The Christian Science Monitor

'And Then We Danced,' 'Old in Art School,' tell of later-in-life creative endeavors

In the witty and touching , journalist and humorist Henry Alford’s exploration of the world of dance, the author observes “a blatant manifestation of snobbery” in that world: the habit of referring to nonprofessional dancers simply as “non-dancers.” Nell Painter encounters her fair share of snobbery, too, as the distinguished historian retires from academia to pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in painting, an endeavor she describes in her fascinating but fraught memoir, . The most hurtful instance is being told by a teacher

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from The Christian Science Monitor

The Christian Science Monitor5 min readTech
Reporting In Mexico Isn’t Easy. Under AMLO, It May Get Harder.
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s daily press conferences give journalists unprecedented access, but are also a platform to discredit media.
The Christian Science Monitor4 min read
Why It’s OK To Watch Cat Videos
Cat video celebrities like Grumpy Cat, Lil Bub, and Henri represent an oasis of purity and happiness in a complicated media landscape.
The Christian Science Monitor4 min read
European Elections: In Leipzig, A Microcosm Of Germany’s Political Scene
The city of Leipzig is a crucible for liberal European values, but the populist AfD is expected to challenge here in EU parliamentary elections.