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The East Hampton Star. (East Hampton, N.Y.) 1885-current, February 01, 1979, Image 20

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II—EIGHT THE EAST HAMPTON STAR, EAST HAMPTON, N.Y., FEBRUARY 1,1979 The Star Talks To Yvonne and William Tarr Sculpture, Magic, and Cooking Jack Graves Since her sculptor husband was also a magician, Yvonne Tarr, who has writ­ ten almost a score of cookbooks, was asked at their Springs home the other day if she considered cooking “mag­ ical.” Mrs. Tarr, a slim, striking blonde, said that while the connection hadn’t occurred to her, it was food for thought. “There is a magic trick,” said Will­ iam Tarr, “called ‘The Dove Pan.’ You break two eggs, remove the cover, and there’s a big cake.” “I haven’t mastered that one yet,” she smiled, offering a plate of papaya slices, with the pungent seeds. “Yvonne is an artist,” said the soft- spoken, bearded Mr. Tarr, whose powerful steel sculptures can be found outdoors in New York City — a Martin Luther King Jr. memorial, 120 feet in girth, is at 66th Street and Amsterdam Avenue, a 40-foot-tall totem of letters and numbers, commissioned for P.S. 36, is at Amsterdam and 123rd, and a “Sopwith Camel” can be found atop 77 Water Street. “She’s the greatest im- proptu chef I know, bar none. Her food not only tastes good, but looks good. It's a great skill.” Author Too Mrs. Tarr wrote plays (a musical, “Decameron,” for which she did the book and lyrics, and a drama, “Clap Hands Till Daddy Comes Home”) be­ fore she began writing cookbooks in 1965. The switch followed a dinner at which the publisher, Lyle Stuart, was a last-minute guest. “Playwriting is masochistic,” she said. “A director can change your play to fit his vision. A novel, on the other hand, is basically your work. I’m work­ ing on two novels now. One is personal, very serious. One is telling a story, more commercial. I go back and forth between them, depending on what mood I’m in.” Getting back to Mr. Stuart — she had cooked for ten. His group made 14. Mrs. Tarr put something together fast — scallops with champagne sauce, as she remembers it — and the publisher, impressed, suggested a cookbook, which became “Ten-Minute Gourmet,” the first of 17 or 18 cookbooks, at last count, including ones about Cuisinart cooking, “wholesome” foods, squashes, wines, soups and breads. Only Superb “My mother was a great cook, but she was intimidating,” said Mrs. Tarr, answering a question. “She didn’t teach me anything. I found out later that I had a natural talent. I can’t un­ derstand why people consider it dif­ ficult.” “I want food to be superb, anything less is not acceptable. I do whatever I have to do. Scallops take two to three minutes, but if what I’m making takes 24 hours, I’m willing to take 24 hours.” “I have nothing to do with cooking,” observed Mr. Tarr. “I’m basically a consumer.” “It’s only recently that I’ve gotten him to pour drinks,” she quipped. “I am appreciative,” he went on. “Her food has a certain quality, a paint­ erliness. If it’s a lettuce leaf, it’s sen­ sitive, beautiful. That’s what I’m awed by.” “It’s important to do your best,” she continued. “No matter what it is — writing, cooking, serving, painting.. . . Anything I do, I try to do my best.” Did he agree? “Oh yeah, life is too short to do otherwise. I feel you should make a supreme effort.” A Laborer “We’ve even given up the New York Times,” she said, with a smile, “be­ cause we don’t have the time to read it and do to the best of our abilities the things we do.\ “I’m basically a welder, a laborer, a pounder of steel,” said Mr. Tarr, in reply to a question. “I started as a painter, but I’ve been a sculptor since 1958. I’m more intrigued by sculpture than by painting. There’s nothing ab­ stract about sculpture; it’s a solid en­ tity, more rewarding than painting.” “And it takes years to get it to­ gether . . . buying the material, which is costly, getting it assembled. The de­ mands are much greater for a sculptor, certainly the physical demands.\ “I do things on a large scale,” he ex­ plained. “The King piece took three and a half years to make. I stayed on the site six months putting it to­ gether.” “There are easier ways to make a living than banging away at a piece of steel. You do it for a deeper reason. Artists don’t understand their compul­ sion; they just do it.” “They couldn’t stand not to do it,” Mrs. Tarr added. Seek To Transcend “Art is truth, really,” her husband observed. “You seek to produce some­ thing that transcends all else, that is timeless, that has no geographic boundaries, that’s valid any place, any­ where, under any circumstances.” Asked if he named his pieces, Mr. Tarr said, with a laugh, “No, I’m not that imaginative. It took me three weeks to name our dog, and then the only name I could think of was Rex.” Answering another question, Mr. Tarr said, “Great magicians have’the same dedication as great artists. Magic is so rewarding on many levels. I’m like a broken record on the subject.” ' “Don’t remind him to do any magic tricks,” said Mrs. Tarr. \I’m most interested in sleight of hand,” he said, going to fetch a pack of cards. “It’s practice,” he mused, back at the table, cutting the cards cleverly, this way and that, with one hand. “My hands have done a lot of rough work, they’re calloused. I don’t have the deli­ cacy I should have.” Primitive Pursuit Asked why he took up magic as a child, Mr. Tarr replied, “I’ve tried to analyze it, but I’m not so sure I know the answer. Magic gives a kid a feeling starwords By Val Schaffner Solution Next Week Across I. Tower 6. Give birth II. Hughes-CIA Explorer 12. Capers 14. Vietnamese hero 15. Mystic rock pile 17. Western city (abr.) 18. CIA’s parent 20. Transactions 21. Receptacle 22. Buy things 24. Zero 25. Voucher 26. Menace 28. Sandy place 30. Jest 31. Sought office 32. Mystic commune 35. Pet 38. So 39. Wooly female 41. Network 42. Neale or Gleason 43. Tempest 45. God in Italy 46. One 47. Specter 49. Train (abr.) 50. Rescind 52\. Beginning 54. Hits 55. Abolishes Down 1. Wallow 2. Italian river 3. Devil 4. Light 5. Straying 6. Transportation in 28 across 7. Cuckoos 8. British Inc. 9. Roman six 10. Pastry 11. Shade 13. Bearded delivery man 16. Pugilist 19. Cereal plant 21. Risked 23. Fruit 25. Pit 2 7 . ------- Khan 29. Amag. org. 32. Perfume 3 3 . ------------ For All 34. Elements 35. Poet Thomas ---------------- 36. Underworld god 37. Barb 40. Prevailed 43. Fraud 44. Memento ---------- 47. Princess’s irritant 48. Combination 51. Criminal code (abr.) 53. Appliance co. Last Week’s Solution of omnipotence, I suppose. Other kids are in awe of you, they’re intrigued. You feel different, not necessarily sup­ erior, but different.\ “It’s a tradition that goes back to the very beginnings of time, to lightning and thunder. It’s very basic, very prim­ itive. Why else do magicians give up their wives, families, and professions to sequester themselves with a deck of cards?” Mr. Tarr, who during the past four years has written several popular books on the subject (“101 Easy-to- Learn Classic Magic Tricks,” “Now You See It, Now You Don’t!”), said that his interest had become revived after a 20-year hiatus. “I was astounded. Whole new principles had grown up since I’d been away from it. It was like going from a Model A Ford to walking on the moon.” “All great magicians started as kids,” he went on. “The patriarch of them all, Dai Vernon, is 84. He’s been at it for 79 years.” Garden's Yield Looking out the sliding glass door at a squirrel munching seeds on their deck, and beyond, to a barn (his studio), meadow, and Accabonac Creek, Mr. Tarr observed, “We’ve become hooked on the view. We’re view freaks.” “I hate to admit I love the winters,” said Mrs. Tarr, in reply to a question. “We’ve been here permanently for three years, and the last two winters have been bad ones. I don’t think it can get much worse.” “We’re still eating out of the gar­ den,” she volunteered. “Collard greens, kale, parsnips, ‘winter melons’ . . . last winter, we dug under the snow for Brussells sprouts.” Did they catch their own fish? “We eat fish,” she replied, “but, unfortu­ nately, there’s not enough time to do it ourselves. We’ve gathered scallops and clams, at times, but you either do that or something else.” Jack Graves SURROGATE’S COURT: SUFFOLK COUNTY CITATION The People of the State of New York File No. 345-A-1977 By the Grace of God Free and Independent TO; BOSTON OLD COLONY EDWARD HENRY BENNETT, JR. and BERNICE BENNETT, being the son and daughter of decedent, and if dead having predeceased decedent, their issue, if any; or if dead having survived decedent, their distributees, successors and assigns and any other persons who might have an interest in the estate of EDWARD HENRY BENNETT, deceased, as distributees or otherwise, all of whose names, whereabouts and addresses are un­ known and cannot be ascertained with due diligence. A petition having been duly filed by Ila J. Bennett who is domiciled at 105-76 Oak View Highway, East Hamp­ ton, New York 11937. YOU ARE HEREBY CITED TO SHOW CAUSE before the Surrogate’s Court, Suffolk County, at the County Center, Riverhead, in the County of Suffolk, New York, on February 13, 1979 at 9:30 o’clock in the forenoon of that day why the account of proceed­ ings of Ila J. Bennett as Administratrix of the estate of Edward Henry Ben­ nett, deceased, should not be judicially settled. Dated, Attested and Sealed De­ cember 29, 1978. HON. ERNEST L. SIGNORELLI, Surrogate Robert J. Cimino, Chief Clerk Name of Attorney: LEONARD I. ACKERMAN, ESQ. Tel. No. (516) 324-3942. Address of Attorney: 34 Pantigo Road, East Hampton, New York 11937. Note: This citation is served upon you as required by law. You are not obliged to appear in person. If you fail to appear it will be assumed that you do not object to the relief requested. You have a right to have an attorney- at-law appear for you. 19-4

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