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Apr. 1st, 2009


The Lost Hotels of Paris

The Lord gives everything and charges
by taking it back. What a bargain.
Like being young for a while. We are
allowed to visit hearts of women,
to go into their bodies so we feel
no longer alone. We are permitted
romantic love with its bounty and half-life
of two years. It is right to mourn
for the small hotels of Paris that used to be
when we used to be. My mansard looking
down on Notre Dame every morning is gone,
and me listening to the bell at night.
Venice is no more. The best Greek islands
have drowned in acceleration. But it's the having
not the keeping that is the treasure.
Ginsberg came to my house one afternoon
and said he was giving up poetry
because it told lies, that language distorts.
I agreed, but asked what we have
that gets it right even that much
We look up at the stars and they are
not there. We see the memory
of when they were, once upon a time.
And that too is more than enough.
- Jack Gilbert

Feb. 26th, 2009


Five things I've gotten from Rachael

Today is meme day. impishredhead wants me to talk about these thing...

1. Comment to this post and I will give you 5 subjects/things I associate you with.
2. Then post this in your LJ and elaborate on the subjects given.

And here they are!Collapse )

Oh, completely unrelatedly, I may have a present for some bunnies...

Dec. 21st, 2008


When the Trickster Starts a-Pokin'...

Having seen both Gogol Bordello and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds in the space of a month, I've come to the conclusion that a truly spectacular band requires two important elements.

1. A Really Big Moustache

Nick Cave

Eugene Hutz

2. A Crazy Violinist

Warren Ellis


So obviously any of you out there with a band that doesn't have a very big moustache and a crazy fiddler in it is just going to have to try harder. And no, a beard isn't good enough!

Dec. 11th, 2008


The Year in a Meme.

I haven't written very much here this year. So here's a meme instead.

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Nov. 10th, 2008


That would be a world gone topsy-turvy...

I've just had a phone call from my very drunk Mother, who is currently at home in Peebles with my very drunk Father.

One of the things Mother said on the phone was that I shouldn't phone her on her landline just now, because there's a crossed line and all her calls go somewhere else. In a novel, that would be a wonderful piece of symbolism.

I have no idea what's going on anymore.

Oct. 23rd, 2008


Slightly boggled...

My parents divorced sixteen years ago. The only time I've seen both of them together since then was at my graduation, which was strained, to say the least.

When Dan and I visited my Dad at the weekend (where he mentioned that he'd been in hospital, but hadn't bothered letting us know at the time because 'it was only a mild heart attack') he asked if I could check the divorce date with Mum because he needed it for a pension document. So when we saw Mother last night I dutifully asked. Mother's just became unemployed once more after an altercation at work where she swore at a pregnant woman, and she really hates not working so she said that she'd look it up, and phone Dad herself to let him know.

The upshot of all this is that my father is taking my mother out to lunch on Monday.

It's all very weird.

Oct. 22nd, 2008


Good Taste!

A meme from poor, coughing sakirmo, which seems quite appropriate as I'm currently filling in an application for a gallery job, which I probably don't have a hope in hell of getting as it's stretching things a bit to class anatomy as 'an arts-related subject' (even though my engineer ex-flatmate thought that biology wasn't a proper science).

Your result for What Your Taste in Art Says About You Test...

Simple, Progressive, and Sensual

Ukiyo-e (浮世絵, Ukiyo-e), "pictures of the floating world", is a genre of Japaneseand paintings produced between the 17th and the 20th centuries. it mostly featured landscapes, historic tales, theatre, and pleasure. Ukiyo is a rather impetuous urban culture that has bloomed in popularity. Although the Japanese were more strict and had many prohibitions it did not affect the rising merchant class and therefore became a floating art form that did not bind itself to the normal ideals of society.

People that chose Ukiyo-e art tend to be more simplistic yet elegant. They don't care much about new style but are comfortable in creating their own. They like the idea of living for the moment and enjoy giving and receiving pleasure. They may be more agreeable than other people and do not like to argue. They do not mind following traditions but are not afraid to move forward to experience other ideas in life. They tend to enjoy nature and the outdoors. They do not mind being more adventurous in their sexual experiences. They enjoy being popular and like being noticed. They have their own unique style of dress and of presenting themselves. They may also tend to be more business oriented or at the very least interested in money making adventures. They might make good entrepreneurs. They are progressive and adaptable.

Take What Your Taste in Art Says About You Test at HelloQuizzy

Oct. 17th, 2008


A Home at the End of the World, Michael Cunningham

As the salesman worked through his spiel, a lender woman walked by, carrying twins in a knapsack-like contraption. She was less than beautiful, with shaggy matte brown hair, and a sharp, shrewd little chin. Her eyes – her whole body – looked tired in a profound, almost permanent way, as if no amount of rest would ever quite restore her. Still, she possessed a sure-footed self-assurance that lent weight to the bright aisle she walked in search of the correct yard tool. Her twins stared with puzzled absorption at the empty air directly in front of them. As she made her way along the aisle, I thought of how firmly anchored her life must be, for all its domestic hardship. A year from today, her twins would be walking and speaking. A year from today she would know exactly how much time had passed.

Aug. 19th, 2008


Public Service Announcement for the Citizens of Edinburgh

Kristin Hersh is doing a show called 'Paradoxical Undressing' at St Cecilia's Hall on the Cowgate until the 23rd. It's a mixture of music, spoken word and film, and it's brilliant, intense stuff to give you the shivers. An amazing venue too - an oval room with chandeliers, and a display of old instruments downstairs to look at before you go in. There were only 20 people there last night.

My other festival recommendation is 'Feast of the Ants', a Japanese play using Noh and other elements of traditional Japanese theatre. You'd have to see it to understand.

May. 15th, 2008



Tomorrow we go to Peru. I think I'm all ready. Our training has gone well, including our triumphant climb of Ben Nevis last Monday. I now have calves of steel! So hopefully I should manage the Inca Trail, though there is that pesky little problem of altitude sickness to worry about... apparently our hotel in Cuzco serves free hot beberages [sic], including coca tea - apparently the best thing for it. I told my mum that, and she asked if we would be getting some in advance to take with us. I had to explain that that's not really legal.

I'm a wee bit excited. Even though we have a night sleeping in Heathrow airport to look forward to (not terminal 5, I might add!). And the book I'm planning on taking with me to read possibly doesn't have the best title...

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