Friday, October 16, 2009

International Conference on Film and Literature

On Wednesday, October 7, I left for Morgantown, West Virginia, for a Literature and Film Conference I also attended last year.

The photograph at the top of the page, featuring the Mountaineer, shows the front of the student activities building of the University of West Virginia.

And as the image on the left indicates, the campus offered beautiful fall colors.

As visitors to the area learn quickly, the people of Morgantown love their football and their native son, Don Knotts.

One of the main roads in the city sports the name Don Knotts Bulivard; he also shows up as the only start on the downtown sidewalk outside the theater.

I enjoyed the conference, where I gave a presentation on Andrei Tarkovsky's final film, Sacrifice, which remains an enduring mystery to me--as does to a degree Stalker, his film about which I spoke last year.

Those interested in learning more about this famous director should visit the excellent Nostalghia site devoted to his films and his life.

The conference is excellent, too, because Linda joined me, and we got to see again
Mike and Jennifer, friends from graduate-school days in Eugene, Oregon, who live in Morgantown.

I posted a few photographs.

I also on Saturday before a very early departure from Pittsburgh Sunday morning got to visit for the first time The Strip in Pittsburgh--I enjoyed an excellent cup of Maryland Crab Chowder and was pleased to investigate a delightful fish market.

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