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Calling this one The Rorqual. What the Rorqual is — well, you’ll just have to wait till the story’s finished to find out.

Setting: the Bering Sea

He remembered the day it all changed. It was the day they spotted a ship, sailing languidly along the ice-clotted harbor. It seemed meandering, yet sure of purpose. It drifted to shore, riding high in the water.

(And, just so you know, self knows absolutely nothing about ships or about seafaring or about the Bering Sea. Which is why she chose to write this story about ships and seafaring and the Bering Sea)

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

SCALE: The Daily Post Photo Challenge, 11 October 2017

Very interesting challenge from The Daily Post this week!

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Photography ” . . .  is all about perspective, where and how you place other objects in the frame . . . ” — Erica V., The Daily Post

Here are some examples of SCALE: (1) at the Louvre, in front of the Mona Lisa (2) in Bath’s Royal Crescent, the entrance to Royal Crescent # 1 and (3) in New York’s Russian Tea Room, next to Carnegie Hall. Self’s first trip to New York City was with Dearest Mum, who once played at Carnegie Hall. This September, she took Dearest Mum, who’s now past 80, for lunch at the Russian Tea Room. We had the best time.

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The Louvre, May 2017

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Royal Crescent No. 1 (Royal Crescent Museum), Bath

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The Russian Tea Room, 57th St., New York City (Next to Carnegie Hall): Dearest Mum took self here, her first time in New York City, decades ago. The place hasn’t changed a bit.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Alexandria, City of Memory: C. P. Cafavy, “In the Evening”

I picked up a letter again,
read it over and over till the light faded.

Then, sad, I went out on the balcony,
went out to change my thoughts at least by seeing
something of this city I love,
a little movement in the streets, in the shops.

(1916)

2nd Michel Houellebecq Sentence of the Day: Still SUBMISSION, still p. 72

Paris, 201x:

All of a sudden, as I stood in front of the Rapid ‘Jus (whose concoctions kept getting more and more complicated: they had coconut-passion fruit-guava, mango-lychee-guarana, and a dozen other flavors, all with bewildering vitamin ingredients), I thought of Bruno Deslandes.

Stay tuned.

Murakami Sentence of the Day

Even when self isn’t particularly taken by a Murakami story, there is always a take-away.

This story was written in the Jurassic period. Records in jackets? And none of Murakami’s characters use e-mail or text-messaging. Nevertheless:

  • The dwarf would take half-played records off the turntable, throw them onto the pile without returning them to their jackets, lose track of which went with which, and afterward put records in jackets at random.

— from “The Dancing Dwarf,” Story # 14 in The Elephant Vanishes

Poetry Friday: St. John of the Cross

Everything about me
sends word of your myriad graces.
And yet everything hurts,
everything leaves me dying,
stammering on about I don’t know
what’s what.

— St. John of the Cross, translated from the Spanish by Paul Mariani

Typical Conversation If Married to a Dentist: Story # 5 in THE ELEPHANT VANISHES

Self has no memory of reading any of the stories (except for the one about cooking spaghetti), how odd. If ever a book demanded close reading, it is this one. Each sentence has a precise and very unpredictable effect. For instance, one sentence can say, “I’m going to kill myself tomorrow” and the next sentence will be something like “So I settled on the couch to watch a game show.”

She is totally in awe of Murakami’s unwavering commitment to the absurd.

  • I didn’t want to think about plaque on people’s teeth, and I especially didn’t want to hear or think about it while I was eating.

The next sentence is about how the narrator wishes she could just resume reading — of all things — Anna Karenina instead of listening to her husband.

Oh of course! Anna Karenina throws herself in front of a train; is Murakami implying that the wife would throw herself in front of a train if she has to spend another minute listening to her husband talk about plaque removal?

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Still More Corners!

Merriam Webster: A corner is “the point where converging lines, edges, or sides meet.”

Here are more corners recently encountered by self:

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View From a Friend’s Apartment, Downtown Pasadena: July 2017

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Angela Narciso Torres in Pasadena: Love Those Shades!

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A Square Donut: Chocolate Chip and Peanut-Butter Filled, from Westwood, CA (next to the UCLA Campus)

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

OOH, SHINY! The Daily Post Photo Challenge, 16 August 2017

This week, The Daily Post Photo Challenge, asks us to focus on “diversions, distactions, and delightful detours.” The prompt: OOH, SHINY!

In the summer, distractions abound in the form of street fairs.

Below, three shots of a Sacramento Street Fair, early July:

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Sacramento — one of California’s coolest, underrated cities.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

Feathers and Oil Paint: More Texture

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from the Exhibit “Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade,” at the CA Legion of Honor, San Francisco

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Mark Rothko’s No. 14, 1960, at the SF Museum of Modern Art

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Edvard Munch’s Night in Saint-Cloud, at the SF Museum of Modern Art

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