October 2nd, 2009

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Sixth Month Posting_mission101

April 1, 2009 - December 31, 2011

For September
     No new tasks completed

     One new task failed

5. Make sure daughter does her volunteer hours monthly
     Right now, there is no additional time, between honors and AP, she is overwhelmed with homeowrk. Hopefully at a later date, we can get her volunteering going again.

Tasks in progress
1. 09_Study Abstract Expressionism
James Breslin's 'Mark Rothko'
     I had always wondered why Rothko killed himself, I only wonder now how he made it as long as he did. It took Breslin ten years to research and write his book, including a very dangerous journey to 1970's Russia where Rothko was from, and, I believe, his time was very well spent.
     Great painter, seemingly manic depressive man.
2. 09_Study of JJohns & Rauschenberg

Read Michael Crichton’s ‘Jasper Johns
     Crichton was a big deal collector of Johns' work and his in-depth forward for the book for Johns' traveling exhibition produced by The Whitney Museum of American Art in 1978 speaks beautiful about the collector/ painter relationship.
     Very insightful.
3. 09_Complete three large collages/ drawings_(1/ 3)
Drawing 1 plus Detail 1 & Detail 2

5. Read one additional fic/ non-fic book per month_(5/ 34)
Rick Whitaker’s The First time I Met Frank O’Hara: Reading Gay American Writers
     Whitaker's take on several writers including Hart Crane, James Baldwin, Gertrude Sten, Gore Vidal and others.
Nicely written, very personal  and absolutely his take on things.
6. Read poetry_(6/ 34)
Guillaume Apollinaire Bestiary (or Parade of Orpheus) Translated by Pepe Karmelv
     Tiny, and often amsing, book of very short poems written mostly about animals.
Each poem is wonderfully illustrated with wood cuts by Raoul Dufy.
9. Read books about writing or poetry_(6/ 34)
Wallace Fowlie’s Rimbaud and Jim Morrison; The Rebel as Poet
     More about Morrison than Rimbaud, and published in 1994 from lectures for the university audience, Fowlie is a translator of Rimbaud and a professor at Duke University.
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