• Les Iris de Maman

    Wednesday, February 10, 2016 3 Permalink 1

    90 years young The artist is a marvel, still working every day, rising late like a gentleman, never showing his work, just diligently continuing to fill the walls and floorspace of the house, and even the attic, for many decades now with his creations: Magnificent things - larger than life paintings of armored men on acid-tone motorcyles in green and ...

  • Re-drawing (and a recipe)

    Thursday, January 28, 2016 5 Permalink 0

    Nicolas Poussin. Et in Arcadia ego, 1638. Et in Arcadia ego I prefer the interpretation of Poussin's title to mean, "I also lived in Arcadia." That is, one now dead in the grave speaks to the living through his epitaph, saying, I also lived in Arcadia as you do, but now am ashes and dust. Others more popular these days ...

  • December 2015

    Tuesday, December 29, 2015 6 Permalink 0

    Goodbye, December ...including the warmest weather on record, much fog, some guava jam which we scored at an international grocer and made into a Cuban tart, and the annual pilgrimmage to Brive for fantastical Christmas dinner(s).  But most importantly this end-year, we finally are closing in on the last of the rubble and junk in the house. That's ...

  • A start-winter meal

    Sunday, December 20, 2015 2 Permalink 0

    Jean-Baptiste Oudry. Nature morte, 1742. Sunday Déjeuner Françoise prepared another meal fit for the rich and famous, but made just especially for a small group of hometown friends. How lucky are we? "Why don't you take photos and write online about your food like you used to?," she asked, as I was tucking in directly with no camera in sight. "Because no one back in ...

  • Levity among the ruins

    Wednesday, November 11, 2015 3 Permalink 1

    Armistice Day Armistice derives from the Latin for arma (arms or weapons) and -stitium (a suffix denoting cessation or stoppage). It means quite literally a stopping of weapons, a ceasefire. But in French l'Armistice, the armistice, sounds just like a made-up word, Larmastice. That latter would mean, following the same logic from the Latin, a cessation of tears, as tears translate ...

  • Cooking with Ghosts

    Sunday, November 1, 2015 6 Permalink 0

    La Toussaint La Toussaint, or All Saints Day, which is today, is the big decoration day for all the graves in France. We will go down to the village cemetery later this afternoon to take in the glory of the autumnal light raking across the splendor of thousands of chrysanthemums laid in honor of the dearly departed. There is ...

  • The Disco Dead Trilogy

    Friday, October 30, 2015 1 Permalink 0

    I. Andrea True is no more If you want to know how I really feel, Get the cameras rollin', And get the action going, More more more... Andrea True was a minor pop star of my early youth. She was from Nashville. She got her start in porn. She wrote a huge hit almost by accident which expressed the zeitgeist of an entire ...

  • Ceci n’est pas un agneau

    Saturday, October 24, 2015 6 Permalink 0

    We had a sheep visited upon us. We are still recovering. I say visited upon us, in that plague-like way, because despite the fluffy imagination of a lamb, all cloudlike and angelic, a fullgrown 100kg sheep is a curse from hell, not a blessing. Unless you get to either shear or eat it, and we got neither. She ...