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Suppressed complex

Monday, February 25, 2008

How much time have I spent writing since the new year? I couldn’t say. I have been enjoying myself. Days have gone by quite quickly with all these steps toward what is next.

When a woman has the means to keep her own room and her own window, she can choose to open and close the curtains when she wills it. The door can be locked all day and all night for weeks. At eleven, she can decide that she is going hunting at noon. She can decide to go hunting for a dark blue dress, at 1 pm on a monday, because she thinks that no crowd could form at that time. She can try one on and decide it is too long, this one too low and this one, just right. She can pick at some leftover carrot cake at 9:33 pm and she can read her new book curled over her knees until the stretch of her back below her neck feels like it will snap. She can hop out of bed to write a random letter to someone who has not arrived, just yet. Then she can smile and cheat the end.

“I hope you will write soon and tell me about yourself. I think one’s letters ought to be about oneself (I live up to this theory!) - what else is there to talk about? Letters should be indiscretions - otherwise they are simply official bulletins.

Always yours


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10:55 pm

My Oscars

Sunday, February 24, 2008

2008 OSCARs

There Will Be Blood

Daniel Day-Lewis, There Will Be Blood

Marion Cotillard, La Vie en Rose

Javier Bardem, No Country for Old Men
Hal Holbrook, Into the Wild

Cate Blanchett, I'm Not There

Tony Gilroy, Michael Clayton

Diablo Cody, Juno
Nancy Oliver, Lars and the Real Girl

Ronald Harwood, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly



There Will Be Blood

Elizabeth: The Golden Age
La Vie en Rose

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

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8:04 pm


The taker

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

The Marcel Proust Questionnaire

* Me

  • Your most marked characteristic?

A craving to be loved, or, to be more precise, to be caressed and spoiled rather than to be admired

* Being half predictable and half unpredictable. I don’t know if one takes priority over the other.

  • The quality you most like in a man?

Feminine charm

* The sum of the qualities of a man who knows which qualities are important to me (3 in 1)

  • The quality you most like in a woman?

A man's virtues, and frankness in friendship

* Temperance

  • What do you most value in your friends?

Tenderness - provided they possess a physical charm which makes their tenderness worth having

  • What is your principle defect?

Lack of understanding; weakness of will

  • What is your favorite occupation?


* Thinking

  • What is your dream of happiness?

Not, I fear, a very elevated one. I really haven't the courage to say what it is, and if I did I should probably destroy it by the mere fact of putting it into words.

  • What to your mind would be the greatest of misfortunes?

Never to have known my mother or my grandmother

* To forget what is important

  • What would you like to be?

Myself - as those whom I admire would like me to be

  • In what country would you like to live?

One where certain things that I want would be realized - and where feelings of tenderness would always be reciprocated. [Proust's underlining]

  • What is your favorite color?

Beauty lies not in colors but in their harmony

  • What is your favorite flower?

Hers - but apart from that, all

* I don’t know. Never really thought of it. I have a perfume, lily of the valley.. I like it.

  • What is your favorite bird?

The swallow

* Living

  • Who are your favorite prose writers?

At the moment, Anatole France and Pierre Loti

* At the moment, Khalil Gibran

  • Who are your favorite poets?

Baudelaire and Alfred de Vigny

* At the moment, Jay Macpherson and T. S. Eliot

  • Who is your favorite hero of fiction?


  • Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?

Phedre (crossed out) Berenice

  • Who are your favorite composers?

Beethoven, Wagner, Shuhmann

  • Who are your favorite painters?

Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt

  • Who are your heroes in real life?

Monsieur Darlu, Monsieur Boutroux (professors)

  • Who are your favorite heroines of history?


  • What are your favorite names?

I only have one at a time

* Elliott

  • What is it you most dislike?

My own worst qualities

* Anger. Violence is inconsiderate. Anger and violence is dangerous.

  • What historical figures do you most despise?

I am not sufficiently educated to say

  • What event in military history do you most admire?

My own enlistment as a volunteer!

  • What reform do you most admire?

(no response)

  • What natural gift would you most like to possess?

Will power and irresistible charm

  • How would you like to die?

A better man than I am, and much beloved

* I would like to die knowing that I have asked every question I have ever wanted to ask and that my questions were appreciated by those who attempted to answer them.

  • What is your present state of mind?

Annoyance at having to think about myself in order to answer these questions

  • To what faults do you feel most indulgent?

Those that I understand

  • What is your motto?

I prefer not to say, for fear it might bring me bad luck.


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10:04 pm

Hazel Englert

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

I was visually reminded of Mercure while watching a trailer today. The book, which I bought years ago when working in a bookstore, was about a mirror-less island and it’s inhabitants. Where is that book now?

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7:03 pm


The Household

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Take a look at this short animated film created by The Black Heart Gang called The Tale Of How.

Click here to watch it.
Click here to view some of prints.
Click here for the lyrics.

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