At long last, I have begun devoting chunks of time to the project I agreed to back in February: a chapter in a forthcoming volume tentatively titled Third-Generation Holocaust Narratives: The Intergenerational Transmission of Memory, Longing, and Loss. My own contribution, titled (for the moment) “Theory and Practice of Third-Generation Writing,” will ideally combine reflection on my own writing experiences and analyses of works by others.
So, I am revisiting some of my past writings on the subject; reading (or re-reading) fiction by other “3G” writers–writers who are also grandchildren of refugees from and/or survivors of Nazi persecution; and locating relevant new nonfiction (essays/interviews) by these writers. Throw in some permissions requests, and some additional reading/re-reading in earlier scholarship/criticism, and you get a sense of the multi-tasking involved with this one project. Stay tuned for updates!
You know how it goes. Suffice to say that there was more than one.
But I also continued to send things out. Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.
Time with “Artists & Friends”
It has been a good week for catching up with several friends-who-write over drinks, meals, and even a museum visit. Sunday found me with one of these friends over at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where we wandered through this superb John Singer Sargent exhibition.
The exhibit’s focus on “artists and friends” who were acquainted with Sargent means that among the featured paintings and drawings are likenesses of Robert Louis Stevenson, William Butler Yeats, Henry James, and many others. You have until October 4 to see the exhibit for yourself. Do try to get there.