Monday, June 16, 2008

Just Fun

Hangers at Smithsonian

I had so much fun doing this with Ann, that I had to share it.

And since I'm in the mood for sharing, there's also this... my little thoughts on how Chinese food converges with Mark Galli. Or in other words, how liturgy relates to forks.


Ted's latest book club post Palisades Cliffs: doubt

Hanger Sculpture at Smithsonian, photo by L.L. Barkat.

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Blogger Sarah said...

Ok, so I first read this thinking that you helped someone named Ann put together that fabulous hanger sculpture in the picture...oops! But the interview was a great read. I particularly liked the part about not writing a book until it's time--I thought I was the only one who felt that way about it.

11:26 AM  
Blogger christianne said...

a beautiful interview, l.l. i loved hearing some of the more personal details of the aftermath of the book's release and people's responses to it. that story about beezie and the stone made little goose bumps rush over my arms.

2:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

a very enjoyable feast.
your post was a table full of goodies.

3:47 PM  
Blogger L.L. Barkat said...

Sarah... that's really funny. But I see how that mistake might be made. Isn't Ann just a marvelous interviewer? Best I've experienced yet.

Christianne... thanks! Yes, you should have seen me when I opened that little bag. I was completely overcome. It was such a redemptive moment.

Nancy... hope you still had room for dessert. ;-)

8:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well done interview, LL. Your grandmother's stone story is one of my favorite parts of the book also. I thought of it when she passed away, of how special it is that you were able to share your "Stones" with each other while she was here. Also, liked the glimpse into the writing life. Good stuff!

10:24 PM  
Blogger Ted M. Gossard said...

Very good. I loved the interview. Worth the read for anyone- interesting! And the hanky thing- wow!

Also the food and liturgy thing is good and so underplayed anymore in our society. Though maybe it can be revived again- in our churches and families. Eating around a table used to be a staple in American life, but it's the exception anymore, it seems. We need regular family rituals that carry important meaning;we need to get back to that, to not be too busy for it.

8:23 AM  
Blogger Craver Vii said...

That photo must be the mighty pinions of the mythological creature from the land of Drai Kleening!

12:19 PM  
Blogger Every Square Inch said...

Ann did a really nice interview with you. I didn't realize the lengths you've gone to obscure your online persona or perhaps to increase your online mystique?!?

I liked your characterization of how writing has sought you out.

12:27 AM  
Blogger L.L. Barkat said...

A An... so you liked the epilogue too? :) I'm not sure what it means that one of my favorite parts of my book is the epilogue. Thanks for your enthusiasm.

Ted... the hanky thing. Hmmm... I must have missed something. Do tell. :) You are always so encouraging, even when you're just listening to me blab. Thanks!

Craver... for one little minute, you had me. Then. Oh! I laughed. Yes, that land is right next to Klose Lein. :)

Every Square... isn't she marvelous? I'm so glad I met her at Calvin. Funny, I didn't start out trying to create any mystique, but here we are.

4:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really enjoyed interviewing you, L.L., and introducing you to my readers (more personably than merely showing them your shoes).

Now I've got to return to packing.

Long trip ahead of me.

9:13 PM  
Blogger kirsten said...

loved reading the interview (and now i can imagine your voice as i read your responses)!!

i'm in agreement with christianne: it was great to hear your personal response as others shared how your book impacted them. a feast of grace, it is.

11:39 PM  
Blogger Halfmom, AKA, Susan said...

Interesting post. I enjoyed the interview - especially the last line - "and grace does bring us home" - that's been on my mind a lot lately!

Left you a comment over on the food channel - hope you are doing well!

9:25 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Great links! Reading the interview with Ann makes me treasure the mental picture I have of your face from your author site--perhaps long ago?

10:22 AM  

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