by Edmund de Waal, but 1) I could be wrong and 2) I know more than one Nancy so 3) will the real reader weigh in and tell us why? 4) even if you are not named Nancy?
This is a family memoir, a story about art, and the story of anti-Semitism in 1930s Vienna and beyond. It tells what happened to a collection of netsuke, or tiny porcelain toggles used to attach pouches to traditional Japanese clothing that had no pockets.
This morning I consider the past in light of Fiddler on the Roof, the original film version, which I watched again last night for the first time in many years. Beautiful, funny, heartbreaking film. Wikipedia alerts me that some songs were left out of a "re-release" of the film, but, while I do sometimes fall asleep during home viewings (and while I did), I do remember hearing both "Far From the Home I Love" and "Anatevka." I did not hear "Now I Have Everything," though, because it really was cut from the film.
Grew up on the Broadway cast album and just loved "Miracle of Miracles," sung by the tailor Motel Kamzoil, played by Austin Pendleton, an actor I love (and got to meet once, when he directed me in a play!!).
Wikipedia tells me that the title Fiddler on the Roof comes from Marc Chagall's painting, The Fiddler. And I already knew the play was based on stories by Sholem Aleichem about Tevye the milkman.
Now it is snowing, I forgot to eat breakfast, and off I go.
Please look at Joe Wilkins's poems in Escape Into Life today! Brace yourself. He's a "killer on the bridge."