By Mary-Louise Parker
A perfectly unconventional literary debut from the award-winning actress Mary-Louise Parker.
An impressive literary paintings, expensive Mr. You renders the singular arc of a woman’s lifestyles via letters Mary-Louise Parker composes to the lads, actual and hypothetical, who've proficient the individual she is this present day. starting with the grandfather she by no means knew, the letters variety from a missive to the cherished priest from her early life to remembrances of former fanatics to an homage to a firefighter she encountered to a heartfelt conversation with the uncle of the child daughter she followed. Readers can be surprised via the intensity and magnificence of those letters, which display the complexity and gear to be present in relationships either loving and fraught.
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Technicality A few weeks later, a visit to two museums, first the Crafts Council Gallery and then the Design Museum in London, was to enter two exciting but separate worlds. In the Crafts Council Gallery, most of the exhibits were by women while the bulk of what was on display in the Design Museum were machined objects by men. To put it baldly, it appeared that the term ‘design’ was reserved for objects that men liked creating – largely machined objects – while the term ‘craft’ was bestowed on handcrafted work, much of it as far as the Gallery was concerned textile crafts, an area dominated by women.
Of the 29 people remaining – a massive 73% of those interviewed – all thought that there were differences between the visual creations of men and women. Interestingly, many of the differences discussed echoed differences identified in the studies comparing children’s and young people’s drawings. So common themes related to the male and female use of straight vs. round lines; their relative emphasis on three-dimensionality and functionality and in terms of underpinning themes, the depiction of males vs.
The first, by Kerschensteiner in Germany in 1905, compared boys’ and girls’ drawings and produced the interesting finding that boys’ drawings were more realistic than the girls’. Then, the Japanese study headed by Iijima in 2001 found that the boys were more likely than the girls to draw motifs arranged in piles, three-dimensionally or from a bird’s eye view (more on these studies below). So, while the boys favoured the realistic portrayals of objects, the girls preferred less realism, and favoured organising subjects in rows.