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After Midnight in Paris

Can anything good happen after midnight? Woody Allen’s latest film, Midnight in Paris, answers that question with a resounding maybe! Dreams, fantasies and mythical thinking happen after midnight. Painless time travel happens after midnight. But, lies, deception and stolen kisses also happen after midnight. And ultimately, crushed hopes and the harsh light of early morning happen…you guessed it: after midnight. However, in Woody’s world, repeated visits (after midnight, of course) to Paris in the twenties – the Paris of Zelda and F.Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein and Ernest Hemingway – only serve to reinforce nostalgia for that romantic era. The softening effect of rain upon narrow cobblestone streets only whets the appetite for more of the same. The seductive effect of a sweet and beautiful flapper from that era only increases the hunger. But flappers are only human. They, too, long for a different era, a more romantic era. A beautiful flapper wishes to discard her beaded sheaths and feathered headbands, if only she can be permanantly transported to La Belle Epoque. Ahhh, La Belle Epoque. Now, that would be the perfect time to be alive, she says. So, I wonder: If I could be transported into another era, which one would I choose? How about you?

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What is a Chair?

Woman and boy sitting in chair

Image by George Eastman House via Flickr

“There has been an attempt, an erroneous one, to make a special class of the bourgeoisie. The bourgeoisie is simply the contented portion of the people. the bourgeois is the man who has now time to sit down. A chair is not a caste.”                  Victor Hugo

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Artists, Writers, Musicians

Everybody Else

I used to dream about hanging out with artists, writers and musicians. Then I found out they’re just like everybody else.

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From Kook to Activist?

The Cardiff Kook is attempting to reinvent himself. Born in an artist’s studio, he spent his early years enduring ridicule and abuse by local surfers. Tired of being criticized for his surfing style, his family history and even his sexual preference, the Cardiff Kook is now on a quest for legitimacy and acceptance in his community. He has been an object of scorn and bullying for years. Periodically, mysterious strangers, under cover of darkness, have adorned his body with skirts, bikinis and even a giant replica of a shark devouring him in one big gulp. This week, to draw attention to Breast Cancer, the Kook has allowed himself to be dressed in a pink tutu, with pink leis draped around his neck. He holds a sign, reminding his neighbors that the fight to find a cure is a cause close to his heart. From Kook to Activist. Like Madonna, Pee Wee Herman and Danny Bonaducci, the Cardiff Kook will rally his peeps and lead the way…to…well, does it really matter? He is, after all, a kook.

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