Opening the 2014 season at Chautauqua Institution, author Roger Rosenblatt began each morning lecture with speakers close to his heart and craft. Experience the Week One morning lectures all over again through the Chautauquans busy tweeting and Instagramming in this week’s Storify recap.
“The arts, in the broadest sense, help us, I think, to make sense of any society,” Paul Muldoon said. The Pulitzer Prize-winning Irish poet was in conversation with author Roger Rosenblatt Friday in the Amphitheater, and the two explored Ireland’s rich history of producing prominent writers — especially poets.
In Jules Feiffer’s 1977 comic strip collection, Hold Me!, a character called the Dancing Man says, “The one thing I should have been I’m not: Fred Astaire. But I don’t have the talent or discipline to be Fred Astaire. So I do the next best thing. I tap dance my way through life.”
Feiffer will speak at 10:45 a.m. today in the Amphitheater with Roger Rosenblatt as part of Week One’s morning lecture series, “Roger Rosenblatt and Friends.” The two have known one another for more than 25 years, and even though this was Feiffer’s second invitation to Chautauqua from Rosenblatt, it will be his first time on the grounds. Last-minute plane issues canceled his planned morning lecture with Rosenblatt two years ago.
In addition to being a detective, Rosenblatt is also a well-known author. He uses the “time is a flat circle” approach in his memoir The Boy Detective: A New York Childhood, in which he recounts and revisits the days of his youth in the city. Rosenblatt will discuss his memoir, the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle selection for Week One, at 3:30 p.m. today in the Hall of Philosophy.
Much of Roger Rosenblatt and Elizabeth Strout’s Wednesday morning lecture conversation in the Amphitheater centered around being true to a setting when writing fiction.
Tuesday’s morning lecture conversation saw authors Roger Rosenblatt and Margaret Atwood wax poetic about cat videos on the Internet. Atwood mentioned a “pretty adorable” video of a porcupine that she had seen.
Elizabeth Strout will be taking the Amphitheater stage for the first time today, but she’s been hearing about Chautauqua Institution for years.
Since John and Linda Wadsworth were married in 1987, they have been coming to Chautauqua and immersing themselves in the community — particularly the performing arts.
Rosenblatt, the author of this week’s Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle selection, The Boy Detective: A New York Childhood, has been speaking at Chautauqua since 1985. This week is the fourth installment of the “Roger Rosenblatt and Friends” series.