Summary: Lowry's Number the Stars is a simple yet poignant novel about a young girl's contribution tothe resistance movement in Denmark during World War 11. Annemarie Johansen, a 10-year old girl living in Copenhagen,is faced with the knowledge that the Nazis are beginning to "relocate" the Jews in her city. Ellen Rosen,a neighbor and classmate of Annemarie's, is Jewish. Through a series of small acts of bravery, Annemarie and herfamily help the Rosens escape into neighboring Sweden, in a boat with a false bottom, operated by Annemarie's UncleHenrik. Annemarie is called upon to ensure the Jews' safe passage when she has to deliver a package to Henrik,in the dark, because her mother has broken her ankle and cannot walk. Annemarie successfully delivers the package,and only later learns what could have happened had she not been able to dodge the soldiers who stop her in thewoods. Once the war is over, Annemarie's parents tell her that her older sister, Lise, was part of the resistancemovement and was killed for it. Annemarie realizes that she too, has helped Jews escape and feels proud to knowand be friends with Ellen, even though she doesn't know if she'll ever see her friend again. At the end of thebook, Annemarie decides to wear Ellen's Star of David necklace, as a sign of her friendship, until Ellen returnsand can wear it herself.
Language: Although the language in Number the Stars is surprisingly simplistic, young adults in a widevariety of reading readiness would be able to use this text as a learning tool, both for the message and the languageemployed. Lowry uses direct speech, simple yet telling figurative language, and a sense of humor to invite thereader to go beyond the text. Students as young as 5th graders have read this book, as have 10th and l 1th graders,all with success and meaning.
To celebrate the Swanlights album release, Antony will be "taking over" the music website for a week starting on Monday. We have prepared interviews with Marina Abromovic and Bjork, essays including one on Native American Two Spirit traditions, video debuts by Charles Atlas, Peter Sempel and Antony and the Johnsons, features on several musicians and an art series. We are really excited about it! Check in throughout the week for daily updates.
From 1960 onwards, Hijikata directed a host of solo performances featuring Ohno. The first, Divine, was a tribute to the dying transvestite prostitute from Jean Genet's subversive 1943 novel Our Lady of the Flowers. From the beginning, Ohno was yin to Hijikata's yang. While some butoh dancers later came to embody an almost impenetrable stoicism, and others grotesque horror, Ohno expressed something more ethereal, feminine and ecstatic in his reveries.
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Secondary texts: Along with Number the Stars, the following would compliment Lowry's gentle introductionto the Holocaust: Anne Flank: The Diary of a Young Girl; Briar Rose, Jane Yolen (accompanied by The Sleeping Beauty);Farewell to Mane a Wakatsuki Houston and James D. Houston; The Shawl Cynthia Ozick; "Schindler's List,"Stephen Spielberg Productions; The Hiding Place, Corrie Ten Boom, and other Holocaust books, poems, and visualtexts.
Questions: How can one person make a difference? What is bravery? What is prejudice and why does it exist?What is dignity and who has it/doesn't have it? What is the significance of Ellen's Star of David necklace? What'sthe role of "family" in this novel?
I am the only transgendered performer ever to have been nominated for an Academy Award, and for that I thank the artists who nominated me. (There was a trans songwriter nominee named Angela Morley in the early 70’s who did some great work behind the scenes.) I was in Asia when I found out the news. I rushed home to prepare something, in case the music nominees would be asked to perform. Everyone was calling with excited congratulations. A week later, Sam Smith, Lady Gaga and the Weeknd were rolled out as the evening’s entertainment with more performers “soon to be announced”. Confused, I sat and waited. Would someone be in touch? But as time bore on I heard nothing. I was besieged with people asking me if I was going to perform.
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Antony: All of the above. I am calling for a seismic shift in the ratio of women in the highest seats of corporate and civic governance, and we are asking men, using myself as an example, to retreat to the interior, and to examine their seat of privilege and examine the systems of power that they are operating within, and not to take it for granted, but to dismantle it, to deconstruct it, in order to better serve their families and their communities, and even to [better] serve their own interests.
Today marks the release of the "Aeon" CD single and 7" featuring a cover of Beyonce's "Crazy In Love". To coincide with the new CD single, Pitchfork has released a new feature on Antony. "In this in-depth profile, we examine the life and career of Antony Hegarty, one of today's most compelling musical artists." Read more .