I CAN DO NOTHING WELL / Nancy Walker / /T HATE TO SEW," I said to a co-worker who had just told me flashes when I have to sew on a button," I said. random holes." A she was embroidering a table cloth. "I practically get hot A little later, I added, "I never could learn to knit. My mother tried to teach me to knit scarves, but all I made were long strips with She laughed, paused, and then said, "Well, what do you do well?" That stopped me. I look at O'Keeffe's "Lake George Barns" or her "Road Past the View" and feel we are kindred spirits, but I can't paint. I play the piano so rarely that I almost have to go back to John Thompson's beginning book every time. I remember Cornel Wilde playing Frederic Chopin in Song to Remember. I saw the movie several times and, inspired by Wilde's/Chopin's response to the Russians, refused to play for some relatives, telling them I didn't play for "Tsarist butchers." I was inflamed by passionate ignorance; they were baffled. I never could sing well, even though in my mind Tm Nina Simone. Recently, at a college
The Missouri Review – University of Missouri
Published: Oct 5, 1988
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