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Title:
Dream catcher : a memoir
Author:
Salinger, Margaret Ann.
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Publication Information:
New York : Washington Square Press, [2000]

©2000
Physical Description:
xii, 436 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780671042813
UPC:
076714027954
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Book

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Summary

Summary

InEyes with Winged Thoughts,the forty-four photographs and fifty-eight poems, reflecting on his long and extraordinary life, offer a rare glimpse of his thoughts and feelings about everything from romantic love to the Iraq war and the passing of Pope John Paul II.He has done it all. Gordon Parks's life is an astonishing litany of firsts: in the 1940s he was the first African-American photographer to work for the Farm Security Administration and forVogueandLifemagazines; in the 1960s he would become the first African-American director of a major motion picture. A dominating figure in contemporary American culture, he is an artist of uncompromising vision and creativity.In 2002 Parks received the Jackie Robinson Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award and was inducted into the International Photography Hall of Fame, just the latest in a series of honors that began when he received a prestigious Julius Rosenwald Fellowship in 1941 and which now includes an Emmy, a National Medal of the Arts, and over fifty honorary doctorates. Now in his nineties, he could easily rest on his laurels, but the luminous photographs on display inEyes with Winged Thoughtsand the poems -- some meditative and lyrical, some raw with emotion about the war in Iraq and the tragedy of the tsunami -- show that he is still a true American Renaissance man.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gordon Parks is remarkable: a Renaissance man who has mastered photography, filmmaking, and writing. The story of his life is certainly an incredible one, which explains why Parks has written a new memoir titled A Hungry Heart0 (2005). This collection of poems and photographs, however, will add yet another dimension to Parks' life story. From the resonant words and lessons of his parents to meditations on current events--terrorism, the tsunami, the war in Iraq--the poems are candid snapshots of Parks' emotional life. Words harmonize with landscape photographs and images of strangers walking through their lives without a sense of being observed. Transcending voyeurism, Parks' photographs reveal vulnerabilities of the human experience with grace and compassion. After all, Parks understands vulnerability and willingly displays it in his writing. In his 90s and still driven to experience what the world has to offer, and to express his response to it, Gordon Parks is an inspiration to us all. --Janet St. John Copyright 2005 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

At 90, Parks can look back on his life with considerable pride. He sought and won acclaim as a photographer, film director, composer, author and poet. An African-American who challenged and recorded the horrors of bigotry, Parks, a longtime staffer of Life magazine, has led a remarkable life-and his memoir reads like a journey through most of 20th-century America. From his Kansas youth to his assignments shooting everything from Paris fashions to Malcolm X, Parks treats readers to an insider look at history, war and politics. En route, we learn of his struggles, including three failed marriages. He doesn't spare himself, yet renders personal details with gentlemanly restraint. Above all, his deep commitment to work, for Vogue, Life and Hollywood, is clear. Whether telling of dodging death threats as a black photojournalist documenting the civil rights struggle in the 1960s, directing Shaft or producing moving photo essays on Harlem families, Parks's eye for irony never falters. Describing himself as "a hopeless romantic with a sense of adventure," Parks is rightfully harsh in his condemnation of racism but grateful to supportive whites who supplied critical career breaks. This work is a fitting tribute to a driven man whose life story is as absorbing as his work. Agent, Sterling Lord. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Library Journal Review

As he sneaks up on 100, this man for all seasons is still going strong. Here are 40 new poems, complemented by 58 new photographs, that range from quiet elegies to painfully direct takes on the war in Iraq and the aftermath of the tsunami. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.


Excerpts

Excerpts

Come Sing With Me! Despite the turmoil, anguish and despair disrupting the planet we inherited, there is something good I choose to sing about. That something lies within us, patiently waiting -- beneath us, above us and around us. Its peaceful message yearns to fill our places of murderous anger and hatred, to flourish forever. Hope is the song I have chosen to sing -- a deathless song, flowing steadily beside my faith. Whenever the fist of doubt knocks at my door, it is powerfully turned away by my hopeful singing. When things go from bad to worse I still sing my song. Why not? It helps me endure the bloodthirsty days. Once earth's fire had devoured my hopes. As my twisted soul slid toward Hell, Fate came racing from another direction. Pinned to it was a belt of sun with new instructions. These, it said, are for you! Suddenly Fear was gone. I made peace with the mean roads I'd walked. My jackals could now lie down in truce. From that day on, I began singing the song called Hope. I still sing it loud -- above the waves, fire, darkness and mud. Copyright (c) 2005 by Gordon Parks Excerpted from Eyes with Winged Thoughts by Gordon Parks, Gordon Parks All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.