Modern Love

25 Jul

Ross and I had a moment to talk together last night without a five year old loudly interrupting. It was past my bedtime, but it felt so good to be talking to him without children running about or needing anything, so I stayed up. He was looking at some random link about David Bowie’s art collection. He wasn’t too impressed, and mentioned something about a bunch of “modern” stuff. I then made the necessary joke asking “anything titled, ‘Modern Love?'” and he sort of laughed and said “No”. Next thing I know, he’s pulling up this old clip:

 

Does it remind you of this?

Is this “Frances Ha” montage a reference or a homage to Carax? A lazy attempt at a homage? A rip-off? Appropriation?

We discussed these things. I do love watching the “Mauvais Sang” montage a lot more than the short “Frances Ha” one. Denis Lavant is alluring and weird, and so wild. And he’s really doing all that running and cavorting; there’s only one cut in there. That’s about how deep my film analysis goes. Ross had more interesting thoughts on the matter.

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Crayon Gems

13 Jul

When it’s hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk– make some crayons instead!

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Happy 4th of July

6 Jul

Here we are and it’s 2016! Happy 4th of July, or as an old restaurateur friend used to say, “Happy Hot dog Day”. I will say, I did NOT eat a hot dog on Monday. I ate some ‘cue though, and slaw, some lima bean tomato salad, a cheesy rice casserole dish, some lime cookies, some blueberry pie… okay, I may have eaten too much. We were in Fayetteville visiting Ross’ family. All nine aunts and three brothers were there, with many children, grand-children, cousins, etc., etc. Sue had a great time. The kids were running around like wild little beings, sneaking lots of candy out of the candy jar… as Sue told me later, “I snuck the most candy”. I love it when children innocently tell you about the things that they are sneaking.

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Magic Wands

3 May

IMG_0858 IMG_0859Here we have 5 magic wands. We made these from Amy Karol’s workshop on Creative Bug. It took 3 weeks, or something crazy, to complete. A week of gathering materials, on my part. A day of making the newspaper wand form, with magical incantations included. Roughly soon after, we did the fun part of papier maché gluing which went fairly well, as we did it outside. The 3 year-old boy we watch was so busy collecting bugs, I made his wand form for him. It was probably a week later that we painted the wands. Sue and I covered them with a Mod Podge finish later that night. We were on vacation for a week, and when we got back, we finally finished the wands with jewels, feathers, and ribbons.  The kids were great about doing the project in parts. They didn’t lose interest, or bug me about finishing them up. From left to right here, we have the All-Purpose Magic Wand, the Non-Whapping Wand (for the 17-month old boy), the Super Sweet wand (yes, that would be my mom wand), the Frozen Wand, and the Cinderella Wand. Time to start making some magic!

Katherine Anne Porter

9 Apr

I’ll be honest, I’ve finished my book of Katherine Anne Porter stories, and now I feel lost. What do I pick up next? Who can provide me with such throbbing, rich gems as a Katherine Anne short story?? How do I go on without more?!? This last question is fairly dramatic, and actually rhetorical. If you could see my “to-read” list, you would understand… but it does give you a sense of how I feel now that I have read and finished “The Leaning Tower”, the last story in my edition.

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I started these stories in September and have been reading them, off and on, with much pleasure since then. I finished them today! With “Holiday” being the first I read (well, “Flowering Judas” was the one that got me started), and finishing with “Leaning Tower”, which is placed in Berlin, in the ’30’s. What marvelous, stylized, dark and moody prose. I love Katherine’s stories, fiercely. I haven’t loved a short story writer so much since O’Connor! It’s true. She reminds me of O’Connor in that her characters are almost always unsavory- people you would not want to know. Mean spirited, narrow minded, down-and-out, weird, self-centered, yet she brings you into their world, and their humanity. In many of her stories, there is no redemption for her characters, quite the opposite actually, but there is redemption in the humanity that she paints with her punctuated prose. Some standouts include: “Leaning Tower”, “Pale Horse, Pale Rider”, “Flowering Judas”, “A Day’s Work”, “The Old Order”. She has a novel too, “Ship of Fools” and I suppose I will need to read that as well so I don’t feel lost without my Katherine to read nights. I hope I am not disappointed, as with “Wise Blood”.

Here is an excerpt from “Old Mortality”: “She was a spirited-looking young woman, with dark curly hair cropped and parted on the side, a short oval face with straight eyebrows, and a large curved mouth. A round white collar rose from the neck of her tightly buttoned black basque, and round white cuffs set off lazy hands with dimples in them, lying at ease in the folds of her flounced skirt which gathered around to a bustle. She sat thus, forever in the pose of being photographed, a motionless image in her dark walnut frame with silver oak leaves in the corners, her smiling gray eyes following one about the room. It was a reckless indifferent smile, rather disturbing to her nieces Maria and Miranda. Quite often they wondered why every older person who looked at the picture said, “How lovely”; and why everyone who had known her thought her so beautiful and charming.”

 

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