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Somewhere along the line, so it seems, someone wanted to play it
safe. "Never talk about religion, politics or women," ran the old advice,
and avoid arguments.
Doubtless a lot of arguments were avoided, as friends stayed friends
by remaining mute on heated subjects, even if conversation remained
No more. All three "banned" subjects dominate our lives, in practice
if not in thought. Religious beliefs, whatever they are. touch our lives.
Politics enmesh all of us as we become involved in the problems of war
and peace surrounding us. The Victorians may have hushed up sex. but
they couldn't abolish it.
Nowadays no subject remains hushed up, not even Pentagon secrets.
When we have feelings, we express them. When we have concerns, we
do something about them. No matter how "hot" the issue, we go at it
full tilt, as we should. Problems and controversies, we have painfully
discovered, do not go away because we refuse to face them. They often
Unfortunately, the conservative conversationalists of the past had
one good point to make, intentionally or not. It usually isn't the issue
that is "hot" as much as it is our feelings about them. We can't deal in
issues; we become personal. We don't discuss; we fight.
And we fight hard, no holds barred. Policemen, part of a system we
object to, are "pigs." In those name-calling bouts, heads get bashed. All
activist students, with or without long hair, are "Communists." The guv
down the hall who disagrees with us is "pigheaded." The person who
opposes us is an obscenity. We take our causes seriously, as we should,
and our battles are personal. Hut all too often thinking stops
name-calling begins. We forget the problem as we begin to attack each
other. Thus no solution, just enemies.
Many of the issues, of course, are personal, just as people and not
issues can be the problem. Politicians, like anyone, can be crooks and
should be opposed. People can be stupid, uninformed, lazy,
incompetent. If someone is wrong, we should be able to say so, without
Hut when we consistently look at people rather than the problem we
run into trouble. When we meet anger with anger, we add fuel to
hatred, intolerance, prejudice. Emotions are healthy. The many messes
this country has found itself in should excite our anger and our passion
to correct them. Hut not at each other, not when we've got to live
together with our mistakes and work together to correct them.
A campus like this is no different from anywhere else. Life styles
clash, values and expectations differ. We have plenty to disagree on. But
how many couples have broken apart in anger, how many roommates
have hated each other unnecessarily, over petty arguments, simply
because someone has said, in anger, something he didn't mean, or
taken, in resentment, a position he didn't want to take?
Can we hate the wrongs without hating each other? Can we work on
the problems without working over someone else? There's a whole year
ahead of problems, issues, controversial subjects. Is it possible, just
possible, that we can learn that nothing is achieved by name-calling and
I hope so. Religion, politics, and women can be fascinating subjects,
if they don't poison us first.
Inter-Varsity for Christians
by Bunky Fbgler
"Who is God?" "Jesus Christ: Insane,
Liar or God?" "How do I fit in?"
These are questions that the
Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship on the
UNC campus plan to contend with this
Inter-Varsity, a national Christian
group, is "an attempt to provide a place
for Christians to get together and to
mature spiritually," stated leader Roger
"To explore and to break out of
preconceived ideas about Christianity
this is our purpose. To stop cutting
ourselves off from the academic world, to
use our minds and to understand That's
why our topics range from statisticians to
psychologists to missionaries."
The student leaders have planned a full
slate of speakers and discussion groups,
Bible study and prayer meetings.
For Carolina Christian Fellowship, the
undergraduate group, there will be
linguist Richard Loving to speak of his
experiences in New Guinea with the
Wycliffe Translators, who translate the
Bible into native dialects. Loving will be
here at 8 p.m. on September 27.
Also, in October, the Chief Resident
Psychologist at Duke, Dr. Gordon Birch,
will lecture on the complexities of
Evan Gough, a missionary from
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the Caribbean Islands and is preparing to
leave for Australia. "Discerning God's
Will for Your Life" will be his
presentation in October.
Focus, the fellowship for graduate
students, faculty, and staff of the
University, has also planned speakers and
Its stated purpose is to expose
thinking men and women to an intelligent
presentation of historic Christianity,
leaving the ultimate question of one's
personal belief with the individual.
With this purpose in mind, there will
be committee-led supper discussion
meetings on these topics: "Problem of
Pain and Suffering," "Jesus Christ:
Insane, Liar, or God?" and "Evidence of
In December, there will be the Sixth
Annual Open Sing of Handel's "Messiah."
"Instead of listening, we sing it," Roger
Anderson, a second year graduate
student in American History, agreed that
there is some overlapping of Inter-Varsity
with other groups on campus. "However,
there are 20.000 students on this campus,
and we all have the same goal. That is, to
talk to as many of the students as
possible," he said.
The programs usually are held in the
Union. Some of them take place at the
home of faculty advisor Dr. Gordon
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This is Vlaijr.ir Naboko
ntten in Russian in 19!
Nabokov's adopted lar.gua;
. first novel.
. English is
for his l-it
several books (though he has sp
since age five), and the language
patrons have stood him in good stead.
The language has withstood and
supported the brilliant bombast and
hmit-stretching playfulness with which he
has affectionately assaulted and probed
Like the strongest yet most pliable
clay in the hands of the most violent and
imaginative sculptor. English has been
inspiring and durable m the exhaustive
semantic and formal experiments of his
peculiar, thrilling gen as. The
English-reading audience has certainly
responded enthusiastically to its linguistic
immigrant, making movies and plays of
several of his works as well as giving him
the respect and admiration he deserves.
Why then have these wonderful people
and this wonderful language been refused
the grace of this wonderful little novel for
thirty-six years? For this is the first
translation of the book available.
Mary, as its cover announces sedately,
is an unconventional love story. Blessedly
unconventional, in view of present
conventions that have forced love into
cutesy epigrams and outrageous 'novels"
greedily eaten up by the literary
coprophiles and washed down with their
own silly tears. Mary remindsassures us
that love as an artistic theme has much
quality and imagination outstanding, and
that the best man to put it in print is
The novel takes place in Berlin, where
seven Russian exiles have unhappily
relocated in a boardinghouse. There are a
grizzled landlady, two homosexual ballet
dancers, an old heart-troubled magazine
poet, a young busty secretary, an
unpleasantly friendly and halitotic
businessman named Alfyorov, and a
twenty-five year old rolling stone named
The story begins on a Sunday. On the
upcoming Saturday, two important
events are scheduled: Alfyorov's wife.
Mary, is to come from Russia, where she
has been separated from him for four
years, and Ganin is planning to leave
Berlin where he found nothing but seedy
jobs and severely boring love affairs. In a
strange nocturnal meeting the excited
Alfyorov pushily shows the disinterested
Regular prayer meetings are held on
Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Student
Wednesday night, Carolina Christian
Fellowship begins a three-part Bible
study, to meet on consecutive
Wednesdays at 7 p.m. in the Student
Union. Led by Ken Ripley, DTH "Soul
Food" columnist, the first topic in the
series is "What is God?"
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Mary's lov.ng '-.age
Nabokov is a master of anticipation.
-Ada." "King. Q-eer.. Knave." and
"Lohta" are eah largely composed of
characters slowly approaching each other
m a susper.sef ul passion of expectati n and
premonition to be sudden!) and
beautifully satisfied at the perfect moment
of the nod.
In Mary, this motif of anticipation is
By Carolina Readers
Feiffer subject of
by Kathy Koch
The social satire of Jules Feiffer.
author of "Little Murders" and "Carnal
Knowledge." will be featured in the
Carolina Readers first production of the
year. "Boy-Girl. Boy-Girl."
Academy Award winner Feiffer is
syndicated in over 40 newspapers and has
his cartoons published in such magazines
as Playboy and New Republic.
The Carolina Readers will present oral
interpretations of his humorous vignettes
on October 1 and 2 in Gerrard Hall. In a
cross-section of Feiffer's cartoons,
"Boy-Girl. Boy-Girl" offers a taste of
Feiffer's satiric view of male-female
The Carolina Readers, formed under
the direction of Dr. H. D. Doll of the
UNC Speech Department, offers students
a chance to get involved in all aspects of
production from beginning to end. In Dr.
Doll's words, "People join because they
like to perform. I'm only there to
The group plans to include Edith
Wharton's "Roman Fever" and Flannel
O'Connor's "A Good Man Is Hard to
Find" in their presentations for this year.
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spends each da torn between, two
anticipations h.s mem cry -".iff takes him
thro-th th? per.od hen. after his f.rst
sight of Vary at age sixteen . he famed
he is no 'es.s eager in h.s a:t for he:
act-al arr: a! On Thursday hf finishes his
mfmor.es of Mary up to the pom; of his
last phsica! contact u:h her. on Fndav
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between this pom and thf.r last
communication in mail: and on Saturda
he goes to meet her in advance of
Alfyorov. At the tram station where he
wnts. he rf alines sicker.mglv that through
his exhaustive time defeating affair with
her i e m o rv i a f
love, there is no room for the woman He
leaves, unseen, hv Marv, who never
A Halloween program of ghost stones, to
be staged in Forest Theatre son;e
weekend midnight, and an evening ot
folklore and folksongs are also m their
plans for the year.
The Readers had a successful season
last year with suh productions as "love
Story," "The Andersonville Trial." "The
Women." and "For My People."
The first meeting of the Carolina
Readers will be Tuesday, Sept. 14 at 4
p.m. in 103 Bmgham. It is open to all
students, faculty and townspeople
To allow as many people as possible to
attend the recital, tonight's first concert
of the Tuesday livening Concert Series,
sponsored by the Music Department, w ill
be presented in two performances instead
The recital, by Dr. Rudolph Kremer,
chairman of the Music Department's
Org3n Division, will be held at 7:30 and W
p.m. in Hill Hall and not at 8 p.m. as
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NiboKOv i simp'.v fun to read. Mjr
rich m mv:ge-itirg draughts from his
immenstf ti.ent From scene-sttmg t
character;:ation he conwientiouslv j
writer and never a larv expositor This
first-nov f I. vkr.ttfn with, thf relaxed
pleasure of a confident ourg man w-.th
all time before him to write wb.itever hf
wants, is gracffu'.lv fmpt of the ten-c
se . t -i n d u e n ce and urgent ironv thit
detracted from "Xda." his Litest novel
This long work seemed to
unfortunate'.; inf.uencf J bv an old mar."s
nervous c ompu'.sion to get ever,
smattf ring of genius even mildlv relfv j-
into whit hf feared could be his fmal
:sted m readme
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some of the technical aspects ot
production. Ir-out dates for "Bo-G:rl.
Box-Girl" will be this Wednesday and
Thursday night from -10 p m m 10'
The Carolina Readers is or.e of tw.-
readers groups on campus and in not to re
confused with Mrs Will, am llardv"s
group, the INC Readers. Mrs. Hardy's
group is composed of her Speech Ml
class and will begin this year's season jn
A shift m auditoriums necessitated t!.-c
change m schedule.
Kremer will be playing a mostly
modern program, including works by
Lubeck and Krenek, on the department's
fine reproduction baroque organ.
Kremer s concert is the first of 10
concerts by different musicians and
musical organizations Scheduled by the
department to perform this semester
Concerts normally will begin at S p.m.
The concerts are free to the public.
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