A character fit for a novel

first_imgThanks to Steven Spielberg’s 1993 Oscar-winning film “Schindler’s List,” many know the story of Oskar Schindler, the German industrialist who saved hundreds of Polish Jews during World War II by employing them in his factories.Thanks to the work of Radcliffe Fellow Julie Orringer, many readers will soon be familiar with a lesser-known, somewhat unlikely wartime hero. Varian Fry was an American journalist and Harvard graduate who helped saved more than 2,000 artists and anti-Nazi activists by way of a daring rescue network in occupied France.For 13 months from 1940 to 1941, Fry, based in Marseilles, forged papers and planned escape routes for a list of people that reads like a Who’s Who of Europe’s cultural elite. It includes Hannah Arendt, Marc Chagall, and Max Ernst.“It surprised me all the more reading that list that I had never heard of Fry,” said Orringer on a recent rainy morning in her office at Byerly Hall. On a wall next to her desk, haunting black-and-white photos of Arendt, Chagall, Ernst, and André Breton serve as vivid reminders of Fry’s work. Orringer is writing a novel based on his life during her fellowship year at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.An alumna of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Orringer initially considered herself content with writing stories — her collection “How to Breathe Underwater” was published in 2005. But an emotional conversation several years ago changed everything. After her grandfather described how he had been conscripted into the Hungarian army as a Jew in 1939, Orringer set out to tell his story with her debut novel. It was while researching that 2010 work, “The Invisible Bridge,” that she encountered Fry.Orringer had come across an article in the Franco-German armistice known as the “surrender on demand” clause, a mandate that required the French state to turn over German nationals on French soil to German officials.“When I did a Google search for ‘surrender on demand,’ up came an autobiography of the same title by this gentleman I’d never heard of.”The more Orringer learned about Fry, the more her curiosity grew. Fry’s memoir raised even more questions. When she tracked down the book’s original introduction she found it “indignant and impassioned” compared with the version that appeared in print. Fry’s editors, she later discovered, worried the public would react badly to reading about “the horrible things that were happening in Europe at the time.”“I came to understand pretty quickly that there was a lot that Fry couldn’t reveal about his own experience when his book was published in 1945. … The style in which it’s written is very guarded. It’s theatrical in a way,” said Orringer. “He speaks as if he were writing a spy movie about himself. I was wondering who this person was behind this artifice.”Orringer soon discovered that Fry, who graduated from Harvard in 1930, was just as guarded with many of his friends and collaborators. “A novelist immediately begins to pay attention when somebody talks about obsessive secret-keeping. I wanted to know what his secrets were.”A window into some of those secrets has opened for Orringer at Harvard. While at Radcliffe she has delved into Harvard’s archives, poring over Fry’s student file to learn more about his College years.A keen intelligence and rebellious spirit punctuated Fry’s time in Cambridge. When the literary journal The Harvard Advocate refused their work, Fry and classmate Lincoln Kirstein founded their own quarterly, The Hound & Horn. Fry’s intellect was matched by his love of mischief. He was fond of parties and drinking, said Orringer, and was eventually suspended for placing a “For Sale” sign on the lawn at the home of the Harvard College dean.Included in the archives are letters Fry’s father and the administration exchanged over the young man’s bad behavior, as well as pleas from some of the professors who supported his reinstatement.“There’s a wealth of material here that I could find nowhere else in the world,” said Orringer, “and that’s in addition to the amazing information that’s available through the Harvard libraries.”Two Harvard undergraduates are helping Orringer with her research, developing a detailed timeline of Fry’s stay in France and compiling information on the writers and artists he aided.Why a novel when nonfiction works about Fry’s life, as well as a 2001 TV movie — “Varian’s War” with William Hurt in the lead — are readily available? Orringer insists that fiction offers a chance at a more psychologically layered portrait.“In a novel we can proceed from a kind of inner perspective that allows the reader the most intimate access to the forces that drive us, and that make us afraid, and that animate us, to the kind of amazing work that Fry ended up doing.”Orringer’s own life has followed something of a twisting path shaped by her passion. The daughter of two doctors, she was in her sophomore year at Cornell on a pre-med track when she met “living, working writers” during a series of creative writing workshops. Though she had crafted plays as a schoolgirl and won numerous writing contests, Orringer had never considered writing “something you could study or do professionally” until that moment.When she called her parents to tell them she wanted to become a writer, she held her breath.“I assumed they were going to be horrified … after a long silence they both began to laugh and they said, ‘We wondered how long it was going to take for you to figure that out.’”Julie Orringer will deliver this year’s Julia S. Phelps Annual Lecture in the Arts and Humanities at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Radcliffe’s Knafel Center.last_img read more

Per Mertesacker wants to ‘give Mikel Arteta headaches’ with Arsenal academy

first_imgThe German spoke to Ian Wright from his home (Picture: YouTube / Ian Wright / Adidas Home Team)Arsenal academy manager Per Mertesacker says he revels in giving Mikel Arteta ‘headaches’ by producing young talent who can compete for a place in the Spaniard’s first team.Arteta’s appointment has brought a renewed focus on developing youngsters, with 18-year-old Bukayo Saka notably benefiting from that shift in approach as he made 18 Premier League appearances and registered nine assists in all competitions.The likes of Joe Willock, Reiss Nelson and Eddie Nketiah have also seen significant game time this season and Mertesacker wants to keep producing exciting talent who can challenge for first team spots and give Arteta a real selection dilemma. Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 12 May 2020 6:08 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.6kShares Comment Arteta has been keen to utilise the academy and promote youngsters (Picture: Getty)Speaking to Ian Wright on his YouTube channel for Adidas Home Team, Mertesacker explained: ‘We are really keen on giving Mikel Arteta a lot of headaches, you know.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘He must be thinking, “What’s going on in the academy?” Every year there is the potential two, three players who can step onto that court.‘But I know his standards, I know what he stands for, so I need to prepare the players really well so when they step into the first-team environment they are ready and prepared.’On his first conversation with Arteta after the Spaniard’s return to the Emirates, Mertesacker continued: ‘I mean I was really, really excited for him coming to the club.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘He was captain, I was vice-captain at that time, so I kind of learnt standing next to him in the dressing room, in meetings with the players.‘What he demanded from me, “You need to stand next to me when we speak to the players”, so you kind of get that feeling that he holds you accountable but he trusts me in a way that will be really, really special.center_img Per Mertesacker wants to ‘give Mikel Arteta headaches’ with Arsenal academy FIFA and WHO team up to give you five ways to tackle spread of coronavirusTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 1:43FullscreenFIFA and WHO team up to give you five ways to tackle spread of coronavirushttps://metro.co.uk/video/fifa-team-five-ways-tackle-spread-coronavirus-2131812/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘And now we’re getting in a rhythm and it just feels like we’re back again in the days when we played and we had the trust for each other. So I’m literally really excited for us moving forward as we have two key roles, with Edu as well.‘So I would say that we have a good chance and a good possibility to really grow from here as a club and you can almost see even in the first team, small steps but the right steps are being taken right now.’MORE: Arsenal legend Ian Wright shares sickening racist messages he’s received on InstagramMORE: How Unai Emery convinced Arsenal flop Denis Suarez to leave BarcelonaFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisementlast_img read more

Dodgers’ magic number remains 8 as Padres slow their roll

first_imgPreviousSan Diego Padres relief pitcher Kirby Yates, right, celebrates with Franmil Reyes after the Padres defeated the Dodgers 5-3 in a baseball game in Los Angeles, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 21: Enrique Hernandez #14 of the Los Angeles Dodgers robs Freddy Galvis #13 of the San Diego Padres of a hit with a diving catch to end the first inning of the game at Dodger Stadium on September 2, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers Ross Stripling throws to home plate against the San Diego Padres, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Dodgers Enrique Hernandez hits a solo home run in the third inning against the San Diego Padres, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker)Los Angeles Dodgers Enrique Hernandez rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run in the third inning against the San Diego Padres, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker)Los Angeles Dodgers Enrique Hernandez, left, is congratulated by Yasiel Puig after hitting a solo home run in the third inning against the San Diego Padres, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker)Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling grimaces after giving up a two-run home run in the fourth inning to the San Diego Padres’ Hunter Renfroe, left, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker)San Diego Padres’ Hunter Renfroe, right, celebrates with Austin Hedges after hitting a two-run home run in the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker)Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling hangs his head as he is pulled in the fourth inning against the San Diego Padres, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker)San Diego Padres’ Hunter Renfroe, right, celebrates with Austin Hedges after hitting a two-run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 21: Eric Lauer #46 of the San Diego Padres pitches in the second inning of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on September 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 21: Ross Stripling #68 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches in the first inning of the game against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on September 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 21: Francisco Mejia #27 of the San Diego Padres looks on as Enrique Hernandez #14 of the Los Angeles Dodgers crosses the plate after hitting a one run home run the third inning of the game at Dodger Stadium on September 2, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 21: Enrique Hernandez #14 is greeted by Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers after hitting a one run home run the third inning of the game against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on September 2, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 21: Enrique Hernandez #14 is greeted by Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers after hitting a one run home run the third inning of the game against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on September 2, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 21: Hunter Renfroe #10 of the San Diego Padres hits a two run home run in the fourth inning of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on September 2, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 21: Hunter Renfroe #10 gets a chest bump from Franmil Reyes #32 of the San Diego Padres after crossing the plate after hitting a two run home run in the fourth inning of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on September 2, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 21: Manager Dave Roberts #30 waits on the mound with Justin Turner #10 Yasmani Grandal #9 and David Freese #25 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during a pitching change in the fifth inning against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on September 2, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 21: Brian Dozier #6 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts as he flips his bat after flying out in the fifth inning against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on September 2, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 21: Fans look on as Matt Kemp #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reaches into foul territory to catch a ball hit by Wil Myers #4 of the San Diego Padres for an out in the fifth inning at Dodger Stadium on September 2, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)San Diego Padres starting pitcher Eric Lauer reaches to attempt to backhand a line drive hit for a double by Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner during the first inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Ross Stripling delivers to a San Diego Padres batter during the first inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)San Diego Padres starting pitcher Eric Lauer works to a Los Angeles Dodgers batter during the first inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)San Diego Padres third baseman Wil Myers throws out Los Angeles Dodgers’ Manny Machado after fielding a ground ball during the first inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado, left, catches San Diego Padres Wil Myers in a rundown between first and second on a steal-attempt during the third inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Ross Stripling, left, talks to himself while San Diego Padres’ Franmil Reyes rounds third base after Hunter Renfroe hit a two-run home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, left, removes starting pitcher Ross Stripling, with catcher Yasmani Grandal, second from left, watching during the fourth inning of the team’s baseball game against the San Diego Padres in Los Angeles, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Enrique Hernandez, front, steps on home plate next to San Diego Padres catcher Francisco Mejia after hitting a solo home run during the third inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Enrique Hernandez, left, celebrates with Justin Turner after hitting a solo home run against the San Diego Padres during the third inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)San Diego Padres’ Wil Myers watches his two-run double, which scored Freddy Galvis and Manuel Margot during the ninth inning of Friday’s game against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)San Diego Padres’ Freddy Galvis, makes a gesture upon touching home plate after hitting a solo home run, next to Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)San Diego Padres relief pitcher Kirby Yates can’t field a ground ball hit for a single by Los Angeles Dodgers’ Alex Verdugo during the ninth inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)San Diego Padres relief pitcher Kirby Yates, right, is congratulated by catcher Austin Hedges after the Padres defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3 in a baseball game in Los Angeles, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)San Diego Padres relief pitcher Kirby Yates, right, celebrates with Franmil Reyes after the Padres defeated the Dodgers 5-3 in a baseball game in Los Angeles, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 21: Enrique Hernandez #14 of the Los Angeles Dodgers robs Freddy Galvis #13 of the San Diego Padres of a hit with a diving catch to end the first inning of the game at Dodger Stadium on September 2, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)NextShow Caption1 of 33LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 21: Enrique Hernandez #14 of the Los Angeles Dodgers robs Freddy Galvis #13 of the San Diego Padres of a hit with a diving catch to end the first inning of the game at Dodger Stadium on September 2, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)ExpandLOS ANGELES — Maybe it’s just a pause to take a deep breath – you know, like right before you jump in a pool.The Dodgers’ march to clinch their sixth consecutive division title developed a familiar hitch in it Friday night as the San Diego Padres handed them a 5-3 defeat.Over the past three weeks, the Dodgers have gone 11-3 against fellow playoff contenders in the Rockies, Cardinals and Diamondbacks – but 2-5 in what Dodgers manager Dave Roberts called “trap series” against the Mets, Reds and Padres.“That’s a tough one to figure out,” Roberts said Friday. “Coming off this last series (a three-game sweep of the Rockies), I thought we were playing well, having good at-bats. Coming into tonight’s game, I thought we were ready to go. It just didn’t work out where we scored more runs than they did. But I don’t think it was a letdown situation.” The loss was definitely a slowdown situation. It was only the Dodgers’ second in their past nine games but it allowed the Colorado Rockies to move back within 1½ games of the National League West lead by beating the Arizona Diamondbacks (the Dodgers’ next opponent) and stalled the Dodgers’ magic number to clinch at eight.Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.At the same time, the Atlanta Braves won, moving closer to clinching the NL East – and moving a game ahead of the Dodgers for home-field advantage in a potential best-of-5 NL Division Series matchup.“It’s baseball,” Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner said. “They’re over there trying to win games too.”Only one team in the National League (the Miami Marlins) has managed to do that less often than the 62-92 Padres this season.“Can’t take anyone for granted. Those are big leaguers over there. They’re here for a reason,” Dodgers starting pitcher Ross Stripling said. “Obviously coming off a huge sweep of the Rockies, we used a lot of energy, that kind of stuff. But I feel like we showed up ready to play. They just beat us today. “Just can’t get too high or too low. Just go out and play Dodger baseball every day, no matter who the opponent is.”The playoff-level energy that characterized Dodger Stadium during the heroics-heavy sweep of the Rockies was tamped down Friday night as the Dodgers managed only four hits through the first seven innings.Their only run off Padres starter Eric Lauer came in the third inning when Kike’ Hernandez hit a liner into the left-field pavilion. It was the Dodgers’ 219th home run of the season (two short of matching the franchise record set last season).There wasn’t much else to work with against Lauer who is 6-7 in his rookie season – but 3-0 with a 0.92 ERA in three starts against the Dodgers.“He’s brought his best against us,” Roberts said. “Fastball, cutter in and stealing strikes with the curveball. A couple guys had some good swings off him but collectively we just can’t figure him out.”The Dodgers put two runners on with two outs in the fifth against Lauer but Manny Machado struck out. They did it again in the seventh against the Padres bullpen and a wild pitch even moved them up. But Turner flew out to left.Finally, in the eighth inning, Joc Pederson doubled with one out and scored on a two-out single by Yasiel Puig.That inning ended with the Dodgers again stranding two runners when Cody Bellinger struck out. After going 25 for 78 (.321) with runners in scoring position over their previous 10 games, the Dodgers were 2 for 9 against the Padres and stranded 10 runners.The Padres didn’t manage many base runners at all through the first seven innings. But two of their four hits in that time were home runs by Hunter Renfroe and Freddy Galvis. A two-run double by Wil Myers in the ninth put the game away for the Padres.Related Articles How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies center_img If Stripling’s move back into the rotation (bumping Alex Wood to the bullpen) is an audition for a role in a potential playoff series, it has not gone well. An All-Star based on the way he rescued the Dodgers’ rotation in the first half, Stripling has yet to recapture that form.The right-hander has made three starts now since returning from a lower back injury and rejoining the Dodgers’ rotation. He has been done after 3-1/3 innings each time. Friday night, he allowed five of the last six batters he faced to reach base – a single by Wil Myers in the third (he was picked off first) and another by Franmil Reyes to start the fourth, Renfroe’s homer two batters later and back-to-back 10-pitch at-bats that ended in walks.Over 10 innings in these three starts, Stripling has allowed six runs on 10 hits, walked three and struck out 13.“The stuff is good when he comes out,” Roberts said. “I think he’s built up. It’s just making a couple pitches that he needs to make to wipe guys out. But to come in and expect after three starts or two starts that he’s going to be locked in, that’s probably a little unfair.” Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more