Yellow 2: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

The theme this week on The Daily Post Photo Challenge is the color YELLOW.

Self stumbled across this beauty parlor, right across the street from Mitchell’s Ice Cream in San Francisco. They specialize in cutting children’s hair.

Interior, Barber Shop, San Francisco

Interior, Barber Shop, San Francisco

Way to re-cycle old window shutters: paint yellow, fill spaces with cactus. This was the idea of self’s friend, Sandy, who has a number of these lining one wall of her fence.

Sandy Pachaud's creativity knows no bounds.

Sandy Pachaud’s creativity knows no bounds!

And, finally, the classic summer combo: chips and hot dog with mustard.

They sell these at the summer concerts in Stafford Park, just a block and a half from self's home.

They sell these at the summer concerts in Stafford Park, just a block and a half from self’s home.

Who would have thought the prompt this week would be so much fun?

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Yellow: Weekly WordPress Photo Challenge

The Daily Post’s Photo Challenge this week is YELLOW.

Participating bloggers are asked to post something focusing on the color yellow, whether it be lemons. Or flowers. Or sunlight.

Self’s 1st example of yellow is a tablecloth. The table was on the Venice Beach Pier:


Her 2nd example of yellow is a lit corridor in the History Corner of the Main Quad, Stanford University campus. Self took the picture one evening last fall when she was on her way to Annenberg to catch a Robert Frank documentary on the Rolling Stones’ Exile on Main Street tour:


Finally: sunflowers. Self bought a bunch one day from her local farmers market:

DSCN7054Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Donna Leon, 14 Books After DEATH & JUDGMENT

Donna Leon’s descriptions of Venice and it relation to the rest of Italy seem much more confident in this book than in the only other Donna Leon book self has read, Death & Judgment.

One of self’s biggest complaints about Death & Judgment was that there were so few actual descriptions of Venice, the physical setting. 14 books later, the same cannot be said of About Face.

Here’s an excerpt from p. 68:

“I suppose I shouldn’t say this, but I’ve always been suspicious of Sicilians,” she said. Claudia Griffoni, like many upper-class Neapolitans, had been raised speaking Italian, rather than dialect, though she had picked it up from friends and at school and would occasionally use Neapolitan expressions. But they were always spoken within ironic quotation marks, set linguistically apart from the Italian that she spoke as elegantly as Brunetti had ever heard of it spoken. Someone who did not know her would therefore believe that her suspicion of Southerners came from the mouth of a person from the North, certainly from someone who lived above Florence.”

Brunetti was aware that she had offered him the remark as a test: If he agreed with her, she could place him in one category; if he disagreed, then she could put him in another.

And that is really excellent.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Adding to the Reading List

With any luck, self will get to the following books, eventually. Not in 2015, probably, since her reading pace is positively glacial. But hopefully, if she’s still alive and in full possession of her marbles in a couple of years — say, in 2017 — she may be able to give the following classics a shot (The only one she’s read before is Moby Dick. And she read that — all 900+ pages of it — when she was just starting in the Stanford Creative Writing Program. Why she felt it was important to understand Melville before she could take herself seriously as a writer is beyond her)

  • Jane Austen’s Emma
  • Herman Melville’s Moby Dick (Self is really looking forward to the Ron Howard adaptation because, after all, Chris Hemsworth!)
  • Gustave Flaubert’s Sentimental Education
  • Laurence Sterne’s Tristram Shandy
  • Herman Melville’s short fiction
  • Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du Mal
  • Thomas Hardy’s Jude the Obscure

And here are the books of 2014 that rocked self’s world:

  • Rebecca West’s Black Lamb and Grey Falcon
  • Haruki Murakami’s The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
  • William Maxwell’s So Long, See You Tomorrow

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.





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