Gloria Spielman

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Silence, Blessed Silence

Posted by Gloria Spielman on Thursday, 10 November 2011 in On Writing · 0 Comments

This post was my third guest blog for the Jewish Book Council and appeared on The Forward.

 One of the upshots of all the reading and thinking I did for “Marcel Marceau: Master of Mime,” was that I ended up doing a lot of thinking about something I’d never thought that much about before — silence and its power.

 It never used to be like this. I wasn’t always on a quest for quiet. An only child, I yearned for noise, for hustle and bustle, a busy house with lots of people and their comings and goings. Who the hell needed quiet? Quiet was boring, unnerving, depressing, threatening even. A void to be filled. So, on went the TV the second I came home, the radio in the kitchen, a favourite tape, anything, as long as there was noise. Anyway, how could you do homework with no music? I had a friend at elementary school, who came from an odd family. They were odd as they had no TV. I remember thinking. What do they do for noise? It must be terrible, all that quiet. (Ironically, we are bringing up five children without a TV, but that’s a tale for another day.)

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University of the Ghetto

Posted by Gloria Spielman on Saturday, 05 November 2011 in The East End · 0 Comments

public-library-smallThis post appeared as the first of three guest blogs for the Jewish Book Council and on The Forward.

When I’m back in London there’s a building I like to visit. If you’re an art lover and you’ve been to London. you may know the place. It’s the Whitechapel Gallery in London’s East End. But it’s not the art that I go for, it’s the building itself. Or rather its new-old addition — the former Whitechapel Library.

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Interview with T. Daniel, mime artist

Posted by Gloria Spielman on Wednesday, 24 August 2011 in Mime · 0 Comments

T. Daniel is an internationally known creator, choreographer and performer of mime. His work has been compared to Red Skelton, Buster Keaton and Marcel Marceau. T. Daniel studied mime under Marceau and Etienne Decroux, Father of Modern Mime. He talked to me from his Chicago home.

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Silence, Blessed Silence

Posted by Gloria Spielman on Thursday, 10 November 2011 in On Writing · 0 Comments

This post was my third guest blog for the Jewish Book Council and appeared on The Forward.

 One of the upshots of all the reading and thinking I did for “Marcel Marceau: Master of Mime,” was that I ended up doing a lot of thinking about something I’d never thought that much about before — silence and its power.

 It never used to be like this. I wasn’t always on a quest for quiet. An only child, I yearned for noise, for hustle and bustle, a busy house with lots of people and their comings and goings. Who the hell needed quiet? Quiet was boring, unnerving, depressing, threatening even. A void to be filled. So, on went the TV the second I came home, the radio in the kitchen, a favourite tape, anything, as long as there was noise. Anyway, how could you do homework with no music? I had a friend at elementary school, who came from an odd family. They were odd as they had no TV. I remember thinking. What do they do for noise? It must be terrible, all that quiet. (Ironically, we are bringing up five children without a TV, but that’s a tale for another day.)

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University of the Ghetto

Posted by Gloria Spielman on Saturday, 05 November 2011 in The East End · 0 Comments

public-library-smallThis post appeared as the first of three guest blogs for the Jewish Book Council and on The Forward.

When I’m back in London there’s a building I like to visit. If you’re an art lover and you’ve been to London. you may know the place. It’s the Whitechapel Gallery in London’s East End. But it’s not the art that I go for, it’s the building itself. Or rather its new-old addition — the former Whitechapel Library.

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Interview with T. Daniel, mime artist

Posted by Gloria Spielman on Wednesday, 24 August 2011 in Mime · 0 Comments

T. Daniel is an internationally known creator, choreographer and performer of mime. His work has been compared to Red Skelton, Buster Keaton and Marcel Marceau. T. Daniel studied mime under Marceau and Etienne Decroux, Father of Modern Mime. He talked to me from his Chicago home.

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Silence, Blessed Silence

Posted by Gloria Spielman on Thursday, 10 November 2011 in On Writing · 0 Comments

This post was my third guest blog for the Jewish Book Council and appeared on The Forward.

 One of the upshots of all the reading and thinking I did for “Marcel Marceau: Master of Mime,” was that I ended up doing a lot of thinking about something I’d never thought that much about before — silence and its power.

 It never used to be like this. I wasn’t always on a quest for quiet. An only child, I yearned for noise, for hustle and bustle, a busy house with lots of people and their comings and goings. Who the hell needed quiet? Quiet was boring, unnerving, depressing, threatening even. A void to be filled. So, on went the TV the second I came home, the radio in the kitchen, a favourite tape, anything, as long as there was noise. Anyway, how could you do homework with no music? I had a friend at elementary school, who came from an odd family. They were odd as they had no TV. I remember thinking. What do they do for noise? It must be terrible, all that quiet. (Ironically, we are bringing up five children without a TV, but that’s a tale for another day.)

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University of the Ghetto

Posted by Gloria Spielman on Saturday, 05 November 2011 in The East End · 0 Comments

public-library-smallThis post appeared as the first of three guest blogs for the Jewish Book Council and on The Forward.

When I’m back in London there’s a building I like to visit. If you’re an art lover and you’ve been to London. you may know the place. It’s the Whitechapel Gallery in London’s East End. But it’s not the art that I go for, it’s the building itself. Or rather its new-old addition — the former Whitechapel Library.

Tags: Array

Interview with T. Daniel, mime artist

Posted by Gloria Spielman on Wednesday, 24 August 2011 in Mime · 0 Comments

T. Daniel is an internationally known creator, choreographer and performer of mime. His work has been compared to Red Skelton, Buster Keaton and Marcel Marceau. T. Daniel studied mime under Marceau and Etienne Decroux, Father of Modern Mime. He talked to me from his Chicago home.

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