Emma Reyes was an illegitimate child, raised in a windowless room in Bogotá with no water or toilet and only ingenuity to keep her and her sister alive. Abandoned by their mother, she and her sister moved to a Catholic convent housing 150 orphan girls, where they washed pots, ironed and mended laundry, scrubbed floors, cleaned bathrooms, sewed garments and decorative cloths for the nuns - and lived in fear of the devil. Illiterate and knowing nothing of the outside world, Emma escaped at age 19, eventually establishing a career as an artist and befriending the likes of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera as well as European artists and intellectuals. The portrait of her childhood that emerges from this clear-eyed account inspires awe at the stunning early life of a gifted writer whose talent remained hidden for far too long. For more than 70 years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,800 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Audiences trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Marisol Ramirez, Daniel Alarcón. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/peng/003228/bk_peng_003228_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This is a fictional memoir of a photographic master that includes the real stories of several well-known photographers. A tour de force, this story involves a cross-country trip with a platinum printer and his digitally-minded son as they challenge each other´s art and authority across time zones. The love life of the characters gives an extra dimension to the story in their attempt to redefine family. True tales of Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, Edward Weston, and Frida Kahlo, plus the author´s own experience, give extra weight to the story. (Behind the best images in the press and gallery world are equally powerful personalities who must master their own idiosyncrasies.) Elihu Blotnick, the author and narrator, won the Poetry-in-Transit contest in San Francisco after releasing an enduring book of poems (Russian Hill: Storm Year), and won praise from the New York Times for another book of his photographs and poems (Saltwater Flats): ´´Powerful, and very personal, images of contemporary America.´´ Blotnick´s voice, trained in the NYU theater department, adds interpretative resonance to his readings. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Elihu Blotnick. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/079412/bk_acx0_079412_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A powerful journey from star athlete to sudden paralysis to creative awakening, award-winning science-fiction writer Nnedi Okorafor shows that what we think are our limitations have the potential to become our greatest strengths.Nnedi Okorafor was never supposed to be paralyzed. A college track star and budding entomologist, Nnedi’s lifelong battle with scoliosis was just a bump in her plan - something a simple operation would easily correct. But when Nnedi wakes from the surgery to find she can’t move her legs, her entire sense of self begins to waver. Confined to a hospital bed for months, unusual things begin to happen. Psychedelic bugs crawl her hospital walls; strange dreams visit her nightly. Nnedi begins to put these experiences into writing, conjuring up strange, fantastical stories. What Nnedi discovers during her confinement would prove to be the key to her life as a successful science-fiction author: In science fiction, when something breaks, something greater often emerges from the cracks.In Broken Places & Outer Spaces, Nnedi takes the listener on a journey from her hospital bed deep into her memories, from her painful first experiences with racism as a child in Chicago to her powerful visits to her parents’ hometown in Nigeria. From Frida Kahlo to Mary Shelly, she examines great artists and writers who have pushed through their limitations, using hardship to fuel their work. Through these compelling stories and her own, Nnedi reveals a universal truth: What we perceive as limitations have the potential to become our greatest strengths - far greater than when we were unbroken.A guide for anyone eager to understand how their limitations might actually be used as a creative springboard, Broken Places & Outer Spaces is an inspiring look at how to open up new windows in your mind. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nnedi Okorafor. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sans/009304/bk_sans_009304_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The inspiring stories of five people who changed history. Contents:Leonardo da Vinci, who painted the Mona LisaChristopher Wren, who rebuilt LondonAntoni Gaudí, who built the Sagrada Familia in BarcelonaPablo Picasso, the famous Spanish painterFrida Kahlo, the famous Mexican female artist This book is level 2 in the Collins ELT Readers series.Level 2 is equivalent to CEF level A2-B1. About the Amazing People series:A unique opportunity for learners of English to learn about the exceptional lives and incredible abilities of some of the most insightful people the world has seen. Each book contains six short stories, told by the characters themselves, as if in their own words. The stories explain the most significant parts of each character´s life, giving an insight into how they came to be such an important historic figure. After each story, a timeline presents the most major events in their life in a clear and succinct fashion. The timeline is ideal for checking comprehension or as a basis for project work or further research. Created in association with The Amazing People Club. About Collins ELT Readers:Collins ELT Readers are divided into four levels:Level 1 - elementary (A2)Level 2 - pre-intermediate (A2 - B1)Level 3 - intermediate (B1)Level 4 - upper intermediate (B2)Each level is carefully graded to ensure that the learner both enjoys and benefits from their experience. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Collins. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hcuk/003022/bk_hcuk_003022_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Who hasn´t wondered where - aside from Georgia O´Keeffe and Frida Kahlo - all the women artists are? In many art books, they´ve been marginalized with cold efficiency, summarily dismissed in the captions of group photographs with the phrase ´identity unknown´ while each male is named. Donna Seaman brings to dazzling life seven of these forgotten artists, among the best of their day: Gertrude Abercrombie, with her dark, surreal paintings and friendships with Dizzy Gillespie and Sonny Rollins; Bay Area self-portraitist Joan Brown; Ree Morton, with her witty, oddly beautiful constructions; Loïs Mailou Jones of the Harlem Renaissance; Lenore Tawney, who combined weaving and sculpture when art and craft were considered mutually exclusive; Christina Ramberg, whose unsettling works drew on pop culture and advertising; and Louise Nevelson, an art-world superstar in her heyday but omitted from recent surveys of her era. These women fought to be treated the same as male artists, to be judged by their work, not their gender or appearance. In brilliant, compassionate prose, Seaman reveals what drove them, how they worked, and how they were perceived by others in a world where women were subjects - not makers - of art. Identity Unknown speaks to all women about their neglected place in history and the challenges they face to be taken as seriously as men no matter what their chosen field - and to all men interested in women´s lives. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dina Pearlman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/029836/bk_adbl_029836_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.