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August 13, 1993 - Image 40

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1993-08-13

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CHICKEN

ing in New York City, where
the workshop was held. It
seemed so hard and paved
over, but at the same time
was home to a beautiful
symphony of various peo-
ples and cultures.
Ms. Epel told the dreamer
his job was to "honor the
dream," that is, figure out
what message it conveyed to
him. It turned out the
dreamer was a musician;
the dream, he told workshop
participants, was asking
him to reach inside himself
for new, glorious music.
Following her work at St.
George, Ms. Epel began
leading dream workshops,
hosting a call-in radio show
called "Dream Talk," and
working as a literary escort
— which eventually result-
ed in Writers Dreaming. As
a literary escort, she is
hired by publishers to take
visiting authors around
town, to book signings or
out to dinner.
Often, as Ms. Epel was
hosting the writers, they
would ask, "So, what else do
you do?" After hearing
about Ms. Epel's dream
analysis, almost invariably
the authors would say, "I
had a dream the other
day...Can you tell me what
it means?"
Published this year by
Crown Publishing, Writers
Dreaming features dreams
Ms. Epel secured easily —
sometimes writers were

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If the dreamer
talks about a
book, ask, "What
kind of book? A
Bible?
A dictionary?"

eager to have their dreams
included — and others she
had to pursue with a
vengeance (it took her a
year to get Stephen King).
Among those included:
William Styron, who dis-
cusses how he came up with
Sophie's Choice;
Art
Spiegelman, who recalls
how he was haunted by
nightmares while writing
Maus; and Jack Prelutsky,
whose dream following a
visit to a grocery store
resulted in his poem about a
boneless chicken.
Ms. Epel, who still lives
in Berkeley, Calif., offers
this advice to those interest-
ed in doing their own dream
analysis: Start with a pen.
Write down your dream, or
recite it into a tape recorder

Art Spiegelman: Nightmares of a

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the moment you wake up
(when you're apt to remem-
ber the most details). Then
create a dream group with
friends; they don't need to
be psychologists, just people
interested in dreams.
Finally, ask each other
questions about the dreams
— the more details revealed
the better.
If the dreamer talks
about a book, ask, "What
kind of book? A Bible? A dic-
tionary?" If he talks about
ashes — as did author
Spaulding Gray in Writers
Dreaming
consider every-
thing that has to do with
ashes: fire, death, crema-
tion, cigarettes...
At some point, the ques-
tions generally bring what
Ms. Epel calls the "Aha,"
response. Suddenly, the
dreamer will understand
the message his dream is
trying to convey. ❑



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for the late King Baudouin
of Belgium.
The king died of a heart at-
tack while he was on holiday
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munity expressed its
sadness at the death of King
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public statements.
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mittee of Belgian Jewish
Organizations issued a
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kings and crown princes
were present in the Belgian
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