Guest Picks: Ursula von Rydingsvard

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Ursula von Rydingsvard was on the Leonard Lopate Show to talk about her sculpture, "Ona," which is permanently installed in the plaza at the Barclays Center. She also told us what she's been reading and listening to recently. (We do like her taste in radio stations...)


What have you read or seen over the past year (book, play, film, etc...) that moved or surprised you?
         Just finished James Joyce's "The Dubliners," written by him when he was in his early twenties and was thought to be not fit to publish, in part because it is made up of short stories. It is full of language, characters so specific to that part of Ireland and specific to the varied economic strata of that time and that geographic setting.
What are you listening to right now?
         Yep, WNYC...I drive to and from my studio--45 minutes each way during which time I get to listen to 93.9. Also, I have the same station on while doing my morning treadmill.
What's the last great book you read?
         Rainer Maria Rilke's "Duino Elegies"
What's one thing you're a fan of that people might not expect?
         Sweeping my studio floor--no mean feat as it is huge.
         I was deeply moved by seeing marching (in a parade) Polish men and women dressed in their own WWII uniforms...several years ago on Fifth Avenue.
What's your favorite comfort food?
         My own-made chicken soup broth with pastini.