Knowing When to Stop: A Memoir by Ned Rorem

By Ned Rorem

An exciting, poignant, and impressive memoir of the early years and accomplishments—both musical and sexual—of popular modern composer Ned RoremNed Rorem, arguably the best composer of paintings songs that the USA has produced in additional than 100 years, can be respected as a diarist and essayist whose unexpurgated writings are right now spell binding, enlightening, and provocative. In understanding whilst to forestall, probably the most artistic American artists of our time bargains readers a colourful narrative of his first twenty-seven years, expertly unraveling the fascinating conundrum of who he actually is and the way he got here to be that method. because the writer himself writes, A memoir isn't a diary. Diaries are written within the warmth of conflict, memoirs within the repose of retrospect. yet cautious concept and attention haven't dulled the pointy element of Rorem's pen as he writes overtly of his lifestyles and loves, his missteps and triumphs, and provides frank and interesting images of the luminaries in his circle: Aaron Copland, Truman Capote, Jean Cocteau, Martha Graham, Igor Stravinsky, Billie Holliday, Paul Bowles, and Alfred C. Kinsey, to call a couple of. the result's an youth tale that's riveting, relocating, and intimate—a amazing self-portrait of 1 of the good minds of this age.

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The girl's name is Maggie. The Hispanic boy comes and lifts my arms. He has brown hair, brown eyes, and he's very nice. Everyone is nice. Sometimes they come into my room and pull out the tubes and I can't breathe, and they pour salt water down my throat and I still can't breathe. Then they suck the salt water out and put the tubes back in my mouth and I can breathe again. Mom says that they're going to do surgery on my hands and that I'm lucky to have such a good doctor. He'll use my skin to fix my hands up, the skin from my stomach will be on my hands.

He pulls up his sleeve and shows me the graft sites and how they stretch up to his shoulder. He's black, but the graft sites are a bunch of different colors like tan and off-white. They aren't purple or oozing like mine. They swirl up his arm and stop near his shoulder, almost like they belong there. ” I can tell he wants to hear my story, about what happened to me, but I can't say it because if I told him, then he'd want to know why and I wouldn't know what to say. ” We're quiet for a long time.

She's yelling for the nurses. Now there's a doctor here. They're pushing my parents out of the room. Mom calls out that she loves me. I still can't breathe. This guy is asking me questions. I don't know. I don't know. Just fix it. Just fix it. They're yelling at each other and someone is sticking something through my rib cage. Oh God, that hurts. I can feel it pushing through the skin and the muscle between my ribs and into my lung. Oh God. This hurts too much. I'm so scared. Mom says I had a punctured lung from something they did wrong in surgery and my lung collapsed and that's why they had to put the tubes through my rib cage, but I'm better now and that shouldn't happen again.

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