The friendly cow all
red and white,
I love with all my heart:
She gives me cream with all her might,
To eat with apple-tart.
She wanders lowing here and there,
And yet she cannot stray,
All in the pleasant open air,
The pleasant light of day;
And blown by all the
winds that pass
And wet with all the showers,
She walks among the meadow grass
And eats the meadow flowers.
Child's Garden of Verses (1885)
2.Most days I drive from Berwyn to
Bryn Mawr along Darby-Paoli, turning left on Conestoga Road. On either
side spread two large cow pastures, which are home to a single herd of
beautiful black cows. The cows are either in one pasture or the other --
never in both simultaneously. We have never been able to figure out how
they cross the road and no one has ever been able to explain this phenomenon to
us. Either people are totally uninterested, they are all participating in
a conspiracy against my family or, as I actually believe, these are magical
Christmas cards we received this year contained many downbeat,
almost despairing, notes and messages.
This caught us by surprise.
Not because we don’t read the polls -- we both have a pretty good idea of the national "measured” mood.
But at Christmas greeting time we've always found that the
mask, when there is one, usually remains firmly in place, miming,
Queer and and dispiriting
stuff, especially for a depressive like me.
However, at the moment chez nous, Jane is diligently practicing on her new alto
saxophone, which is a much pleasanter “in-house” experience than we used to have with her trumpet. (In fact,
She's taking gorgeous, excellent photos with her new camera and the study she’s putting into learning about using it, reflecting her enthusiasm and
positive energy, is uplifting.
Last night, while we were walking Andy, who is recovering well from a slight (but scary)
relapse last week, Caroline said to him:
By NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor | Monday, 26 December 2011 20:48
EXCLUSIVE:Wild Bunch’s Vincent Maraval has
confirmed that Abel Ferrara and screenwriter Christ Zois are working on a
feature script partly inspired by this summer’s sex scandal surrounding
former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Gérard
Depardieu and Isabelle Adjanihave been rumored circling characters
based on the scandal-plagued former IMF chief and his wife Anne Sinclair
and have met with the director, but Maraval says the project is still a
long way from active development.
The idea for a film came about on a lark when Ferrara was making 4:44 Last Day On Earthwith Wild Bunch earlier this year. Per Maraval, it was suggested that
the DSK sex scandal would be a good fit for Ferrara given the
filmmaker’s penchant for themes of addiction. Maraval says Ferrara and
sometime collaborator Zois are now writing a script which could include
elements inspired by the lives of other politicians like Bill Clinton
and Silvio Berlusconi along with Strauss-Kahn. But, despite earlier
reports in the French press, he stresses it’s too early to say anything
definitively. “One thing we do know is that there’s a real common desire
amongst Depardieu, Adjani and Ferrara to work together. But like every
day in this business, we have to see if there’s a film there. Today, the
only reality is that they are writing something inspired by
Strauss-Kahn that will focus on addiction and politicians. It’s more
that than the Strauss-Kahn scandal itself,” says Maraval noting, “If it
becomes a serious thing, I’m not even sure it will be the same film with
Adjani and Depardieu.” Finally, he adds, “If we feel there’s a movie,
we’ll go further.”
Queried about the project in an interview published
in France’s Le Journal Du Dimanche yesterday, Depardieu
declined to comment on rumors but offered, “In general, I’m very good at
playing characters that I don’t like or those that I don’t resemble.”
Anne Sinclair and Dominique Strauss-Kahn
Isabelle Adjani looking somewhat Anne Sinclair-like
NOTE: I was taught the evocative French word "dégueulasse," or "disgusting," a lifetime ago by an old girlfriend who had a French mother. My friend told me that once, while swimming in the Mediterranean in some unpleasant waters, she overheard another mother speaking the word to her child. Her own mother translated and the word (and the way it was said -- intonation and meaning matching perfectly) stuck.
I think "dégueulasse" probably fits on a number of levels the project described in this typically prematurely written, trial balloon showbiz trade paper (Deadline Hollywood) article. That being said, I'm sure someone will eventually produce a project like this and I do like the actors mentioned as possibilities for the roles. Also, there are worse ways to spend time than researching Isabelle Adjani photos during the week between Christmas and New Year.
‘Then what do you want from life, Netta?’ he asked. ‘What are you getting
at in it all?’
food had come he had ordered wine, and now, if not drunk, he was careless and
bold with drink. Otherwise he would
never have asked her a serious, direct question like that. To ask Netta a serious direct question, in
the ordinary way, was simply to ask for one of those hideous cuts across the
soul she knew so well how to administer.
But now, because of what he had drunk, he felt he could take the cut if
it came. If it hurt, he was
finished their meal and were having coffee.
Eddie Carstairs was still at his table in the corner, though most of the
other tables were deserted. There were,
however, three people making a good deal of noise at a table nearby, so he
could speak in a normal voice without being overheard.
‘What do you
mean?’ she said. ‘What do I want from
‘Just what do you want from it? . . . ‘Do you want to be a
success on the films, do you want to be married, do you want children – what?’
must, Netta. You must know something
about what you want.’
‘No, I don’t,’
she said vaguely, looking at a passing waiter, and speaking as a mother, watching
the screen at a cinema might speak to her talkative child. ‘Do you know what you want?’
Of course I do. I know what I want.’
said, and looked at him.
for a moment, reluctant to start anything.
He knew it could lead nowhere, could do him no good. But why shouldn’the make love to her
once in a way, why shouldn’the get something back
from the money he was spending, a little
of the luxury of telling her he loved her, of speaking his heart. He hadn’t opened his heart to her for months.
‘I want you, Netta,’ he said, looking into her eyes. ‘That’s all I want.’
right,’ she said. ‘So what?’
do you mean,’ he said,‘So what?’’
‘Just “So what”,’ said Netta, and she was again looking at the
people in the room behind him.
Top: Alex Katz: Ann Lauterbach, 1978
Bottom: Alex Katz: Pas De Deux (Red Grooms and Lizzy Ross), 1994
Me and my baby been on the
run, So very long. Her folks sent a man to get us, They say we’ve done wrong. So we Run,
Yeah we Run, Yeah we Run
From the stranger in town.
Stranger in town, he's out to get me.
Stranger in town, wants me and my baby -- He follows Me --
From town to town, And if he gets me
He'll bring me down. So we Run,
we Run, Yeah we Run From the stranger in town.
not afraid of what They'll do to me -- I'm just afraid they'll hurt my baby. We don't care if We run forever, Just as long as We're together.
Stranger in town, I think we've lost him. Stranger in town, Can't let him bring us in --
Another town -- One more mile --
And We'll be free, For a while.
And we'll Run, Yeah
we'll Run, Yeah we'll Run
From the stranger in town.
Jesus when he began was about
thirty years old, and was the son, as it was believed, ofJoseph, the son of Heli, the son of Mathat, the son of Levi, the son ofMelchi, the son ofJannai, the son of Joseph, the son of Matthias, the son of Amos, the son of Nahum, the son of Esli, the son of Naggai, the son of Maath, the son of Matthias, the son ofSemein, the son of Josech, the son of Joda, the son of Jonan, the son of Rhesa, the son of Zerubbabel, the son ofSalathiel, the son of Neri, the son of Melchi, the son of Addi, the son of Cosam, the son of Elmadam, the son ofEr, the son of Jesus, the son of Eliezer, the son ofJorim, the son of Mathat, the son of Levi, the son of Symeon, the son ofJudah, the son of Joseph, the son of Jonam, the son of Eliacim, the son of Melea, the son of Menna, the son of Matatha, the son of Nathan, the son of David, the son of Jesse, the son of Jobed, the son of Boaz, the son of Sala, the son ofNashon, the son of Aminadab, the son of Admin, the son of Arni, the son of Hezron, the son of Perez, the son of Judah, the son of Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham, the son of Terah, the son of Nachor, the son of Serug, the son of Reu, the son of Peleg, the son of Eber, the son of Sala, the
son of Cainan, the son of Arphaxad, the son of Shem, the son of Noah, the son of Lamech, the son of Methuselah, the son ofEnoch, the son of Jared, the son of
Mahahaleel, the son of Cainan, the son of Enos, the son of Seth, the son ofAdam, the son ofGod.