Dripless Ice Cream

In Current reading, Food, Hautvoir, Music, news coverage, proto drafts, Sanford Meisner on September 1, 2015 at 7:37 am

After a first run through headlines this morning, I experience a strong sense of déjà vu while reading the drivel spoken by the so-called French Socialist Party leaders at their traditional late-summer rally. (The French call these exercises in self-congratulation universités d’été. The term is an insult to universities, even the ones called diploma farms).

I’ll pass on the cynicism of a symbolic moment of silence for those who’ve died at sea or on the frontiers, trying to reach lands supposedly devoted to liberty, equality and fraternity. A moment of silence before announcing yet firmer resolve to push back so-called economic refugees vs real and true asylum seekers. Even writing this down leaves a sickening taste in my mouth. Oy. Stop. Breathe. Take in some of the fresh air and greenery from the open window. Last night, the storm broke. Thunder, lightning,  rough packets of rain shoved at the windows by gusts of wind. The air cooler now, the sky in drizzle mode.

Déjà vu, I wrote. What about? About the power of group think and group speak that functions like a comfortable womb in which the most monstrous things can breed and grow. When the only official voice raised concerning the urgency of the refugees’ plight comes from the Chancellor of Germany, you know there are greater issues to tackle than creating an ice cream that won’t melt in your hands – also one of this morning’s headlines.

The fine balance, yes. Knowing that order is but one of the moments in chaos.

(What starts up in my head? “Singing in the Rain… what a glorious feeling… etc. The favorite song of a real-life little boy called Jimmy. Last school year, every time things got to be too much, he’d ask me to sing it with him. So, here goes.)


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