The Almond Tree Project Lecture

The Almond Tree Project Lecture

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Disappointed

Utica, NY

#1 Apr 23, 2013
I have never in my life left an event early and am a firm believer in giving the benefit of the doubt but not even I could stand to sit in a mostly empty theater and listen to the lecture this evening. I was under the impression it would be a well thought out speech on the book as well as a discussion on peace in Palestine. I was sadly mistaken. The presentation was given by the author (Michelle Corasanti) and was nothing more than her life story. I was honestly disappointed and taken back. She is nothing more than a narcissistic egotistical woman whose only concern was putting herself (and her money) on display instead of her novel. Her appearance was dreadful, more plastic than person. My best explanation would be "The Bride of Frankenstein" personified. I apparently wasn't alone in my dismay as well as someone at one point stood and shouted "I thought this was going to be a talk about peace in Palestine!" then escorted themselves out continuously expressing their distaste. I have enjoyed many a performance at The Stanley Theater over the years but why the board would allow such an atrocity this evening is beyond me. I will continue to support the theater and their events but tonight I leave with a bad taste.

Level 9

Since: Jun 10

Location hidden

#2 Apr 23, 2013
And then you come to Topix... You are a glutton for punishment.
Typical

Worcester, MA

#3 Apr 23, 2013
She puts her husband's money where her mouth is. Another upstate yenta that has no esteem or identity outside of what get husband buys her.

I liked the book the first time I read it. It was called The Kite Runner.
hank hill

Washington, DC

#4 Apr 23, 2013
Is she from Caliwhornia? If so theres the problem. Whole damn states filled with shallow idiots.

There will never be peace within the middle east, anywhere. It just will never happen, it does give me a decent chuckle though to think of how they live and how they don't have a pot to piss in or a roof over their head capable of providing some sort of protection but they seem to have no problem finding enough resources to keep building bombs to blow each other up. I know they live a simple life and don't begrudge them for that, but at no point has it ever occured to any of them that blowing up your village or your neighboring village really doesn't do anyone a whole lot of good?

Level 8

Since: Jul 12

Brooklyn, NY

#5 Apr 23, 2013
Disappointed wrote:
I have never in my life left an event early and am a firm believer in giving the benefit of the doubt but not even I could stand to sit in a mostly empty theater and listen to the lecture this evening. I was under the impression it would be a well thought out speech on the book as well as a discussion on peace in Palestine. I was sadly mistaken. The presentation was given by the author (Michelle Corasanti) and was nothing more than her life story. I was honestly disappointed and taken back. She is nothing more than a narcissistic egotistical woman whose only concern was putting herself (and her money) on display instead of her novel. Her appearance was dreadful, more plastic than person. My best explanation would be "The Bride of Frankenstein" personified. I apparently wasn't alone in my dismay as well as someone at one point stood and shouted "I thought this was going to be a talk about peace in Palestine!" then escorted themselves out continuously expressing their distaste. I have enjoyed many a performance at The Stanley Theater over the years but why the board would allow such an atrocity this evening is beyond me. I will continue to support the theater and their events but tonight I leave with a bad taste.
Wow pretty bad. But it can't be as boring as listening to Cliffy rant and talk about hockey. That as boring as it gets.

Level 7

Since: Apr 13

Utica, NY

#6 Apr 24, 2013
Typical wrote:
She puts her husband's money where her mouth is. Another upstate yenta that has no esteem or identity outside of what get husband buys her.
I liked the book the first time I read it. It was called The Kite Runner.
I do too!
Disappointed

Utica, NY

#7 Apr 24, 2013
I fully understand what this site can do and turn into quickly. Unfortunately it is the only community topic board that will get a response. People of all walks of life come on here and either post or read. I was looking for anyone else's opinion on the night.
Typical

Baltimore, MD

#8 Apr 24, 2013
The FIrst from lainey wrote:
<quoted text>
I do too!
Find your own identity. It makes life so much more worth living.
Wow

Utica, NY

#9 Apr 24, 2013
Typical wrote:
She puts her husband's money where her mouth is. Another upstate yenta that has no esteem or identity outside of what get husband buys her.
I liked the book the first time I read it. It was called The Kite Runner.
BAZINGA!

Level 9

Since: Jun 10

Location hidden

#10 Apr 24, 2013
hank hill wrote:
Is she from Caliwhornia? If so theres the problem. Whole damn states filled with shallow idiots.
There will never be peace within the middle east, anywhere. It just will never happen, it does give me a decent chuckle though to think of how they live and how they don't have a pot to piss in or a roof over their head capable of providing some sort of protection but they seem to have no problem finding enough resources to keep building bombs to blow each other up. I know they live a simple life and don't begrudge them for that, but at no point has it ever occured to any of them that blowing up your village or your neighboring village really doesn't do anyone a whole lot of good?
WE should bow up all of their villages,and take the extreme Islamic idiots with them.
hank hill

Boyertown, PA

#11 Apr 25, 2013
KY WELLER wrote:
<quoted text> WE should bow up all of their villages,and take the extreme Islamic idiots with them.
that'll never happen, we wouldnt want to offend anyone would we? Hell no, thats why kids cant say the pledge anymore but we'll go out of our way for sundown prayers...I forget what they call them. And anything else to accomodate anyone not born in this country while anyone born here gets their rights and beliefs pushed aside. Its only a matter of time before all churches are mandated to be closed because they offend some psychotic muslim who thinks blowing up ppl will get him 72 virgins or something equally idiotic.
simple minds

New York, NY

#12 Apr 25, 2013
I commend Michelle for this project despite all other criticisms voiced which are undoubtedly personal. The fact that she put this project together suggests that she's motivated above and beyond what's left here. She dove into the fire by even bothering to let Uticans in on the project. My advice, skip Utica. She will get the last laugh when her husband says enough is enough New York and Conmed leaves. Just wait...it will inevitably happen in due time.
Goose bumps

Utica, NY

#13 Apr 25, 2013
I read the book and thought it was great. A rags to riches story. Very interesting. I'm sure it has angered many Jews and I can see why, she wrote the book as she seesi. It's too bad that people on topix are so hurtful. She comes from a beautiful and loving family. Some things we have to sit thru and learn.I hope it becomes a movie, it was that good!!!!
went to it

Utica, NY

#14 Apr 25, 2013
the book was okay. very interesting approach, and i was definitely interested in hearing her talk about her book, especially since she's from the area.

too bad that didn't happen. if it weren't a fundraiser, i would have asked for my $20 back. sure- money can buy you a place on the stage at the stanley, but it won't keep you from looking like a complete fool once you're up there! save the embarrassment, michelle, kill the almond tree project now.
Disappointed

Broad Brook, CT

#16 Apr 26, 2013
simple minds wrote:
I commend Michelle for this project despite all other criticisms voiced which are undoubtedly personal. The fact that she put this project together suggests that she's motivated above and beyond what's left here. She dove into the fire by even bothering to let Uticans in on the project. My advice, skip Utica. She will get the last laugh when her husband says enough is enough New York and Conmed leaves. Just wait...it will inevitably happen in due time.


Your assumption isn't correct I do not know nor have ever met Michelle and find it quite funny how someone is quick to defend. I did not in anyway mock the book itself as I thought it was a decent read but yet gave my opinion and distaste for the lack luster speech and presentation given. This is Utica and while I commend her efforts to portray herself as having a rough upbringing was laughable. Did you even attend the event? Or are you a friend that is supporting without knowledge of the evening? My guess is the latter of the two.
Cohen

Worcester, MA

#17 Apr 26, 2013
She did not have a rough upbringing. Both her mother and father a very living generous people . It's they who made it possible for her to experience life abroad and meet the people who inspired the characters in get book. As a Jew, I don't agree with her opinion of the Middle East and the Jewish Palestinian problem.

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