Ann Arbor Weather:
Monday September 25, 2017
Follow us: facebook twitter RSS feed
Print Comment E-mail

A Room of One's Own

 

continued

A black-framed poster of Salvador Dali's "Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bee Around a Pomegranate a Second Before Awakening" hangs above the large particle-board desk she bought from her friends. A sparse, modern shelving unit holds a map of Sri Lanka, family photos, a printer, stacks of notebooks and research materials, a white teapot, and a geometric wooden sculpture, a rougher take on Rodin's The Thinker. In the center of the three shelves rests a grouping of books that she rotates in and out depending on what she's using at any given moment. These include Jeffrey Eugenides' Middlesex, Anne Carson's Nox, and Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale. "I keep the ones I really like close to me," she says. "I'd love to have enough space to keep all of them near me."

"Privacy and silence mean a lot to me. I can't work in my U of M office," says Nick Delbanco as he leads the way to his second-floor study. Framed pen-and-ink and pencil portraits of poets line the stairwell, as if to offer challenge and inspiration.

The Robert Frost Distinguished University Professor of English, director of the MFA writing program, and chair of the Hopwood Awards program has lived in this Geddes Heights home since moving here from Vermont in 1985. The half-shuttered windows of his study give a serene, tree-house feel to the room. One of the built-in bookshelves displays the twenty-six books Delbanco has published since 1966 (the most recent is Lastingness: The Art of Old Age) as well as those written by his brother Andrew and daughter Francesca. Others hold books personally inscribed to him and his wife, Elena, by their authors.

Bookmark and Share
previous  ·  1 l 2 l 3 l 4 l 5 l 6 l 7 l 8  ·  next page
all on one page
read more stories here -> Marketplace  l  Culture  l  Community  l  News

You might also like:

Nightspots: Earle
Sprint for Flint
Mark Braun is racing to Mackinac Island by land and lake.
Sandor Slomovits
Ollie Food + Spirits
Ypsi innovators
Lee Lawrence
Restaurants with Alcohol Served
A clickable zoomable map
Feeding the Vegan Horde
The Lunch Room spins off a Filling Station.
Sabine Bickford
Films
Artisan Knitworks Moves to Chelsea
Hand-spun yarns from a husband-and-wife team
Shelley Daily
Flowers in Saline
Nightspots: Rush Street
Today's Events
Arbor Hospice Palliative Care
only cycling studio on the University of Michigan's Campus
A visitor's guide to Ann Arbor