Archive for February, 2009

February 28, 2009

“Kak davno ya ne byla v Sankt-Peterburge…”


February 28, 2009


February 28, 2009


“I Think It Was Derrida Who Said There Is No Such Thing As Actual, Empirical Truth”

February 27, 2009

This morning, I rewarded myself with a reviewing of “The Thick of It,” one of the best things I know.

Brings back fond memories of the months I spent as a fly on the wall of British politics three years ago. The day before I started work, the party leader stepped down after disclosing his alcoholism; this was soon eclipsed by news of the coprophilic gay ménage à trois one of his would-be replacements was conducting.

As P. put it at the time:

Q: “What do Charles Kennedy and Mark Oaten have in common?”

A: “They both like to get shit-faced!”

But I digress.

The show is little-known among my American friends. But all six of its episodes are on YouTube. So, in the spirit of the day, I thought I’d share.

If this post introduces “The Thick of It” to one person who needs it, my blog will have been a success.

Oh, To Be A Spanish Grandfather…

February 27, 2009


From the divine “Cor de la Ciutat.” (Hat-tip: L.)

Jane Campion, Where Are You When We Need You?

February 27, 2009


February 22, 2009


February 22, 2009


February 22, 2009

“…the King, who was also blind… refused to accept his condition; and everyone remembers the innocent deception he frequently practiced with his glasses at the Opéra…”

~Nadar, When I Was A Photographer

February 22, 2009

Few things unnerve me more than failing to relocate internet content. I still dream of a certain black-and-white photograph I saw years ago, a shot of a pile of silvery Amazonian fish that looked tantalizingly like a Heda still-life…

There are happy endings too, of course. It took me a while, but this video’s safely back in the corral.