A Passion for Disaster Volumes I and II offers a challenging selection of J.G. Van Tine’s work for the theater, including The House of Tolstoy, H. Melville, Whaler, and Assassination Games These dramas are exceptional in engaging perverse motives, denied energies and entrapment tactics in their social and intimate hiding places: in politics and family, on the job, in secret fantasies, among children, before the mirror, behind ambitions, and in bed.
I used to harbor affection for all things blue and green. My world was one of ultramarine and cobalt, of viridian and cerulean. After making aliyah, I developed a new aesthetic. Now, umbers and siennas, cadmiums and ochres stir me. Where once woodlands and carpet-like valleys moved me to develop free verse or to reach for literal canvas, these days, sandy hilltops and burnt-looking wadis provoke me to write and to paint.
It is difficult to know whether I consciously changed to acclimate to my external surroundings or whether my external surroundings, without invitation from me, caused my metamorphosis. I dreamed of living in The Holy Land, but never thought that my desire would become actualized in my lifetime. I was a secular academic whose vision had been limited to two children and to tenure at some state university.
We often get bogged down with assumptions about what we ought to receive in our relationships with people and with G-d. In learning how to weave together needs of others with our own, and in learning how to accept, rather than to fight against, the measures that G-d gives us, we grow personally, parentally, and professionally. We become happier, too.
Another Time – Another Dimension
When Queen Tawanna disappears, and Jacara assumes her throne, Warren’s world comes to a stand still — literally. The young apprentice wizard’s life hangs in the balance between life and death. His only hope is to acquire help from another dimension with the Dragon Mirror.