Memory, a Monologue, a Rant, and a Prayer

ISBN-10: 0345497910
ISBN-13: 9780345497918
Edition: 2007
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Description: Selections from the " Until the Violence Stops" Festival Featuring writings by Abiola Abrams - Edward Albee - Tariq Ali - Maya Angelou - Periel Aschenbrand - Patricia Bosworth - Nicole Burdette - Kate Clinton - Kimberle Crenshaw - Michael  More...

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List price: $15.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 5/29/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.210
Language: English

Selections from the " Until the Violence Stops" Festival Featuring writings by Abiola Abrams - Edward Albee - Tariq Ali - Maya Angelou - Periel Aschenbrand - Patricia Bosworth - Nicole Burdette - Kate Clinton - Kimberle Crenshaw - Michael Cunningham - Edwidge Danticat - Ariel Dorfman - Mollie Doyle - Slavenka Drakulic - Michael Eric Dyson - Dave Eggers - Kathy Engel - Eve Ensler - Jane Fonda - Carol Gilligan - Jyllian Gunther - Suheir Hammad - Christine House - Marie Howe - Carol Miche le Kaplan - Moise s Kaufman - Michael Klein - Nicholas Kristof - James Lecesne - Elizabeth Lesser - Mark Matousek - Deena Metzger - Susan Miller - Winter Miller - Susan Minot - Robin Morgan - Kathy Najimy - Lynn Nottage - Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy - Sharon Olds - Hanan al-Shaykh - Anna Deavere Smith - Diana Son - Monica Szlekovics - Robert Thurman - Betty Gale Tyson - Alice Walker - Jody Williams - Erin Cressida Wilson - Howard Zinn This groundbreaking collection, edited by author and playwright Eve Ensler, features pieces from " Until the Violence Stops, " the international tour that brings the issue of violence against women and girls to the forefront of our consciousness. These diverse voices rise up in a collective roar to break open, expose, and examine the insidiousness of brutality, neglect, a punch, or a put-down. Here is Edward Albee on S& M; Maya Angelou onwomen' s work; Michael Cunningham on self-mutilation; Dave Eggers on a Sudanese abduction; Carol Gilligan on a daughter witnessing her mother being hit; Susan Miller on raising a son as a single mother; and Sharon Olds on a bra. These writings are inspired, funny, angry, heartfelt, tragic, and beautiful. But above all, together they create a true and profound portrait of this issue' s effect on every one of us. With information on how to organize an " Until the Violence Stops" event in your community," A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant, and a Prayer "is a call to the world to demand an end to violence against women. " In the current era, it takes some brain racking to think of anyone else doing anything quite like Ensler. She' s a countercultural consciousness-raiser, an empowering figure, a truth-teller." - Chicago Tribune

Edward Albee was born on March 12, 1928. He was adopted as an infant by Reid Albee, the son of Edward Franklin Albee of the powerful Keith-Albee vaudeville chain. He was raised in great affluence and sent to preparatory and military schools. ending his formal education after a year and a half at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. Albee often clashed with his mother and eventually left home when he was 20 and moved to New York's Greenwich Village. Albee's first job was writing continuity dialogue for radio station WNYC. After using up the inheritance from his paternal grandmother, he took a variety of menial jobs until 1959 when The Zoo Story made him a famous playwright, first in Europe, where it premiered in Berlin, and then in New York. In 1960 it won the Vernon Rice Memorial Award. Albee's first and major "hit" was Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? which opened on Broadway in 1963. It ran for 664 performances and was made into a film starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, and is probably Albee's most well known work. 1966's A Delicate Balance won Albee his first Pulitzer Prize. In 1975, Albee won his second Pulitzer with Seascape, and then his third with Three Tall Women in 1991. Three Tall Women enjoyed a sold-out success in New York and has been staged across the country and around the world. It received Best Play awards from the New York Drama Critics Circle and Outer Critics Circle. Albee has written 25 plays and over the years has received an impressive number of awards including two Tony Awards. Albee also teaches at the School of Theatre of the University of Houston and gives lectures on his work at colleges around the US.

Maya Angelou 1928 - Maya Angelou was born Marguerite Johnson on April 4, 1928 in Saint Louis, Missouri. She attended public school in Stamps, Arkansas and San Francisco, California. She is perhaps best known for her semi-autobiographical work "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings", and for the tireless effort she puts forth to make the world aware. In her youth, Angelou traveled the world, eventually marrying a South African freedom fighter and settling in Cairo, where she edited The Arab Observer, the only English language weekly newspaper in the Middle East. They later moved to Ghana where she was Features Editor of The African Review and taught at the University of Ghana. In the 60's, Dr, Martin Luther King requested that Angelou return to the US to become the northern coordinator of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. She was later appointed to the Bicentennial Commission by President Ford and to the National Commission on the Observance of International Women's Year by President Carter. "Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'Fore I Die" was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in 1971. Ten years later, in 1981, Angelou was appointed to the lifetime position of Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University. Angelou became only the second poet in United States history to write and recite an original poem at a Presidential Inauguration; in 1993 she read "On the Pulse of Morning" at President Clinton's Inauguration Ceremony. In 1995, Angelou received an amazing amount of honors. Her semi-autobiographical tale, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings", which was originally published in 1970, became the longest running nonfiction best seller by an African American on the New York Times Bestsellers List. That same year, "A Brave and Startling Truth" was recited at the 50th Anniversary celebration of the United Nations, and "From a Black Woman to a Black Man" was recited at the Million Man March in Washington D. C.. Angelou is best known, however, for the five books of her autobiography, beginning with "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" (1970), which she adapted for television, through "All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes" (1986). Angelou's collection of essays entitled "Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now" was published in 1993. She has assumed the roles of poet, educator, historian, author, actress, playwright, civil rights activist, producer and director. Angelou had also appeared in the movie "Roots" and was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in 1977 for her role in the movie. She also had a role in the movie, "How to Make an American Quilt" and wrote and produced "Afro-Americans in the Arts", a PBS special for which she received a Golden Eagle Award. She is the author of 11 best selling books.

Introduction
Memory
Looking for the Body Music
7 Variations on Margarita Weinberg
1600 Elmwood Avenue
The Closet
Darkness
First Kiss
Groceries
Blueberry Hill
My Two Selves
The Massacre
My Mother with Her Hands as Knives
Dear Ama
Bitter Coffee
Untitled
Monologue
My House Is Wallpapered with Lies
Maurice
(Hey. Did You Happen to See) The Most Beautiful Girl in the World
Conversations with My Son
The Perfect Marriage
None of Us Are Monologists (aka Chill)
Darfur Monologue Winter Miller
I Can Hear My Soul Cracking
Celia
They Took All of Us
Rant
Woman
I'm Thinking I've Closed My Eyes for the Last Time
I Can't Wait
In Memory of Imette
Respect
The Aristocrats
Connect: A Web of Words
Stew
The Next Fantastic Leap
Give It Back
The Destruction
Hands in Protest
Prayer
The Bra
Banana Beer Bath
True
Club
Conversation Between Heaven and Earth
Part Owner
Woman Work
Eye to Eye
Hail to the Vagina
Rescue
To Stop the Violence Against Woman
Fur Is Back
Afterword: Reclaiming Our Mojo
An Invitation: How to Get Involved
Acknowledgments
About the Writers

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