“Five minutes in, a kind of electricity had taken hold in the room…Nothing was rehearsed. We were part of Durning’s present, the first recipients of this speech, the first witnesses to her thoughts. A bond formed; we were getting to know her…Durning was vigilant—not only about what was going on inside her but about what was taking place there in the room, with us. She was the embodiment of the present.” _______________________________________________________________________________________ The New Yorker