05 October 2009

Heroines

Today was a good day for American heroines. First, artist Maya Lin turned fifty today. Many happy returns! Second, today was the first day of the Supreme Court term and Sonia Sotomayor took her place on the court as an 'active' member.
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PS: (Added 7 October) ~ At the risk of diverting attention, since he is neither American nor a 'heroine,' I would be remiss to not add that Vaclav Havel turned 73 on the fifth as well.

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Blogger Dawei_in_Beijing said...

Thanks for this post. My girlfriend studied design under Maya Lin at Yale. I often hear her gushing about what an amazing woman Maya is.

05 October, 2009 21:29  
Blogger Jim Johnson said...

D ~ I've not met her but have seen interviews and read some of her essays. I think she is remarkably talented and thoughtful. She seems, too, like a very decent person. And, given the more or less racist political crap that bubbled up when she was chosen to design what I suspect is the most successful 'war' memorial ever constructed, she seems to be remarkably perceptive too. My understanding of her travails at the point is that she had to ward off numerous 'suggestions' intended to 'improve' the monument.

And from there she went on to do a who passel of wonderful work too!

You girlfriend is lucky, I'd say.

JJ

06 October, 2009 08:36  

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