Friends of Stony Stratford Library - Unbearable Beauty: The Short Life of Visionary American Artist and Writer Everett Ruess Talk

Venue: Online via ZoomOnline via Zoom
Date: 18 May 2021
Time: 19:00

Black and white image of Everett RuessThe next FOSSL (Friends of Stony Stratford Library) talk will be on Tuesday 18th May at 7pm, on Zoom. Our speaker is Joe Laredo, who is well known to most of you so we know we can look forward to an interesting and enlightening event. Joe’s choice of overlooked/unknown subjects continues and this talk will be about Everett Ruess. 

Here’s what Joe has to say about the talk:

Unbearable Beauty: The Short Life of Visionary American Artist and Writer Everett Ruess

Born in Los Angeles in 1914, Everett Ruess was an adventurer, artist, writer and philosopher, who lived out his dream in a short but intense life. Travelling alone through America's most dramatic landscapes, he dedicated himself to the pursuit of beauty in preference to the pursuit of wealth and status that, then as now, characterised the American Dream. His lyrical writing and uncompromising thinking impel us to re-evaluate the very meaning and purpose of our lives.

The talk, which will be largely in Ruess’s own words, will be illustrated by his watercolours and blockprints as well as contemporary and modern photographs.

A bit about Joe:
Joe Laredo is a writer and translator living in Stony Stratford. He enjoys reading and talking about interesting people, as well as listening to and playing music. He has given talks for FOSSL on the composers Chabrier and Gottschalk, and on the explorer Sir Richard Burton, and for Stony Words on translating from French. He plans to give two talks on Paul Robeson once we can get together again at the Library. 

As usual please email Kathy Luff, FoSSL Secretary on if you would like to register for this talk. 

The link to the zoom meeting will be sent out a few days before the 18th May..

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