Siddhartha wants liberation, Dante wants Beatrice, Frodo wants to get to Mount Doom—we all want something. Quest is elemental to the human experience. All road narratives are to some extent built on quest. If you’re a woman, though, this fundamental possibility of quest is denied. You can’t go anywhere if you can’t step out onto a road.
Vanessa Veselka ‘10 on being a 15-year-old hitchhiker and how “there is no female counterpart in our culture to Ishmael or Huck Finn” when it comes to literary road trips.
Chamber Music NW invites members of the Reed College community to experience Schubert’s Octet and the NW premiere of David Del Tredici’s “Bullycide,” Monday, July 21 at 8 p.m. in Kaul Auditorium, at a special discounted price of $10 (reg. $30-55)!
Co-commissioned by Chamber Music NW, “Bullycide” is a powerful work written in response to the suicides of five gay teens who were bullied. Speaking of this uplifting piece that bravely confronts tragedy with honesty and optimism, Mark Swed of the LA Times writes:
"A litany of names of the dead teens, read by the musicians in ghostly voice, is ghoulish but somehow deeply sweet… Del Tredici refuses to take off his glitter while mourning, as if the way to wound the bullies were to dazzle and daze them with bright light.”
To join the audience for this truly compelling performance, redeem this $10 offer by clicking here and entering discount code REED at checkout.
“Del Rey’s timbre instantly evokes the atmosphere of her oeuvre. More than a hazy, Instagram-y dream world, it’s a signature dissociative state—being sad but feeling beautiful, observing one’s own desolation through the lens of a tingling body high. Fairy tales are set in a mythic realm of feudalism and candelabras, but, of course, they’re written and rewritten to reflect contemporary anxieties and aspirations. Who better than Del Rey—with her thing for tragic archetypes, her widespread castigation as a fraud, and her rise to stardom despite it—to bringMaleficent’s excavation of female evil, its themes of cruelty, enchantment and transformation, into the present?”
(essay by Johanna Fateman ‘96)
I wrote about Lana Del Rey and Maleficent for The New Inquiry.