A Lively And Intriguing Tale Of The Competition Between Two Artists, Culminating In The Construction Of The Duomo In Florence, This Is Also The Story Of A City On The Verge Of Greatness, And The Dawn Of The Renaissance, When Everything Artistic Would Change.Florence S Duomo The Dome Of The Santa Maria Del Fiore Cathedral Is One Of The Most Enduring Symbols Of The Italian Renaissance, An Equal In Influence And Fame To Leonardo And Michaelangelo S Works It Was Designed By Filippo Brunelleschi, The Temperamental Architect Who Rediscovered The Techniques Of Mathematical Perspective He Was The Dome S Inventor , Whose Secret Methods For Building Remain A Mystery As Compelling To Architects As Fermat S Last Theorem Once Was To Mathematicians Yet Brunelleschi Didn T Direct The Construction Of The Dome Alone He Was Forced To Share The Commission With His Arch Rival, The Sculptor Lorenzo Ghiberti, Whose Paradise Doors Are Also Masterworks This Is The Story Of These Two Men A Tale Of Artistic Genius And Individual Triumph.
I was born in Oak Park, Illinois just like Ernest Hemingway, only later.I ve been saying this in biographies for a long time, and it sounds pretty good Ernest Hemingway is big stuff, and how many authors are born in Oak Park, Illinois Yet recently I was taken to task during a visit to the Fresno area, where two count them two separate individuals pinned me down with grueling interrogations involv I was born in Oak Park, Illinois just like Ernest Hemingway, only later.I ve been saying this in biographies for a long time, and it sounds pretty good Ernest Hemingway is big stuff, and how many authors are born in Oak Park, Illinois Yet recently I was taken to task during a visit to the Fresno area, where two count them two separate individuals pinned me down with grueling interrogations involving specific details, places, and people in Oak Park, Illinois I admitted to them as I admit to you on the World Wide Web I know absolutely nothing about Oak Park, Illinois.I was born in Oak Park Hospital, but we lived in a neighboring town called River Grove And we moved from there when I was a year and a half I take my literary connections where I find them.We moved a lot in my early years, four times before I turned eleven, for a total of five places, all in the Chicago area My Dad died in place number four, which was a townhouse in south Chicago, across the street from the Chicago Skyway, now Interstate 90 I counted trucks on the Skyway when we first moved in, but I stopped counting trucks when my father died.I was nine, and it was November 1962, a year before the JFK assassination changed America forever I still associate my father s death with the death of JFK, and throw the Cuban missile crisis into the mix It was a pivotal time for me, for my generation, and for our nation an end to innocence and the beginning of an exciting yet challenging era of social turmoil.My mother moved us to Evanston, a tree shaded suburb just north of Chicago, where she got a job as a 3rd grade teacher She later found a new career as an adjustment teacher similar to a school counselor in the Chicago schools I grew up surrounded by teachers, who discussed education until they were blue in the face which didn t turn me blue personally, but did make me believe that education was pretty important.Evanston was a cultured place, home of Northwestern University, and I got my first taste of theater as an 8th grade extra in a Northwestern production of Don Quixote starring Peter Strauss, who later went on to mini series stardom in Rich Man, Poor Man On the closing night, Peter was so sick he couldn t perform, so his understudy stepped into the starring role, with the understudy s understudy stepping in for him and on down the line until I rose from the ranks of faceless extras and took the demanding role of Second Mule Skinner which meant I got to mumble something like, Move on, there I was hooked.I continued acting, started singing, and had my first short story published at Evanston Township High School, which at that time was rated the number one public high school in America by whomever rates these things I studied acting for a year at Boston University School of Fine Arts, and when I decided that I wanted a broader education, I transferred to Occidental College in Los Angeles, graduating magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with an A.B in Anglo American literature Just before graduation, I won third place in a short story contest and received a check for the whopping amount of 20 It was the first time I was ever paid for my writing and it felt good.After college, I taught English for six years at a Chassidic Yeshiva in West Hollywood, while playing in a rock band and writing for an alternative weekly newspaper I started writing for the newspaper after I won a story contest with a tall tale about a guy who loses his triplex on the beach during a game of darts with the devil It was called Darts with Mr D, and the paper presented me with a princely check for 100 a 500% increase over my college contest award Not only that, they asked me to keep writing for them, only get this they wanted actual journalism I did what I could and had lots of fun doing it.I got my big break when I answered an ad in the Los Angeles Times that said, Writers Wanted I thought it was some weird scam but decided t
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- The Feud That Sparked the Renaissance
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- 09 May 2017 Paul Robert Walker