Cliffhangers, great and small

In Animals, Circus, Collage, Current reading, Drafts, Film, Hautvoir, Local projects on November 14, 2013 at 8:32 am

The first event to be on November 29th at the médiathèque. The second, at the new cinema, along with two films – one done here during the commemoration of the Great Strike of 1909-1910, the other showing a success story in one tannery town where the workers refused to give up. (As someone reminded some of us on Tuesday, not only are some tanneries still in operation in this town, but those that carry on are reputed for the quality of their products. There’s even talk of some of the de-localized ones making a come-back.)

Well and good. Here’s hoping the book comes off the press on the 18th, as promised. The printing shop is going belly-up or, in administrative terms, the firm is “en liquidation judiciaire”.

The saga of this book – Paroles ouvrières, le cuir dans le Tarn 1942/2010, co-written by Anne Pan and Frédérique Garlaschi? Gives more credence to Rabelais’ mieux est de ris que de larmes escripre… The full quote says it’s better to write about laughter than about tears because laughter is mankind’s distinguishing feature. I stop on the word escripre – a sixteenth century spelling of the French word écrire. Escripre, script, scriptwriter… and so it goes.

I don’t take Rabelais to mean it’s better to be a stand-up comic than a scientist discovering penicillin. I take him to mean: when it all gets to be too much for you, have your screaming fit if you must. Just make sure to laugh at your own silliness once you’ve finished banging your head against the blackboard. Or while you’re banging your head, if you can manage; in my opinion, there’s admirable and there’s heroic. Heroic is beyond my capabilities; admirable holds out shimmering promises, from time to time. Then, I lose it again. Oh well.

Writing. Meaning: fiction. Sometimes, the energy required to get down a few words is greater than what’s needed to hop around on one hand as the finale to a circus act.

Cliffhangers. Be sure to keep your nails clipped. As for muscle fatigue, I asked an acrobat about that, after watching her hang off a trapeze by one arm, monkey-style, for a long, long time. She didn’t understand my question, so I guess I’ll have to figure it out for myself.

Oh, not to forget the fascinating stuff in the second and third chapters of Simon Singh’s Le dernier théorème de Fermat, and the influence of Luigi Galvani on the likes of Mary Shelley and Edgar Allan Poe, as reported by Nicolas Witkowski in Une histoire sentimentale des sciences. Not to mention the story titled Le pont flottant, in Alice Munro’s… rrrrrr-bit, kroa-kroa. Not to




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