One has just been sent out as a biblical dove, has found nothing green, and slips back
into the darkness of the ark -- Kafka

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Blue Background (While They're on the Red)


Walking: Rainbow [2.26.17]

"Clip" from Paris Spleen

Across the waves of roofs, I can see a woman of middle age, wrinkled, poor, who is always leaning over something, and who never goes out. Out of her face, out of her dress, out of her attitude, out of nothing almost, I have made up the woman's story, and sometimes I say it over to myself with tears.

If it had been a poor old man, I could have made up his just as easily.

And I go to bed, proud of having lived and suffered in others.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Walking: Downtown LB: 2. 25. 17

I think we figured out all the world's problems. The apple fritter helped.



Monday, February 20, 2017

Bagno Vignoni (Tuscany)

Bagno Vignoni is an Italian village and hamlet (frazione) of San Quirico d'Orcia, situated on a hill above the Val d'Orcia in Tuscany. It is a popular tourist destination and well known for its hot springs.


The ancient village of Bagno Vignoni is located in the heart of Tuscany, in the Val d'Orcia Natural Park. Thanks to the Via Francigena (which was the main route followed by pilgrims in antiquity who went to Rome), these thermal waters were found and have been used since Roman times. At the heart of the village is the "Square of sources", namely a rectangular tank, of sixteenth-century origin, which contains the original source of water that comes from the subterranean aquifer of volcanic origins. Since the Etruscans and Romans - as evidenced by the numerous archaeological finds - the spa of Bagno Vignoni was attended by eminent personalities such as Pope Pius II, Saint Catherine of Siena, Lorenzo the Magnificent and many other artists who had elected the village as their main holiday resort. Characteristic of Bagno Vignoni, besides the thermal waters, are its structure, despite numerous incidents of war, devastation and fires that involved the Val d'Orcia in the Middle Ages, remains essentially unchanged since then. From Bagno Vignoni, one can easily reach the historical centres of nearby Pienza and Montalcino, and the general Val d'Orcia area, including the Park of Mount Amiata.

[From Wikipedia:]

From Tarkovsky's "Nostalghia"

It's been a very long time. I thought the candle bit was in the dark, or at least ending in the dark. Still: unforgettable.



Pictures @ an Exhibition II: MAR(?)




Pictures @ an Exhibition I: Katia Swihart








Walking: 2.20.17

More like Bucking. With a short walk (beneath dripping sky) thrown in. Walked past a dripping Gaytonia and to the top of her favorite street: St. Joseph. Couldn't sea to the ocean, because of the gray, but with the giraffish palms in the distance I could imagine it.


"Clips" from Baudelaire's "Paris Spleen"

Haven't yet given up on FMF's Parade's End (good bits but it's not the poetry of Proust), but downloaded some Baudelaire while I was sitting at Bucks. Started rereading Paris Spleen.

Two clips:
The contemplation of Beauty is a duel where the artist screams with terror before being vanquished.


One of my friends, the most harmless dreamer that ever lived, at one time set fire to a forest, in order to ascertain, as he said, whether the flames take hold with the easiness that is commonly affirmed.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Walking: 2.19.17

Two or three big holes in the ground. An apple fritter and a water fountain. Can't beat that!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Surveying the Damage: Starbucks, Colorado Lagoon, Home






The Longest Mile: 2.17.17

Probably a record commute: 4+ hours. I guess I was lucky: didn't get stuck Honda deep in water. It took over three hours to get from school (Washington & Vermont) to 51st. We squeezed off, paralleled the 110 (all the houses in that area seemed out of power: very dark), then finally found the freeway ramp: 110 South @ Slauson. Didn't know how bad the flooding was until I got home and saw pics on the news.