The Michigan Daily - Monday, September 19, 1988-- Page 14
latest collection filled
The Ideal Bakery
By Donald Hall
Harper and Row/ Perennial Library
Because Hall (who taught at the
University from 1957 to 1977) is
first and foremost a renowned poet,
it's to be expected that his prose is
filled with artistically rendered
imagery. The stories in this col-
lection succeed admirably on that
level; they can appreciated sheerly
for the pleasure of reading his
description of the first snow of
winter in New Hampshire, 1938, or
his recollection of freshly-baked
crullers at the hometown bakery
("Oh, the light still-warm delicate
crisp gently greasy blonde unsugared
braids of dough!") The real treasure
of The Ideal Bakery, however, lies in
the artistry with which Hall tells a
story, so that the closing sentence
stands as an unfailingly honest
statement that sticks to the reader's
"The First Woman" begins the
collection. Like many of the other
eleven stories, the narrative is loaded
with nostalgic detail and, like many
of the other stories, it meditates on
sexual politics. William Bolter
believes that "the world is a bed,"
and his life begins, as does the story,
when he loses his virginity as a
teenager in Cape Cod. From that
point on, his partners are as
temporary and as numerous as he can
manage. He lives a life of "pro-
miscuous harmony" until the age of
51, when he seeks out that very first
Zpting treats for the taker
conquest, who is now almost 60. He
expects an open-armed re.nion, but
instead she denounces him as an old
fool. He's shocked at first, but in the
end the old dog remains content with
his old tricks.
Not so different is Ned Hightower
in "Mrs. Thing," who steals Ros-
alind away from his best friend,
pledges his undying love for her and
makes her take a vow that she will
be faithful to him while he goes to
break the news to his wife, but
instead he finds another "dolly" less
than six weeks later.
On the flip side of these
monstrous male egos is Richard in
"Keats' Birthday," who resigns to
himself that he will never be the
man of action that his wife desires,
let alone compete with her idealized
version of the late poet: "Richard felt
a quick, familiar collapse of mood.
Of course Eleanor was right. There.
was something lacking in him. He
was not John Keats: He was or-
dinary, complacent, mild, and
Richard is, like most of the
protagonists in the book, struggling
with his self-esteem. This conflict is
most fully played out in the book's
last, longest, and most ambitious
story, "Argument and Persuasion."
A strange and complex tale in-
volving a story within a story, it
powerfully captures a the frustration
and dissatisfaction of a young teacher
at a two-year college. Hall shows
sensitivity as well as a much-needed
music be the food of
love, play on."
Well, we're hungry.
And if you prefer Robbie
Shakespeare to William,
Marsalis to Mercutio, or
Chopin to Shylock, the Daily
Arts staff needs you. So if
you're interested in writing
about jazz, reggae, or classical
music, risk the slings and
arrows of outrageous bu sy
signals and give us a call at
Former University professor Donald Hall satisfies the sweet
tooth of his readers with the release of 'The Ideal Bakery.'
good sense of humor when dealing
with such personal issues as a man's
reason for being.
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Integrity--Lesbian-gay male community open house, 8:45 pm, Canterbury
House, 218 N Division. 665-0606.
Hosp Volunteers Prog--Mtg for new volunteers, 7-8 pm, Univ Hosp Amphi.
LSA Faculty--Mtg, 4:10 pm, Modern Lang Bldg Aud 4.
Computing Ctr--Courses in Rm 4212 SEB: MS-DOS Lec/Demo, 1-2:30 pm; In
Rm 3001 SEB: Intro to Textedit Pt 3, 1-3 pm; Conf Organizer, 1-5 pm; IBM
PC-Compatible as a UMnet Terminal, 3-5 pm. Reg req. 763-7630.
Ofc Cent Med Ed--2-day course begs, "Update on Pulmonary & Critical Care
Medicine," Towsley Ctr. Reg req. 763-1400.
Turner Clinic--Writing grp, 1:30-3:30 pm, 1010 Wall St; *Russia Series begs,
G Kish, "The Lay of the Land, Geography of the USSR," 10-11:30 am, Kellogg
Aud. Reg req. 764-2556.
Women's Crisis Ctr--Wkshp, "Surviving a Life Partner," 7-9 pm, 512 E Huron
Reed Rm. 994-9100.
Annuitants' Assoc--Social hr, 3-5 pm, Mich League Kalamazoo Rm.
Ctr for N East & N Afr Stds--Brown-bag lec, J Rodgers, "U-M Libraries'
MIRLYN Online Public Access Catalog," noon, Lane Hall Commons Rm. 764-
*Unly Health Svc--4-wk- prog begs, "Say No To Nicotine," noon-1 pm, 207
Fletcher St. Reg req. 763-1320.
*Sch Music--Lec/Perf, R Merrill, 8 pm, Dance Bldg Studio A. 763-5460.
Career Plan & Place--Publ Svc Intern Mtg, 6-7:30 pm, Rackham Aud;
Recruiting Prog Info Session, 6-7:30 pm, MLB Aud 3. 764-7460.
Sch Music--Perf, Wind Ensemble, "The Abduction from the Seraglio," 8 pm, Sch
Music Recital Hall. 763-4726.
*Prog Judiac Stds/Hillel Fdn--Silent Film, %F2His People, 7 pm, 603 E
Women's Research Club--Refreshments, 7:30 pm; Mtg, C Hollenshead,
"Research & Development at CEW," 7:45 pm, Rackham W Conf Rm.
Jewish Soc Wrkers--Mtg, noon, 3064 Frieze. 769-0500.
Hillel Fdn--Hill St Forum, 7 pm, Mich Union Pond Rm; Mtg, Sdt Struggle for
Soviet Jewry, 8 pm, Mich Union Wolverine Rm. 769-0500.
Mich Senate Assembly--Mtg, 3 pm, Rackham Amphi; Recep, 5 pm,
Sdts for Bush-Quayle--Mtg, 7:30 pm, Mich Union Ballrm. 995-2337.
Univ Lutheran Chapel--Prayer study & fellowship, 7:30 pm, 1511
AIESEC- -Mtg, 7 pm, Hale Aud. 764-4740.
CEW/Hist of Art--Lec & recep, M Schapiro, 7:30 pm, Angell Hall Aud D.
Lesbian & Gay Rights Organizing Committee (LAGROC)--Mtg, 8:30
pm, 3100 Mich Union. 763-4186.
Zen Buddhist Temple--Chanting svc, 7-8 pm, 1214 Packard Rd. 761-6520.
*Botanical Gdns--Tour, "Diversity of Leaves," 12:15-1:15 pm, 1800 N
Dixsboro. Reg req. 763-7061.
Christians In Action--Mtg, D Elliot, "Power, Love & A Sound Mind," 8:30 pm,
Mich Union Penleton Rm. 973-6675.
CFW--Mtg, noon-1:30 pm, Mich League Conf Rm 6. 764-6564.
Computing Ctr--Courses in 3001 SEB: Beginning Microsoft Word
Women's Action for Nuclear Disarmament--Mtg, 7 pm, Mich Union662-
*Intl Ctr/Ecumenical Camp Ctr--Lec & lunch, M Mpanya, "American
Perceptions of Africa," noon, 603 E Madison. 662-5529.
*Gay Liberation--Aids Benefit, singers Romanovsky & Phillips, 8 pm, 637
1/2 S Main St. 763-4186.
Biopsychology--Colloquium, S Baron, "Behavioral Effects of Competitive &
Non-Competitive NMDA Antagonists," 12:30 pm, MHRI Rm 1057 747-0933.
CEW--Lec, G Gibson, "The Punctuated Equilibrium of the Television Networks in
the U.S.: Evolution or Revolution," noon-1:30 pm, CEW763-7080
*Zen Buddhist Temple--Yoga & breathing class, 9:30-11 am, 1214 -Packard
Lord of Light Lutheran Church--Worship, 7:30-8 pm, 801 S Forest668-
Bloeng--Sem, Ion channels & their uses in living cells, 4-5 pm, 1017 Dow Bldg.
*Botanical Gdns--See Sept 20.
Computing Ctr--Courses in Rm 3001 SEB: Conf Organizer, 8:30 am-12:30
pm, reg req; Intro to TEXTEDIT Pt 4, 1-3 pm, reg req; In Rm 4212 SEB: Intro
to Computing, 10 am-noon, reg req; In MLB Aud 3, Computer Conference
Lec/Demo, 7-8:30 pm. 763-7630.
U-M-Dearborn--Film, Bright Lights, Big City, 7:30 pm, Rec & Organiz Ctr.
U-M-Flint--Bring or buy bag lunch for Folk Music, B Gerits, 11:30 am-1:30
pm, Univer Ctr Brewery. 762-3431.
Psychiatry--Lec, R Tandon, "Cholinergic Mechanisms & the Negative
Schizophrenia Syndrome," 10:30 am, Child & Adoles Psych Hosp Aud764-
Russian & E Europ Stds--Brown-bag lunch, 3 sdts summer exper in Russia &
E Europ, noon, Lane Hall Commons Rm; Lec, T Shanin, "Question of
Socialism & Gorbachev's Political Universe," 8 pm, Angell Aud C.
Turner Clinic--Alzheimer's Family Support Grp, 10 am-noon, 1010 Wall St.
*Jewish Law Sdts Union/Jewish Soc Wrkers--Grad & Professional Break
Fast, 8:15 pm, Lawyer's Club Law Quad. Res req. 769-0500.
Career Plan & Place--Intro to CP&P, 2:30-3 pm, 3200 SAB. 764-7460.
*Sdt Woodshop--Wkshp, P Dinehart, "Methods of Decorative Inlay," 7-10 pm,
SAB. 763-40254 -
Univ Lutheran Chapel--Choir rehersal, 7:45 pm; ""Holden Village Vespers',"
9 pm, 1511 Washtenaw. 663-5560.
Intl Ctr--Wkshp, 4-5 pm, Intl Ctr. Reg req. 747-2259.
AIESEC--Mtg, 6 pm, Business Sch Rm 1270. 764-4740.
Faculty-Staff Christian Fellowship--Mtg, noon-1 pm, Mich League Rm 6.
His House Christian Fellowship--Bible study, singing & prayer, 7:30-9 pm,
925 E Ann.
United Coalition Against Racism--Mtg, 6 pm, Mich Union. 936-1809.
*Zen Buddhist Temple--Intro Meditation Course, 6:30-8:30 pm, 1214 Packard
Rd. Reg req. 761-6520.
*AAFC--Film, Lord of the Dance/Master of Illusion, 7 & 9 pm, Angell Aud A.
*Botanical Gdns--See Sept 20.
ACLU--Mtg, 7 pm, Hutchins Hall Rm 116. 572-0378.
Computing Ctr--Courses in Rm 4212 SEB: Basic Concepts of Programming,
1-3 pm; In Rm 3001 SEB: MS-DOS for Hard Disk Users, 10 am-noon; MTS
Visual Editing Basic Skills, 1-3 pm; Microsoft Word Review Lab, 1-2 pm;
M;-.. Wt, WnrdA d vanceFormat;in ( TMPC& C wathlp ).0.A0n
Visiting Writers Series--Fiction Reading, E Lesser, 4 pm, Angell Hopwood
Hillel Fdn--Conf on holocaust, 6:30 pm, 339 E Liberty; Mtg, Progressive
Zionist Caucus, 7 pm, Mich Union Pond Rm; Tagar Mtg, 8 pm, Mich Union
Rm 1209; Info on travel to Israel, 4 pm, 339 E Liberty. For appoint, 769-
Career Plan & Place--Lec, Preparing for Med Sch, 4:10-5 pm. 3200 SAB.
Macromolecular Research Ctr--Lec, K Song, "Longitudinal Acoustic Mode
Studies of Poly," 3:30 pm, IST Bldg Rm 1114. 763-2316.
Sch Music--Ushering sign-up mtg, 7:30 pm, Mendelssohn Thtre763-5213.
Mus Anthropology--Lec, D Peterson, "Archaeological Research in Oaxaca,
Mexico," noon-i pm, Ruthven Mus Bldg Rm 2009. 764-0485.
Univ Lutheran Chapel--Lec, "Study of Vital Issues," 7 pm, 1511 Washtenaw.
CEW/Hist Art--Lec, M Schapiro, 7:30 pm, Angell Hall Aud D. 763-7080.
Arts & Progs Ofc--Open house, 10 am-3 pm, Mich Union Pendleton Rm 764-
Ctr for Japanese Stds--Film, There Was A Father," 7 pm, Lorch Hall Aud.
*AAFC--Films, All the King's Men, 7 pm; The Candidate, 9 pm, MLB4.
Computing Ctr--In Rm 3001 SEB: Lotus 1-2-3 Graphics, 8:30-10:30 am; Lotus
1-2-3 Databases, 10:30 am-12:30 pm; Excel Basic Skills, 1-5 pm; MTS Visual
Editing Basic Skills, 3-5 pm; In Rm 4212 SEB: Basic Concepts of Data
Communications; Macintosh Basic Skills Lec/Demo, 1-3 pm, Reg req763-
*U-M-Flint--Film, Hairspray, 7 & 9:15 pm, Univer Ctr Kiva. Recep for R
Jensen, 7 pm, Univer Ctr Gallery. 762-3431.
*ICLE--Writing Sem, "Translating from "Legalese" to Plain English," 9 am-5 pm,
1020 Greene St. Reg req. 764-0533.
Turner Clinic--Writing grp, 10 am-noon, 1010 Wall St. 764-2556.
Women's Crisis Ctr/Lesbian Prog Ofc--Women's Tea, 5:30-7 pm, 306 N
Research Fellows--Conf, "Comparative Study of Social Transformations,"
1:15-5 pm, Mich League Henderson Rm.
Elect Engr & Comp Sci--Sem, S Lafortune, "Controllable Languages in
Supervisory Control of Discrete Event Systems," 4 pm, EECS Rm 1301.
OAS--Open house, 9 am-noon & 1-4:30 pm, 201 E Hoover. 763-0107.
Univ Lutheran Chapel--Video & games, 7 pm, 1511 Washtenaw. 663-5560.
Astronomy--Lec, R Baldwin, "A Possible Identification of the Tertiary-
Cretaceous Impact Crater," 3:30 pm, Dennison 807. 936-1737.
CEW/Hist Art--See Sept 22.
Sch Music--Recital, M Halsted, 7 pm, Burton Mem Tower. 763-4726
*Ruthven Planetarium Thtre--Shows: "A Starry Night," 11:30 am; "Voyager
2 at Uranus," 2 & 3 pm, Nat Sci Mus 4th fl, comer Geddes-Washtenaw.
*AAFC--Films, Performance & The Exploding Plastic Inevitable, 7 pm; This Is
Spinal Tap, 9:20 pmn, Nat Sci And.
*Football--U-M vs Wake Forest, 1 pm, Mich Stadium.
Women's Athletics--Hockey, U-M vs Kent State, 10 am, football bldg or
adjacent field. 763-2159.
*U-M-Dearborn--Child's prog ages 4-9, 10 am, noon & 2:30 pm, Henry Ford
Estate-Fair Lane. 593-5590.
*Hill St Cinema--Film, To Live & Die in L.A., 9 pm, MLB4. 769-0500.
Career Plan & Place--Kick-off Sat, 9:10 am-noon; Job search lec, 9:10-10
am; Resume writing, 10:10-11 am; Interviewing, 11:10 am-noon, 3200 SAB.
Sdt Woodshop-.Safety Class for new shop users, Pt 1, 9-11 am, SAB763-4025
Zen Buddhist Temple--Korean svc, 11 am-12:30 pm; Meditation svc, 5-7 pm,
1214 Packard Rd. 761-6520.
*Ruthven Planetarium Thtre--Show: "Voyager 2 at Uranus," 2 & 3 pm, Nat
Sci Mus 4th fl, cor--ner Geddes-Washtenaw. 764-0478.
Lord of Light Lutheran Church--Worship, 10 am, 801 S Forest 668-7622
Botanical Gdns--Leaf collect/identif walks. 2 pm: leave identif help session. 2-