Scott Cawelti

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Scott Cawelti was born and raised in Cedar Falls, Iowa. He taught writing, film, and literature at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) from 1968-2008, and has written regular opinion columns and reviews for the Waterloo / Cedar Falls Courier since the late 1970s.  He played for years in a folk duo with Robert James Waller and still regularly performs as a singer/guitarist/songwriter. Scott continues to teach as an adjunct instructor at UNI.



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  • Day 19: Lynda Coffin At MedKitchen

    • Posted on Oct 22, 2013 by Scott Cawelti
    Monday, 10-20
    Day 19 of I.O.W.A. in London 

    Working day yesterday--most of the morning and early afternoon on a Courier column for Sunday, then rehearsed for an upcoming gig, then over to "MedKitchen" for an interview with Lynda Coffin, another former student of Geoffrey Gilbert's.  Sue Milan, a friend and colleague of Lynda's, also came and contributed.  We did interview Sue on video a couple of days ago, so Lynda was the focus of this interview.  

    Angeleita recorded Lynda on with her digitial Zoom recorder, so no video equipment needed. Made it easy for me.  I  listened, and pondered the accumulating information she's gathering from all these Gilbert students.  A picture of the celebrated and much-loved respected teacher is emerging.  

    Here are the three women flutists--actually one flutist and two flautists--last night at Medkitchen:  

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  • Day 18: British Library and Ping Pong Dim Sum

    • Posted on Oct 21, 2013 by Scott Cawelti
    I.O.W.A in London:  Sunday, October 21
    Day 18

    Went to the British Library, then took in a flute recital at the Royal Academy of music, followed by dinner with Wibb and Michie Bennet at "Ping Pong," a Chinese "Dim Sum" restaurant.  

    At the entrance to the British Library, there's an enormous sculpture of Sir Isaac Newton "measuring the world," as they say.  It's kind of a surreal modern version of a renaissance scientist, and quite striking: 

    And with Angeleita:   

    The British Library itself needs a whole day, and we only had an hour, so gave it only a quick look, sorry to say.  We spent most of it in "Treasures of the British Library" exhibit room.  Here they house some of the most precious documents imaginable:  Shakespeare's first folio--the first collected edition of his plays.  The Magna Carta, the original charter from 1215 that forced King John to pay attention to law instead of his own raw power.  That's the great-father of our own constitution, by the way. 

    And I was struck by the preservation of the first document preserved in English--or very Olde English--written in 679, and there for all to see.  Basically it's an ancient king's will--giving at least some of his possessions to a monastery to ease his conscience. 

    Also on display was an actual manuscript of "The Messiah," with Handel's scribblings, and some of Beethoven and Mozart's handwritten musical manuscripts.  Breathtaking to see them so well preserved for literally centuries.   

    Then we trekked to the Royal Academy of Music for a flute recital by Emily Beynon, principal flutist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam. This concert was sponsored by the British Flute Society, and well attended--at least 100 people showed to listen to some very challenging new flute pieces.  Incidentally, Ms. Beynon was born in Wales, and we both agreed is a dead ringer for Catherine Zeta-Jones, another welsh woman. She's among the world's virtuoso concert flautists.   

    We took dinner with William Bennett--Wibb---his wife Michie, and two of Wibb's students. Here we are at the "Ping Pong," a Chinese dim sum restaurant. "Dim sum" amounts to Chinese tapas--small servings shared with everyone.  Some of the best food we've had in London, and reasonably priced for a change. 

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