Here’s another reading of Algren’s poetic Chicago: City on the Make.
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1. Each week, we’ll provide a theme for creative inspiration. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme will be announced.
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Other Weekly Photo Challenge photos:
- Ambience: Daily Post
- Ambience: Stenoodie
- Ambience: Wooly Muses
- Ambience: Here and Abroad
- Ambience: Beijing Daily Photo
- Ambience: Travel with Intent
- Ambience: Jinan Daily Photo
- Ambience: From Writing to Reason
- Ambience: The Roaming Counselor
- Ambience: Photographic Trek
- Ambience: Penne 4 your Thoughts
- Ambience: Ain’t Mine No More
- Ambience: Lucid Gypsy
- Ambience: yi-ching lin
- Ambience: Our Shadows Remain
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Anticipation (stenoodie)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Anticipation (maverick mist)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Anticipation (sound mind journey)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Anticipation (scattered thoughts)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Anticipation (rural iowa pastor)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Anticipation (jinan daily photo)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Anticipation (what does neikumi think? )
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Anticipation (full time)
21 Aug 2015 Leave a comment
I just read Gina Gianfriddo’s play After Ashley. It’s a witty play with some strong content. It shares the story of Ashley Hammond a very unhappy woman who’s stuck in her marriage and discusses her troubles with Justin her 14 year old son. She doesn’t have a good sense of boundaries and goes to town on her husband to her son, who continually begs her to stop complaining about his dad.
When Aaron Hammond, Ashley’s husband, appears he announces that he’s hired a homeless man to work around the house and Ashley challenges him on this choice. Like Rapture, Blister, Burn, the lead female character is lost, strong and sexually experimental (you don’t see that side, you hear about it) and the male lead is more passive and seeks out a troubled person to come into his home to work against his wife’s wishes.
The play jumps ahead three years and Ashley’s had been raped and murdered by the homeless guy. Of course, that’s hard to take, but Gianfriddo does a better job than most writers with the topic. Readers or audiences see Justin and Aaron struggling to over how to cope with their loss. Justin is certainly critical of Aaron’s decision to cash in and gain fame by hosting a tasteless reality show about victimhood.
The play sounds like it’s so violent and bleak. I can’t recommend it because, while I liked the writing and the playwright presents us with her ideas from a comfortable distance while still making her point, I can see it’s not for everyone. Still, the play is smart and well paced. If you’re not sensitive to the subject matter, I think you’d enjoy After Ashley.
26 Nov 2014 1 Comment
I’ve adapted the Horatio Alger, Jr. novel, Ragged Dick for English language learners. You can get it for just 99¢ on Amazon.com. The story’s got humor, history and adventure.