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Wednesdays' Wisdom - The Joys and Sorrow of Laundry

  • Kimball Jenkins Estate 266 N Main St Concord, NH, 03301 United States (map)


Wednesday Wisdom is held on the second Wednesday of each month. Our goal is to bring fascinating speakers to a diverse group of greater Concord residents.

This is a pot luck and BYO (wine, beer or other drinks).

Date: Feb 11th 6pm

Speaker Anny Jones

Topic: The Joys and Sorrow of Laundry.

In real life I confess that I absolutely hate laundry: washing, drying and particularly ironing. But in art and literature and landscapes it fascinates me. We will play with all manner of images and texts: a sublime wedding poem by Philip Larkin; the obnoxious Mr. Toad's humiliation as a washerwoman in The Wind in the Willows; Neruda's "Ode to Ironing"; Degas' deeply moving portraits of women ironing; French wash-houses by streams and rivers; the origins of the word "gossip" and much, much more. A simple crisply ironed white tablecloth will never look the same to you again, I promise.