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Friday, October 31, 1980

The Michigan Daily

ON THE ROAD WITH EDDORN

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A literary journey to Alaska

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By CAROL WIERZBICKI
Launching his Thursday night
reading at Benzinger Library with the
following excerpt, Colorado poet and
short story-writer Ed Dorn gave his
listeners a sampling of Juneau in June,
his forthcoming Alaska travel book. As
he read in a self-assured manner from
scribblings of various shapes and sizes,
an ironic mixture of world-weariness
and disbelief at life's situations began
to emerge:
"Oversold tickets, aggressive
duplicates, fixed or dwindling seat
numbers are the gems strung around
the neck of the airline business, and
what a neck they've got! Waiting on the
ground at Stapleton there were some
hot customers, or should we say hot
sausages, wishing they could lift off the
grill. Even the stewardesses, those
bastions of the dry forehead, were
winking the salt out of their eyes. A boy
in Juneau later told me you shouldn't
call them stewardesses, the new thing
he said was to call them Stewardii, as in
Waitrii and so on. But that's in the
future.'"
CLAUSTROPHOBIC crowds of
people, intimidating computers, and an
airline seat like a "sarcophagys", are
all part of what Dorn sees as the
tragicomic helplessness of human
beings in a bureaucratic world.
The author's cynicism was not as
prevalent in his "novelized diary"',
Alaska Loca. This work seemed to be
more of a lyrical and intricate portrait
of Alaska, in which Dorn wove together
flora and fauna, history and geology,
into one anthropomorphic blob.
Another strange place that seemed to
hold his fascination was La Jolla, which
he described as "awesome, like an
elephant graveyard."
ome of his poems were cryptic
rhymes that read like carefree Dada
nonsense: "The sky for sure/ is soup du
jour." Others dealt with the farce of
recycling waste,,and the mechanics of
torture. His threat to scientists began:
"I'm going to grow you in a petri

dish . . ." In true Ann Arbor spirit,
Dorn ended the reading by giving us an
exam: "Question: Why did Sen.
Eugene McCarthy want to be the Sam-
my Davis Jr. of the 1980 election year?"
ED DORN'S forceful intellectual
style of writing depicts the unbearable

flakiness of the plastic culture we live
in. One could compare him
thematically with Joan Didion, but
unlike Didion's somewhat journalistic
distancing from her subject, Dorn
doesn't hesitate to jump right into
situations emotionally, to become part

of the sweating crankiness of that
frustrated crowd. There's a kind of
bouyancy to his cynicism, though; one
can tell that he takes a great joy in
language, and listening to him, you gdt
an image of one of those discontented
statesmen of the 18th century.

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Performa.nce guide

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This week's performance guide was compiled by Arts
staffers Mark Coleman, Dennis Harvey and Anne
Gadon.
MUSIC
East Quad Halloween Party-Traditionally a showcase for
local music, this year's bash features Sailcatz, an Ann Arbor
band with a southern bent, and the Lyman Woodard
Organization, a respectable electric jazz group from Detroit.
New Wave rockers Teenage Rage and the Frustrations will
kick things off at 8:00 p.m. Friday, E.Q. South Cafeteria
Ellen McIlwaine-A rough and ready blues singer and
guitarist with a warm, knowing wit that compliments the
toughness of her delivery. Comparisons? How about Bonnie
Raitt with brains and integrity. Rick's, 611 Church, Monday,
music should start by 10 p.m.
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields-One; of the most
established and accomplished Baroque ensembles currently
performing, the Academy is a must see for fans of that
musical era-even without Neville Mariner. Monday, 8:00
p.m., Rackham Auditorium.
FILMS,
Carrie-Brian De Palma's scary, touching, ingeniously cruel
horror film about what went wong at the senior prom. Sissy
Spacek plays the put-upon Cinderella heroine magically en-
dowed to exact a spectacular revenge when her evil
surrogate step-sisters spoil her moment of Truth Romance
with the local jock Prince Charming (William Katt). As in-
ventive, funny and gloriously cheesy as any horror fantasy
ever made. Friday, October 1, MLB 3, 7:30and 9:30.
Five Thousand Fingers of Dr. T.-A wild, little-screened 1953
film considered by some to be the best children's fantasy
ever made. Bizarre, styjized stuff about a boy who has bad
dreams about being imprisoned by Dr. T., a fearsome piano
teacher who forces helpless boys and girls to practice en-
dlessly in his baroque castle. Friday, October 31, Michigan
Theatre, 6:30.
The Night of the Hunter-A typicol Halloween thriller in the

form of Robert Mitchem as mad preacher. Harry Powell, the
horrofic villan of Charles Laughton's only diectorial attem-
pt, an almost surrealistic odyssey into religious fervor
twisted to the point of psychopathy. Mitchum chases two,
terrified children through the southern backwoods; Lillian
Gish and Shelley Winters get in his way. Written by James
Agee, this one-of-a-kind film is "as scary as any movie ever
made" (Christopher Potter). Friday, October 31, Michigan
Theatre, 9:15 and 11:30.
The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad--SEE. Sinbad battle brillo-r
pad monsters (well, almost) and worse.in the miracle of
Dynarama! GAG! at the insipid plottings that allow Sinbad
to tussle with a dozen Play-Doh fantasy creatures and
several well-stacked slave girls! Saturday, November 1,
Aud. A, 8:40.
Evening of American Avant-Garde Films-Not one-tenth as
educational as a night at the 16mm or 8 mm Festivals, but an
okay crossection of experimental works from the last two
decades. The eight selections range from pure visual ab-
stration to home-movie jokery (in the form of an aimable
barnyard ssatire of West Side Story), with Kenneth Anger's
Scorpio Rising the most overrated-it's inept gleaming-
leather homoerotic imagery looks remarkable tame, legend
or no legend. Wednesday, October 5, Lorch Hall, 7:00 and
9:05.
THEATRE
Action-A one-act play by Sam Shephard, winner of the 1979
Pulitzer Prize for drama. This premier production by'the It's
All One Players deals with four social dropouts confined to a
wilderness cabin and their struggle with the reason for their
existence. At Canterbury Loft, 332 S. State (over Music
Mart), October 31 and November 1 at 8 p.m., and 10 p.m. and
November 2 at 4 p.m.
We Can't Pay, We Won't Pay-A hilarious political comedy
by radical Italian playwright Dario Fo. Detroit auto workers
get mad at high prices and decide not to take it anymore. At
the Residential College Auditorium in East Quad. October 31
and November 1 at 8 p.m. with a Sunday matinee at 2:30 p.m.

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