Fuel • Last Week's Finds

Things that fed my brain and soul this past week:

Memories :

Actor Jeb Brown recalls, for The New York Times, his childhood expericence working in Cat On A Hot Tin Roof. Click the photo to read his excellent piece on the NYTImes website.

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photo credit : Martha Swope/New York Public Library

New Words :

I'm a showtune lyric nerd. Doing on-the-fly analysis of the lyrics on SMASH keeps me motivated to continue watching the show. This last week's standout was "They Just Keep Moving The Line," an original song written by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. I especially liked this quatrain: 

I jumped all of the hurdles

To break out of the pack

I started on the outside

And then hit the inside track

Check out the entire lyric and the performance here.  

Art & Architecture :

This is The Lantern Bearers, painted by Maxfield Parish in 1908. It now lives in the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, in Bentonville, Arkansas, thirty minutes up the road from where Memphis was playing this week, in Fayetteville. 

I know. It surprised me, too. I'm a big Parish fan, so this was my favorite item in the collection, and it's a very impressive collection. And the building, by Moshe Safdie, is just beautiful. I'll have images of the museum up within the next week.

Whimsy(?) : 

Artisanal Pencil Sharpening.

That's right.

Found him through Ask Me Another on NPR. Check that out here. And have a look at this:

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