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December 15, 2010


I am also shocked upon the so sudden arrival of winter! Gladly...I won't last! This week-end, at Frontenac metro station, our first Marché de Noël with Santa Clauss in the middle of turkeys, potatoes and meat pies to sell! Wish fo gentle weather!

Back when you mentioned that you were going to read Pamuk's The Museum of Innocence, I went hunting for my copy of it, only to realize that I gave it away, probably because I was maddened by it, as you seem to be. Yes, that obsessions comes through in the form and style of the book too, and it becomes too visceral to stay literal more often than not as you go through the book.

The warm lunch looks inviting, I am confident it solved the hunger, and warmed you.

Just this week I watched the Nelson Mandela movie "Invictus" and was moved by his partial approach to bringing solidarity to this countrymen. Rugby. His approach of forgiveness and love is admirable. I will be looking for his biography at the library.

Africa has always seemed a mystery, tribal and scattered, politically and physically. Not that I am up on the past or present politics. Africa is a place unto itself and tangled somehow searching still for it's identity.

Silly as it may seem, I fell in love with Africa, watching the movie "Out of Africa". The sense of time and place and wonderful staging for this movie made we want to visit a time gone past.

Good post.

Interesting reading. Good quick sketch. Beautiful old buildings.

Oh that drawing is a delight. Swift, full of lovely marks and more evocative... to my eyes... than the photograph. (The photograph, in this instance records, but the drawing really summons the the sense of delight in everything laid out before the artist's eye!) If I may say so, really quite Hockneyesque, though entirely your own. I so love the drawn line, and you are a master of it.

Your lunch looks delicious.

I am afraid I am probably a typical American in this case. Most of the books I read originated in English. Of course, I read things that have been translated, particularly from Russian or French, but they probably make up only about ten percent of my reading.

I should probably broaden my experience.

I love your drawing style.
Many of my book are translations from Swedish, though the rest of the family can read them in the original. And many are from the French. Most are English though.
We like Scandinavian mysteries here and Canadian writers too.

Delicious looking lunch, lovely sketch! and beautiful winter scene that to me could be on any Christmas card! I must try reading some Pamuk....

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