The Michigan Daily - Monday, February 5, 1990 - Page 7
Descent of grace
Writers travel through "Barnyard," Tibet
BY JAY PINKA
THE life of a writer is so uneventful, monotonous,
unstressful. Sitting at a desk, day after day, hour after
hour, typing up pages and pages about people who
never existed - what a sugar-coated, escapist way of
playing God! Creating characters out of their heads,
and then controlling them, what real shock can Hilda
Beltran and Ann Slater experience, except that of not
The study of character that comprises so much
fiction writing is not such a naive power trip, accord-
ing to Beltran and Slater, both second-year M.F.A
students at the University. Beltran, who used to do "a
lot of theatre and improv," experiences the pleasure
of impromptu creativity in the actions of her charac-
"I like to write things... for spontaneity... to be
surprised by what they're going to do," says Beltran.
The title of "She Do The Barnyard in 15 Voices"
only whimsically hints at the issue of miscommuni-
cation that often runs through Beltran's stories. The
writer portrays different kinds of awareness that par-
ticipants in a communication breakdown can experi-
ence, as in her Hopwood winners "Barnyard," which
shows a mother conscious of her lack of contact with
her daughter, and "Terrible Accidents," where the
characters fail to recognize the problem at all.
Ann Slater fell into her semi-epistolary novel
with the same "descent of grace." The novel, which
began as a series of letters written for a project in
1985, traces a woman's travels through Tibet.
"I liked the immediacy," says Slater, "Letters in
particular can invite the reader into interior land-
scapes of character."
Now that her characters have pointed out her
stylistic path, Slater is deliberate in exploring the
current political and cultural climate in a very real
manner. While making "metaphorical" the idea of the
Chinese occupation, she illuminates her work with
"the theme of independence and how it manifests in
Believe me, Slater leaves her desk while writing.
Go with her as she rediscovers Tibet - having
dusted her feet climbing steep paths to many a Ti-
betan temple. The shrines are "much darker" than our
churches, says Slater, "lit by butter lamps - silver
cups with butter in them, but they burn, (with)
murals and frescoes on the walls."
HILDA BELTRAN and ANN SLATER will read
tonight at 8:30 p.m. at Guild House, 802 Monroe.
SARAH Br D r\Efly
The concert wasn't televised, so the fans who squeezed into Gil Scott-Heron's two sold-out shows at the Ark
on Saturday can consider themselves among the lucky few. The vibemosphere was intense.
Continued from page 5
dress to the audience, he segued from
the pigeonholing of Black History
Month to an analysis of the meteo-
rologist to the bone-jarring anti-nuke
anthem "We Almost Lost Detroit."
The vibemosphere was definitely
chilly. Despite some forays into
Barry White's honey-coated soul
style and the pointless free jazz
"realism" of the intro to "Angel
Dust," Scott-Heron and his band, the
Amnesia Express, created a blustery
aural portrait of the American cli-
mate. The song selection was not
blatantly political, but the desolate
flute fills in "Winter in America"
made it perfectly clear that not ev-
eryone is looking through the same
rose colored glasses that blur the vi-
sion of George Bush and Dan
--v _ .r ._ r..
Once Scott-Heron turned the pro-
ceedings over to the Secretary of En-
tertainment - the incredibly talented
bassist Robert Gordon - the mood
shifted from contemplation to cele-
bration. Gordon's groove, which
combined the virtuoso runs of John
Entwistle with the interplanetary
slap-funk of Bootsy Collins, was
exemplary of traditional African be-
liefs in the power of rhythm. Scott-
Heron talked about the conception of
rhythm as a snake, saying that
rhythm is regenerative, just as a
snake sheds its skin every year. This
belief was realized in the encore,
"The Bottle." Gordon and percus-
sionist Larry McDonald turned a
song that warns of the danger of al-
coholism into a frenzied, seemingly
endless crescendo of liberating ec-
Okay, I came late to the Mighty
Lemondrops/The Ocean Blue/John
Wesley Harding concert last Friday
at St. Andrew's. I saw about one and
a half sets, rather than the three to
which I was entitled. So sue me.
When I arrived at 10:40 p.m., I had
my ticket handy, but The Ocean
Blue was nearly over. How was I to
know they'd start on time? Nobody
else does. So I miscalculated.
Having completely missed John
Wesley Harding's set, it would be
difficult to review it. A seemingly
reliable source in the bathroom said
he thought it sucked, however. I
heard varying reports on how long
The Ocean Blue played. The best es-
timate is 40 minutes, so I saw about
half of their set. If the first half was
as good as the second, they turned in
an incredible performance. The mix
was crystal clear, the playing flaw-
less and the energy level high. The
guys bounced around the stage,
looked at their shoes quite a bit and
got the sold-out, firecode-breaking
crowd jumping along with them. An
especially perfect version of
"Drifting, Falling" had me kicking
myself for not coming earlier.
A cloud of dry ice fog announced
the arrival of The Mighty Lemon-
drops. Starting with "At Midnight,"
(which was hardly appropriate at
11:30) and then a slamming version
of "Happy Head," the band looked
happier to be there than the last time
through town. They jumped around
and seemed to be enjoying them-
selves through old and new songs
like "Into the Heart of Love," "Inside
Out," (which the bassist screwed up
big time) and "Fall Down (Like the
Rain)." Before long, however, their
enthusiasm began to wane and the
all too familiar strains of guitar tun-
ing took up more and more time be-
Just like last year, they closed
their short set with a cover of the
Stones' "Paint it Black" that had
their fog machine and feedback work-
ing overtime. The song ended, the
fog stopped coming, and the lights
came back on. The last I saw of the
Lemondrops was their behinds as
they scurried up the back stairs into
the dressing room. I can't complain
though - I did get two Ocean Blue
members' autographs before I left.
Poet Robert Hass will be mak-
ing an appearance at Shaman Drum
bookstore, 313 S. State, from 4-6
p.m. today. Hass, whose most recent
work is titled Human Wishes, has
received many awards for his writ-
ing, including the MacArthur and
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DAILY SOAPs: Casandra could not resist
the intoxicating lure of Prof. Fermenting; no
matter how hard she tried to sit and smoke
and drink cappucinno at Espresso Royale, the
prof's super-pyschological mind-control
techniques were just too much for our darling
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