Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Any Camera or Photos of Photographers

Self just loves Cee’s Fun Foto Challenges!

This week’s Foto Challenge is part of a series called Anything Goes. This week, you’re supposed to show a picture of any type of camera, or a picture of a photographer.

It turns out that self has the perfect picture for this week’s Foto Challenge: a picture she took on Saturday, 28 April 2018: Independent Bookstores Day. She had walked into Gallery Bookshop in Mendocino (one of her faaaavorite bookstores in the whole world. She’s bought so many great books from this bookstore over the years, including the book she’s currently reading: Homer’s Odyssey, the translation by Emily Wilson). The staff was posing for selfies with customers and she managed to squeeze off a quick one while they were otherwise occupied.

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Gallery Bookshop, Mendocino: 28 April 2018

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

Hermes: The Odyssey, Book 5

Self is so glad she read The Mandibles: A Family, 2029-2047 and The Book of Dust, vol. 1 and His Dark Materials before reading The Odyssey. Her reading journey thus far in 2018 feels like the longest stretch of excellent fantasy she’s read in a loooong time (and she’s now at the very root, so it feels as if she’s been moving backwards through literary history. After this, she tackles Thomas More’s Utopia, which is also fantasy. Well, fantasy and philosophy).

Shape-shifting moments thus far: In one scene, Athena turns into an ossifrage right before the disbelieving eyes of Menelaus, and in another she sends a phantom in the shape of a woman to enter the house of Odysseus and comfort Penelope while she sleeps.

Book Five is probably going to be important. She loves the title: From the Goddess to the Storm.

Finally, we meet Hermes, the messenger-god:

He touched Pieria, then from the sky
he plunged into the sea and swooped between
the waves, just like a seagull catching fish,
wetting its whirring wings in tireless brine.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

“Has Anyone Seen Telemachus?”: Book 4 of The Odyssey

Self can hardly wait until she gets to the part of The Odyssey where someone says:

Daddy, can you paint my wagon …

She thinks it’s about halfway through the book. She read that section while she was browsing in the Gallery Bookshop in Mendocino.

In the meantime, here’s Noemon (son of Phronius), addressing his fellow rivals (suitors) for the hand of Penelope, Telemachus’s mother (One interesting thing about this Emily Wilson translation is that she makes it clear that the suitors are no older than Telemachus himself. How weird is that? It would be as if son or one of his classmates decided to woo a woman 20 years older. And such is these suitors’ scorn for convention that they’ve been bullying Telemachus, for years. Telemachus brings out all of self’s Mommy instincts. As she makes her way through this section, self wants to yell: Leave my boy Telemachus alone, you dirty rats!)

Noemon

Do we know . . .  whether Telemachus is coming back
. . .  He left with my ship.
I need it, to cross over to the fields
of Elis, where I have twelve mares with mules
suckling their teats and not yet broken in.

They were all
astonished, since they had not thought the boy
was gone to Pylos, but was somewhere near,
out with the sheep or pigs.

This is so, so . . .

Points, Telemachus!

Antinous

Damn! That stuck-up boy
succeeded in his stupid trip. We thought
he would not manage it.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Place in the World 2: 7:05 pm

Light’s fading. After dinner, self went to the backyard to squeeze off a last round of shots:

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Blown: The first Betty Boop blooms

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Fourth of July Rose

And that’s it for today!

Garden, take a bow.

Other PLACES IN THE WORLD:

Stay tuned.

 

Telemachus Learns How Troy ‘Went Down’

Book 3: An Old King Remembers

Nestor tells Telemachus (Who knew nothing about his father, Troy, the end):

At dawn one group of us dragged down our ships
into the sea piled high with loot and women,
while half the army still remained there, stationed
with Agamemnon, shepherd of the people.

War is so implacable. The “loot and women” did give self pause.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

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