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12.03.2007., ponedjeljak
Otisla u zrak i "ulica knjiga" u Bagdadu...


For you, Mutannabi Street
- 18:56 - Komentari (6) - Isprintaj - #
19.01.2007., petak
Zezam se s ovim vec danima...

Jasno, za vecinu mojih knjiga na hrvatskom nisam uspjela naci odgovarajuce korice, to su stara izdanja, trebalo bi svaku pojedinacno slikati, unijeti podatke... Dosta ih se ne mogu ni sjetiti... imala sam kompletni set lektire u izdanju "Skolske knjige", one mekih bijelih korica, sa crvenim naslovima... i tko zna sto sve jos ne...

MOJA BIBLIOTEKA--KAKO TO GORDO ZVUCI!!!

Zelim vidjeti vaseeeeeee!
- 22:07 - Komentari (15) - Isprintaj - #
14.12.2006., četvrtak
Nakupilo se prasine na ovom tzv. blogu... :)

Ah, sta reci... jos hvatam dah. Skuckala sam sama deset komadina IKEA-inog namjestaja, rucno poslagala 3-4 tisuce knjiga, CDa, DVDa, cistila, prala, bacila odgovarajucu kolicinu kartona (smucio mi se), a sve to uz intenzivnije-no-inace poslovanje.

Jos se sad opet truckam javnim prijevozom, produzio mi se put za nekih pola sata, tri promjene--to me najvise izbacuje iz ravnoteze. Ali, lijepo je, ne izlazi mi se iz stana, samo bih lezala i jela i citala i gledala filmove, pa opet jela... :)


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12.12.2006., utorak

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16.10.2006., ponedjeljak
Ipak se krece!

Kupila sam stan. Predaja dokumenata 31. 10.-og, pa me drzi nervoza--ma, drzat ce me dok ne budem imala kljuce u rukama, i moja knjizevno-muzicka blaga na novim policama--ali, eto, valjda je to to.

Novo susjedstvo--zgrada je na dnu u pozadini, iza jarbola.



Ima i Toronto Rivu! :)
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08.09.2006., petak
Josip Genda, 1943-2006



Ave atque vale, barba Jole moj.
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07.09.2006., četvrtak
Klaus Nomi singt "Total Eclipse"


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17.08.2006., četvrtak
Zasto mrzim (nas) nogomet

Koja bijedna govna. Na utakmici s Italijom u Livornu nasi (ili neciji, pljujem ja na njih) navijaci napravili su zivu svastiku na tribini.


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04.08.2006., petak
Slike pjescane oluje u Damasku proslog travnja

Sjecam se khamsina u Lattakiji kao ruzicasto-zute magle koja bi na svemu ostavila sloj najsitnijeg pijeska. Znala sam da je negdje "iza nas" pustinja, kao tajna koja se samo naslucuje, zabranjena, prestrasna za posjetu. Ali povremeno bi ona dosla nama, i mi djeca nismo mogli doci sebi od cuda kako bi se to pijesak uvukao u zatvorene ormare, u cipele, u kuhinjsku srebrninu, u mackinu korpu... Jos me sokiralo kad mi je netko jednom rekao da dok u gradu vlada sablasni narancasti mir, u pustinji vjetar neopisivo DIVLJA, pedeset dana. Taj kontrast--ovdje mrtva tisina, tamo neprekidno urlanje oluje--davao je pojavi osjecaj cudne prijetnje, nedefinirane opasnosti.

Mama mi je jednom kupila narukvicu "iz pustinje". Donijeli su je u grad lesinari koji patroliraju pustinjom trazeci izgubljene karavane i trgovce. Englezi kazu "finders-keepers".
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03.08.2006., četvrtak
Hiroshi Teshigahara--The Face of Another

(The language in the following post contains idiosyncratic "Pancakeisms" whose usage is improper but delicious English.)


Teshigahara continued to rock with The face of another, the third movie of his I've seen based on a story by the surrealist Kobo Abe (incidentally the first ever Japanese writer I read and in my youthful innocence thought must embody Japanness itself, because he's so STRANGE.)

Two disfigured people in the movie, one a man burnt in an accident, the other a girl victim of the A-bomb, handle their physical monstrosity in opposite ways: he wears a mask so perfect it looks like a real face, and begins to lose himself to the mask, she merely concedes some protection to others by wearing her hair so it covers the scarred side, but as the film and her end near she frees her scar completely.

As an aside, Teshigahara has a RARE gift for the saxxy. Okay--where Woman in the dunes is concerned people trumpet about its "eroticism" so much you are surprised (if you're me) by how secondary the sex is--I was totally misled by one reference to In the empire of the senses--it isn't that the story is sexy, it's Teshigahara's touch that is.

So, in Face..., the short sequence when the burned man is seducing his wife (who pushed him away when he was bandaged and yields when he's wearing the mask)--we watch the seduction unfold under the table in a café, his legs squeezing between hers, like a pulsing bass line to the ever more destabilized dialogue above.

HOTT!

Although I admit I find Tatsuya Nakadai HOTT a priori, after all the samurai movies I saw him in. Hotter'n Mifune!



Omg, the comment. But pretty much on the mark AND OBVIOUSLY WHY I LOVE HIM!

He is intense, perhaps too intense for many viewers, and his tendency to portray tormented and slanted toward evil characters have made him the perennial "other side".
- 22:21 - Komentari (1) - Isprintaj - #
Fidel todavía vive...

Slika s Kube (nije moja), sto ce biti, sto ce se promijeniti, a sto nece, hoce li Amerikanci ili Kubo-Amerikanci napasti, cime, oruzjem ili samo lovom i hamburgerima, razumniji glasovi kazu manimo se "izvoza demokracije", pogledaj Irak itd.



Ti na zidu su dva revolucionarna pokojnika, Camilo Cienfuegos i Che, Fidel je pazljivo izbjegavao plakatiranje i sl.
- 20:14 - Komentari (3) - Isprintaj - #
U pohvalu sjena

Ovog sam ljeta odgledala na desetine japanskih filmova, cijeli niz samurajskih prica i Mizoguchijevih romansi i, ne mogu kriti, blago sam opsjednuta Tatsuyom Nakadaijem, vjecitim negativcem (s ponekim izuzetkom), ali cudne sorte: sive, sjenovite, kompliciranih motiva. Uklet neki karakter, bjezi mu mir.


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31.07.2006., ponedjeljak
Godina 2006, dosad:

--odgledano filmova: 199

--procitano knjiga: oko 20 (filmo- i bibliofilija ne idu zajedno u praksi...)

--pisama napisano, rucno: oko 4

--kokosi pojedeno: oko 30

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Nezadovoljstvo...


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06.06.2006., utorak




Peter Charles Wendell and Dr. Alvin M. Schmidt affirmed their partnership last evening aboard the Lexington, a motor yacht docked at Liberty State Park in Jersey City. The Rev. Melissa Hall, an Episcopal priest, led a commitment ceremony.

Mr. Wendell (above, left) is 45. He is a salesman at Paul Miller Audi, a car dealership in Parsippany, N.J., where he and Dr. Schmidt met while negotiating a lease deal on a convertible.

Dr. Schmidt, 58, is an internist in West Orange, N.J., and an instructor in medicine at the Newark campus of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. He graduated from Rutgers, where he also received a master's degree in biology. He received his medical degree from the University of Seville in Spain. His marriage ended in divorce.
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06.04.2006., četvrtak
Tiktaalik roseae--prijelazna vrsta od riba do tetrapoda

Novo otkrice: riba s pljosnatom krokodilskom lubanjom, zacecima prstiju, clanaka, lakata i ramena... Jos jedan predak.



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03.04.2006., ponedjeljak
Cime se bavim: debelim misevima


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Deset dana u Havani, n-ti put
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Ova serija misno-paucinskih postova posvecena je neodgovornim kretenima na blogu haer, da imaju sta prozdrati sljedeci put.
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Dobro, koji j***** k**** sada j*** ovaj site?

Nestala mi je cijela Kuba. Poooof--ode. Nema mi tih postova ni u arhivi.


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Paucina on my mind


Hvalimo jutros gipkost i snagu paukove svile! Pametnija od svih sintetickih polimera, paukova nit pamti svoj pocetni polozaj, omogucavajuci pauku da klize gore-dolje bez vibracija i rotacija koje bi privukle lovce.





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08.12.2005., četvrtak
Harold Pinter boluje od raka jednjaka i nije mogao osobno primiti Nobelovu nagradu, ali to ga nije sprijecilo da odrzi vatren govor u kojem se obrusio na Sjedinjene Drzave kao osvetnicka furija. Zivio!

Pinterov govor u Svedskoj Akademiji
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Danas su Strawberry Fields u Central Parku puna ljudi... kao na svaku godisnjicu.

Lennon Lives Forever


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25.11.2005., petak
Aha. Malo natezanja, malo dokazivanja... "nije to ta slika, je to je ta slika bla bla"... JOS jedan nocni pogled s mog balkona... E, to se tako nastavlja u nedogled (jer je sve raaaaaaavno) 180 stupanja naokolo...

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24.11.2005., četvrtak
John Finley IV and Stan McGee

Prije par godina The New York Times poceo je objavljivati (placene) objave gay vjencanja i partnerstava; ja sam ovdje kopirala nekolicinu jer je to nekakav barometar drustvenih kretanja i argument jaci od teoretskih natezanja za i protiv, kod nas jos uvijek hendikepiranim vecinskim nepoznavanjem i nerazumijevanjem ikakvih gay osoba, a kamoli parova.

Bilo ih je raznih, tih parova, ali klasno ujednacenih--i to je islo na ruku mojoj "propagandi", pokazati te gay advokate, biznismene, profesore, doktore, ljude uspjesne po svakom mjerilu klasicne heteroseksualne pozeljnosti.

Ali fakat mi ta burzujska dobra djeca idu na jetru. Morala sam reci bar jednom... jer, evo, jos jedan "milestone" je dostignut: prvi put je NY Times posvetio cijeli clanak (neplacen) vjencanju jednog gay para. I to kakvog para... Bostonski "brahmin" (potomak stare obitelji s puritanskim korijenima) i harvardski advokat, Republikanac i Demokrat...



WHEN informed of their son's decision to take up with Carl Stanley McGee, a lawyer from Alabama, the family of John Huston Finley IV, a Bostonian, was dismayed, but not about the fact he was in a serious relationship with another man.

"My parents were far more upset that Stan was a Hilary Clinton-supporting Democrat than they were about us," Mr. Finley said. "I remember them asking Stan a lot of 'coming out' type questions: 'Maybe you didn't have a good Republican experience? Have you told your parents how you feel?' "

They were introduced by a mutual friend nearly 10 years ago. "Our first date was at a monastery," said Mr. McGee, who is 36 and known as Stan, recalling their meeting at a service at the Society of St. John the Evangelist in Cambridge, Mass.

"Stan thought it was a very bizarre gay date, but we were both interested in theology," said Mr. Finley, now 35 and a candidate for ordination in the Episcopal Church. "When the monk came by with the holy water I saw Stan take what I assumed was a deep and profoundly pious bow. Later I realized it was because he was wearing a suede waistcoat which he didn't want to get stained."

The affably preppy Mr. Finley, who is also the founder and the director of the Epiphany School, a private, tuition-free middle school in Boston for children of poor families, has a classic New England pedigree, which includes a degree from Harvard, where his grandfather was a master of Eliot House. His family, he said, was staunchly Republican "until the second Bush administration."

The bespectacled Mr. McGee is a Harvard Law School graduate and a former Rhodes scholar who now works as a junior partner in the Boston offices of WilmerHale. He has a serious mien, a booming drawl and a shock of prematurely white hair. His passion for Democratic politics is rooted in the Deep South, and he has long been interested in the "pernicious connection" between church and state, he said.

"John had more of a sense of faith being a positive force," Mr. McGee said. Yet, of the two, he says Mr. Finley "is more impetuous, more Gestalt, more big picture." He added, "We're more yin-yang, more complementary, than opposites. John's all sugar and I'm all lemon zest."

Religion, the Constitution and confectionery ingredients notwithstanding, the day after their first date Mr. McGee sent Mr. Finley a dozen red roses; Mr. Finley sent Mr. McGee two dozen.

A month later, while driving down Storrow Drive in Cambridge, they first spoke of their feelings for each other. "It felt right from the very beginning," Mr. Finley said. "The affection I felt radiated back to me." Mr. McGee agreed: "There was a sense of completeness I felt with John that I'd never experienced before."

Eventually their relationship came to include a weekly visit with the Finley family in Brookline. "Stan's mother had dinner at our house once," recalled Mr. Finley, who, unlike Mr. McGee, had revealed his leanings to his family at age 13. "Everyone but her knew at that point that Stan was gay. When we walked into the dining room where a portrait of my grandmother hangs, she turned to me and said: 'Your grandmother is very beautiful.' I said, 'With a fur and pearls I could look just as beautiful.' From behind the bar came a crash; Stan had dropped a tray of oysters."

Politics aside, both families were never anything but fully accepting of the relationship, Mr. Finley and Mr. McGee both said. "My mother was the first of her circle to send out a Christmas card with a gay partner included," Mr. Finley said.

In time they were sharing an apartment in Boston and making plans to wed under Massachusetts law.

"Stan and John are deeply conservative and old fashioned and traditional in every way," said Jennifer Bradley, a college friend of Mr. McGee's. So a civil marriage ceremony paired with a religious service was planned at the Church of the Redeemer in Chestnut Hill, the Episcopal parish where Mr. Finley's family are longtime members.

On Nov. 12, their wedding day, the couple greeted guests in front of the church. Friends and family watched from candlelit pews as Mr. Finley and Mr. McGee walked down the aisle holding hands.

State Senator Jarrett T. Barrios, who received permission from the state to officiate, led the civil ceremony, pronouncing to thunderous applause that the couple were "fully and legally married." The Right Rev. M. Thomas Shaw, the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, then presided over the Eucharist.

That the couple decided on a wedding in the classic mold came as no surprise to those who know them. Neither did the black-tie reception at the Brandegee House, an estate they had rented in Brookline. After a dinner for 250 in an elaborately decorated and heated tent on the grounds, guests filed into the mansion's ballroom, and danced as a 14-piece orchestra played swing.

Somehow everything old seemed new again. As Ms. Bradley said of the marriage, "Seeing people who have been locked out of it makes you appreciate it more."




- 21:50 - Komentari (13) - Isprintaj - #
Kubanske lektire ima na tone... Iz, o, oko Kube, lijevo, desno, nostalgicno, revolucionarno, reakcionarski... Zanemarujem desnicu, zanimaju me oni koji Kubu vole, koje god boje bili. Spanjolka, Nissa Torrents, o Havani (La Habana); eseji Joséa Martíja (simbola kubanske borbe za nezavisnost), bleskasti, ali njezni putopis Davida McFaddena ("An innocent in Cuba") i trpkija knjiga Zoe Bran, "Enduring Cuba". Literatura na spanjolskom. Klasici poput Cabrere Infante i Lezame Lime, noviji radikali poput prokazanog Gutiérreza koji je neka vrsta kubanskog Bukowskog ("Prljava havanska trilogija").






Evo sad naletjeh na blog nekog Tomasa Bradanovica iz Chilea... Stavio je sliku Pessoe, a voli i klasicnu muziku, smjesta ga linkamo... :)
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Djelomicni nocni pogled s mog balkona. Nije slika koju sam zeljela, ali tako je to kad covjek ne napravi sto zeli SAM.

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Opet u velikoj guzvi. Pokusavam citati sto vise o mogu o Kubi, a moram se spremiti i za simpozij u sijecnju u Vancouveru...
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18.11.2005., petak
Libertad o muerte

Image hosted by Photobucket.com Voy a Cuba. Dugo sam zeljela, karta je tu... Idem za Bozic/Novu godinu, u svom aranzmanu, bit cu deset dana samo u Havani...

Vidjela sam "Soy Cuba", fantasticni film Mihaila Kalatozova, po scenariju Evgenija Jevtusenka i Enriquea Barneta, zavrsen 1964e, ali zaboravljen i prakticno nepoznat do prije deset godina, kada ga je Scorsese "otkrio" i prezentirao na Zapadu.

Vidjela sam i brazilski dokumenarac iz 2003e o snimanju Kalatozovljevog filma (Soy Cuba, o Mamute Siberiano); najdirljivije je bilo vidjeti lica glumaca, scenarista i ostalih kreatora filma, kada im je Brazilac rekao o uspjehu koji je "Soy Cuba" pobrala 40 godina nakon sto je napravljena: nisu znali. Nisu ni ocekivali, po premijeri u Rusiji i na Kubi film je lose prosao, nije se svidio nikome. A Scorsese kaze da, da ga je imao prilike vidjeti tada, kada je zapocinjao karijeru, da bi bio sasvim drugaciji redatelj.

Dossier filma


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14.11.2005., ponedjeljak
Mozda jos ova... iz obliznje jahacke skole... zapravo, bolnica i institut na svojim posjedima imaju razne objekte--restorane, balsku dvoranu, ragbi igraliste itd.

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- 17:08 - Komentari (3) - Isprintaj - #
Jos dvije slike iz okolice laba... i s tim je dosta ruralne idile...

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- 16:55 - Komentari (2) - Isprintaj - #
Priznajem, rijetko pogledam vijesti iz Hrvatske. Zasto? Od straha i muke. Od straha da ce me uhvatiti muka. Nisam cula o presudi protiv Matvejevica do danas.

Iz Glasa Slavonije:

Eco i Magris pripremaju prosvjed protiv presude

ZAGREB - Najugledniji talijanski pisci, među kojima Umberto Eco i Claudio Magris, sljedećih će dana zajedničkim pismom prosvjedovati zbog apsurdne i skandalozne sudske presude Predragu Matvejeviću, doznao je naš list dan nakon što je Claudio Magris tu presudu u "Corriere della sera" nazvao "tužnom farsom". Istodobno, sada je postalo konačno jasno da se osuđeni pisac neće žaliti, pa će presuda stoga postati pravomoćna.

I jedan (ima ih dosta...) talijanski komentar:

I Talebani cristiani in Croazia

Egzil jos uvijek izgleda bolji.


- 16:42 - Komentari (6) - Isprintaj - #
09.11.2005., srijeda
(Djelomicni) pogled s mog balkona

Fascinantno, znam. :) Ali morate vidjeti dnevnu sliku prije nego sto postam nocnu. Za koji dan. *napetost rasteeee*

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