THE MOVIE “AMELIA” COMES OUT 2009
Hilary Swank plays the title character, the legendary American pilot Amelia Earhart, who disappeared while flying over the Pacific Ocean in 1937 in an attempt to make a flight around the world. Ewan McGregor plays author Gore Vidal’s father, the great love of Amelia’s life. Richard Gere plays Amelia’s husband, publisher George Putnam. Virginia Madsen plays the ex-wife of Putnam, a Crayola Crayon heiress.
The Medford Public Library has a plaque dedicated to aviator Amelia Earhart. Carol Albright, editor of Italian Americana, and I are giving a reading this evening in the Medford Public Library. We’re reading from WILD DREAMS: THE BEST OF ITALIAN AMERICANA a compilation of the best of the best from the past 20 years of the journal. It just came out. Fordham University Press “Great American Literature” series.
Last year, while at the Medford Public Library for a lecture, I noticed a big plaque on the wall dedicated to Amelia Earhart and a big black and white photo of Earhart, with her flying googles draped around her neck. ( (WANT TO KNOW ABOUT HER SINUS PROBLEMS? GO TO YOU TUBE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Gl4tgxGGxQ&feature=channel_page)
What inspires me? Being human. I build sculptures that echo old things, re-mythologizing and re-consecrating the subjects, mostly figurative. Life moves so fast and we are all starving for human experience and relationships. Art is a way to stop an look around, both for the maker and the viewer.