Elizabeth Manus

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Occupation Editor/Writer/Instructor
Location Colorado, United States
Introduction I like word play and etymology and noticing how words go in and out of vogue. In 2005 an English friend describing a particular beach used the word "surfy." I liked the way it sounded; the idea for this blog germinated. Given an interest I have in constrained writing, it makes sense.
Interests Slapstick, satire, parody, design, letterpress printing, translation, water and land use, architecture, artisanal practices, creatures that lived during the time of the dinosaurs, old-school vs. Twitter society.
Favorite Movies Among many: My Dinner With André, The Princess Bride, Airplane, RoboCop, The Lovers, Breaking Away, His Girl Friday, Stage Door, Best in Show, A Mighty Wind, Local Hero.
Favorite Music Moving water. Beatles. Oboe. Townes Van Zandt. Languages I like include Czech (zippers); Italian (music); French (birdsong); Spanish (brush strokes or staccato noise); Portuguese (zippers in tall grass); Japanese (blocks of wood knocking against each other, sometimes underwater) and Latin (90-degree angles and weighty coverlets).
Favorite Books Some favorites: A Fine Balance, The Portrait of a Lady, the Moomintroll books, The House of Mirth, The Ambassadors, Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World, The Verificationist, Galatea 2.2, Perfume, The Baron in the Trees, Franny and Zooey, The Remains of the Day, Family Happiness, Nora, The Crying of Lot 49, The Phantom Tollbooth. Some plays: Under Milk Wood, Glengarry Glen Ross, Wit, Doubt, Passing Strange, The Real Thing, The Dining Room, Six Degrees of Separation, Blown Sideways Through Life, The Homecoming, A Chorus Line, The Tempest, The Lark, The Foreigner, Brass Ankle.

What would you name your ballet inspired by the sight of children leaping through a garden sprinkler?

Summer Afternoon in Connecticut