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The Romans sometimes get grief for "copying" everything from other cultures. The Romans were masters at taking what worked from different cultures they encountered, adopting it, and adapting it to Roman use.
Klickitat by Peter Rock
publication date: 2016
In Klickitat, Rock explored the subtle danger and loneliness that exists in contemporary suburban America.
The setting for Klickitat was a dreamy Portland, Oregon, full of tucked-away forests and hidden tunnels in the ground. The book focused on Vivian and her older sister Audra. Vivian was a young girl with a vague health issue that gave her “agitations” and led her parents to force her to take medications. Audra saw their parents' reaction to Vivian's agitations as just another example of the unnaturalness and captivity of modern life. Vivian didn’t think much beyond her life and what it is now, that is, until Audra met someone named Henry and ran away from the constraints of her childhood home.
Rock's writing style infused the book with otherworldliness and a low-level dread throughout. Here was Rock's description of a domestic argument between Audra and her mother, from Vivian’s perspective:
Although each state gets its turn with a Folio, one thing that will not be found outside Kansas City are the University of Missouri-Kansas City-trained docents that have accompanied the book during its stay here.
Not only does the Folio contain an impressive number of plays, it also has amassed quite a collection of interesting facts regarding its production, history, and existence.
Thousands of visitors have made their way to the Kansas City Public Library to revel in a rare copy of Shakespeare's First Folio, which is on display in the downtown Central Library through June 28.