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Costume

In Drafts, En français dans le texte, Local projects, Revision, TV, Visual artists on July 3, 2015 at 6:33 am

First, a variation on the suit and tie: current Greek leaders do without the tie, as do candidates to political office in many ad campaigns. In a recent interview the current director of the IMF wears a jacket tailored like a man’s with a tasteful scarf over a white blouse. Save when they dress the part of just-folks, most current Occidental leaders wear the dark suit, white shirt and tie denoting business-like seriousness of intent and purpose.

Since most of what we call “news” involves staged interviews and photo ops, manner of dress is anything but incidental.

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Cooler air this morning. Clouds drifting toward the east – one, shaped like a horse looking back, dissolving into a bit of grayish fluff.

The order in which I read the four stories makes a huge difference. Slow taking in of this fact for the time being, in the midst of admin stuff, visits to friends, packing, etc.

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The last of the South-African sculptors in residence at l’Uzine, leaving this morning after his first visit to Europe. “Europe? And you choose to visit…” – I pass on the expression used by a local resident to describe this town. Note, yet again, that the long-term residents here are the ones most given to bad-mouthing their hometown. Bizarre. As if anyone born elsewhere and settling here was a despicable idiot for appreciating a single thing about the place. Rutted streets and sidewalks? Check. Crumbling disaffected tanneries? Check. Limited public transportation options around town, and out of it? Check. Maybe the old-time residents watch too much TV  “reality” shows staged on pristine bits of beachfront with nary a sand fly to interfere with the audience’s stuporous viewing.

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Costume. Mien. Attitudes.  This morning: French lesson for someone with a limited intellectual range. (Does that explain the slow pace at which I’m writing this blogpost? Maybe. Getting into character, so to speak. Repeat after me: ven-dre-di. Again: ven-dre-di. What day is this? Ven-dre-di. And so on.)

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