16 May, 2011

The Duchess Reads . . .

Say Her Name by Francisco Goldman

It becomes increasingly difficult to get things done.  The Duchess is remiss, for example, for not reminding readers of last week's Legends of La Cienega:  Celebrate Art celebration, benefitting The Art of Elysium's Elysium Project (terribly sorry--coverage here on HuffPost).  She also is remiss for failing to encourage readers to visit any number of fantastic art openings that took place this past weekend, including but not limited to Barbara Kruger at L&M Arts (bad Duchess!).  The Duchess does however read, and how!

Francisco Goldman's recent release, Say Her Name, is nothing if not completely beloved and deeply admired by its reviewers, and for good reason.  It is an earnestly and beautifully written memoir of the author's tragic relationship with his magical wife, Aura Estrada, who died too, too young, only days before their second wedding anniversary on a vacation in Aura's native Mexico.  Mr. Goldman artistically and poetically documents his personal catharsis in this heart-rending book.  The Duchess hasn't finished it yet, but that will not prevent her from attending Mr. Goldman's talk tomorrow evening at the Los Angeles Central Library at 7 pm.  Please join. 

"Hold her tight, if you have her; hold her tight, I thought, that's my advice to the living. Breathe her in, put your nose in her hair; breathe her in deeply."

Los Angeles Central Library
Mark Taper Auditorium
630 W. Fifth Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071

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