You heard it here first. DON JUAN, the most notorious womanizer in the history of Western Civilization (not even Tom Jones on his best day is a close second), is a square.
Let me 'splain.
Or better yet take a look:
I work at Harcum College in Bryn Mawr. I'm heading up a committee as part of the centennial celebration for a community engagement art project called Bears & Squares. While I am good at project management, I am not exactly known for my visual artistry. I must say that as a former schoolteacher, I can do a heck of a bulletin board. Since I have been asking students, faculty, staff, and alumni to do a Centennial Square, I thought I'd try my hand at it myself.
Basically, this is a 10 x 10 gessoed panel that I decoupaged with my book cover, tea-stained pages from the book, coffee-stained paper doilies, and little stencils.
Here's the impetus behind my design. You may know that Don Juan or Don Giovanni as he is known in the opera world is a Spanish libertine. Don Giovanni, Mozart's most acclaimed opera, is set in Seville. So, I stained one of the doiles black to look like a mantilla. Then I added some bric-a-brac which reminded me of a wrought-iron Spanish balcony:
Then I added some eighth notes since there's tons of musical references in DON JUAN IN HANKEY, PA.
It was great fun to do. Very cathartic. Months of stress melted away as I placed the elements on the prepared square and eventually stood back to admire my artistry. It I plan to do squares for each of my books and then display them at home or in my office.
So, that's the story of how DON JUAN became a square. You know what that means, don't you? Tom Jones is destined to become a square, too, which I'm certain legions of fans would say is inconceivable.