Susanna Speier a freelance digital journalist, scriptwriter and social media strategist who is has helped half a dozen businesses curate Pinterest boards. Writing credits include Nature, Scientific American, The Denver Post and Newsweek / The Daily Beast. Her plays have been performed at HERE, The Cocteau, The World Financial Center, The Tenri and Galapagos Arts Space. She has an MFA in Playwriting from Brooklyn College and a BA in Liberal Arts from Hampshire College. She studied theater at Theatreschool in The Netherlands for a semester during undergrad and earned a screenwriting certificate from BU Graduate School of Communication after compelling her graduate degree She also studied Advanced Social Media for Journalists at Columbia Graduate School of Journalism for a semester in 2010.
David Ehrenstein traces the many adaptations of Les Misérables, from Victor Hugo’s epic novel to the musical to the new film:
In the show, “I Dreamed A Dream” belongs to Fantine, a fired factory seamstress forced into prostitution as a last resort. Her final song is a remembrance of her youth, when her dreams for a beautiful life seemed achievable. Fantine’s “What a Life I Could Have Known,” and lyrics like it were obviously applicable to Boyle, a middle-aged woman with learning disabilities who, for most of her life, took care of an ailing mother. Her unselfishness and amazing turn in fortune (she is now a recording artist with three best-selling albums) fit the novel that preceded the musical.
For Fantine, though, things didn’t work out quite so well, as any fan of the musical — with music, lyrics, and libretto by Claude-Michel Schoenberg, Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel, and Herbert Kretzmer, respectively — can tell you. The musical in turn owes its success to Victor Hugo’s 150-year-old epic of poverty and its consequences. Les Misérables has not ceased to stir emotions all along that formidable span of time, most recently in Tom Hooper’s monumental new film adaptation — one of more than 20 cinematic renderings of Les Misérables to date.
Nicolaus Copernicus’s revolutionary 1543 view of the universe was crystallized in this simple yet disconcerting line drawing. His heliocentric model – which placed the Sun and not the Earth and the center of the universe – contradicted 14th-century beliefs and became one of 100 diagrams that changed the world.
The Cure for Asking Stupid Questions
NASA has found a cure for a common phobia — the fear of asking “stupid” questions. It’s not a pill. No therapy is required. The cure is a rubber chicken.
That’s right, school kids and even their teachers can find themselves tongue-tied when they come face to face with an astronaut or astrophysicist. This interferes with NASA’s mission to reach out, inspire and educate. “But nobody’s afraid to talk to a rubber chicken,” says Romeo Durscher of Stanford Univ., executive secretary for a fowl NASA ambassador named “Camilla” who’s taking classrooms by storm.
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Special Gallery In Memory of the Late Maurice Sendak
Renowned author and illustrator Maurice Sendak, most notable for his popular children’s book Where the Wild Things Are, left his creative mark on society that embraced individuality and an appreciation for an active imagination, before he passed away last month. His passing affected many who grew up with his creative cast of characters through childhood and his newly found fans from his recent resurgence in popularity. In memory of the late great visionary, a gallery showing called Maurice Sendak Retrospective is scheduled to run through the summer at AFA Gallery in New York.
The exhibition is set to include 50 original works that include both published and conceptual artistic works. There will also be a bronze “Wild Thing” sculpture that first showed at the SoHo gallery in 2009, where Sendak’s extensive career was celebrated the same year as the big screen debut of his book-turned-film. It feels fitting for this exhibit to be held at AFA whose owner, Nicholas Leone, had a rare friendship with Sendak predating the gallery showing three years ago.
Marice Sendak Retrospective opens on June 9, 2012, what would have been Sendak’s 84th birthday, and will run through Labor Day.