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Bookends

From: Maria Howes
Length: 02:30

In the beginning, there was light - but there were also baby chickens.
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Bookends
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Maria Howes

Gertiemaria_small In the beginning, there was light - but there were also baby chickens. Gertrude was born in 1888 and raised in the country, a time and place quite foreign to the modern experience. The sounds and images of birth and death have changed in many ways, and in Bookends, Gertrude remembers her own experiences of hearing and seeing the bookends of life. Of my experience working with Gertrude, I discovered this: Seldom do we meet people who challenge everything we think we know about the world and even more extraordinary is when a person can rub out the worst of our habits using nothing more than their voice. Gone are the days when I talk to fill lulls in conversation, shy away from hugs and underestimate my elders. My interviews with Gertrude were like boot camp for the soul and more important than what I learned from her is what I unlearned.

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In the beginning, there was light - but there were also baby chickens. Gertrude was born in 1888 and raised in the country, a time and place quite foreign to the modern experience. The sounds and images of birth and death have changed in many ways, and in Bookends, Gertrude remembers her own experiences of hearing and seeing the bookends of life. Of my experience working with Gertrude, I discovered this: Seldom do we meet people who challenge everything we think we know about the world and even more extraordinary is when a person can rub out the worst of our habits using nothing more than their voice. Gone are the days when I talk to fill lulls in conversation, shy away from hugs and underestimate my elders. My interviews with Gertrude were like boot camp for the soul and more important than what I learned from her is what I unlearned.

Broadcast History

Featured in The Sound Salon, a podcast produced by the University of Michigan School of Art and Design.