Last Thurday’s announcement in Stockholm, Sweden, that Romanian-born German novelist Herta Müller was awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize for literature was a pleasant surprise to UL photography professor Lynda Frese, whose photo illustrations adorn the covers of two Müller books. “I heard on NPR that she had won the Nobel Prize,” Frese recalls in an e-mail response to The Independent, “and I though, ‘hmmmm, that name sounds familiar.’ When I got home I checked my resumé ... then found a link to the books with my art work on The New York Times Web site. Wild!”
Frese’s art work was chosen by Müller’s publisher for the covers of 1996’s The Land of Green Plums and 1998’s Traveling on One Leg. According to Frese, Northwestern University Press contacted her last week to renew her contract for the art work. Her 1984 toned gelatin-silver print titled “Foghorn” will remain on the cover of The Land of Green Plums, 24,000 copies of which will be reprinted in anticipation of a renewed interest in Müller’s work.
Is it a crime for citizens to photograph, video, or take notes of a police officer in the line of duty, or a right protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution? Locally, such activity, as witnessed recently, will at the very least result in a night spent behind bars.
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
Episcopal School of Acadiana’s Dr. Joshua Caffery, chair of the school’s English Department, is headed to Washington, D.C., and the Library of Congress as the latest winner of the Alan Lomax Fellowship in Folklife Studies.