Sunday Reads: Distorted Shapes Frame a Disillusioned Thought

2ebf6bfab13ce76b6759523762959c5cThere is the sound of thunder in the distance, I can tell because my bedroom is dark   Much darker than it usually is this time of day.    I lay here under the covers like I do every day disillusioned and thoughts fill my head.
Unlike that thunderstorm which I cannot see, I have a visual facsimile of one on my wall…an image of a summer thunderstorm building in the center of a beautiful blue sky. It is the large puzzle that I did quite a while ago of the street scene in Cuba, with a woman selling flowers and a little band playing in the background… serenading her as she crosses the street. It is hanging on my wall in my bedroom and if you will bear with me a moment, it will not take much longer for me to finish this thought.
I look at that puzzle every day. I lay on my bed daily and stare at it. When the light is off the shapes of the puzzle pieces disappear and become still. 015b4189c6f4de00d5a002a53bc33e05967fb2b672There is just a hint of texture which makes the puzzle come alive, almost becoming a full representation of the street, so as I could reach out and touch it. The lady’s dress moves as she walks and you can almost see the clouds building with the heat.
But when the ceiling light is shining bright against it, each puzzle piece is accentuated in the puzzle and it becomes fully distorted…yet you can still see the image behind the distortion. The face of the woman is no longer beautiful, she is twisted. When reflections of the light shine on her dress, her body is in shapes that although unnatural I still feel drawn to look at. I can see the clouds of the thunderstorm behind the capital building of Havana. They are even more threatening with their menacing darkness combined with the haphazardness of the shapes of the puzzle pieces, it’s as if the clouds are building up a storm but did not know which way to go…yet it was forced into its direction by the puzzle pieces.0157fa4da58be40f708e583b8d07905df8d070de39 It is not fluid, it is unnatural. It is a force that has been predetermined not something that was allowed to develop and grow on it’s own accord.
Wait there it is much lower and softer than it was minutes before…I hear a low thunder. It is a slight sound barely audible, as if it is crying out the last gasping. The storm must be fading, it hadn’t even had a chance to develop big and strong.
I must write the post for today so I look one last time lady crosses the street and I go downstairs and turn the computer.
So, here are your links today.

Like Boston Boomer, I am easily distracted…but since abstract puzzle pieces get my attention…and not mystery books…the links are in a lean dump fashion.

a237a9b404d2db239800c3ea1bd267e4Turkey uses tear gas to break up gay pride gathering – LA Times

Hillary Clinton marches in NYC Pride Parade – NY Daily News

Survivors of Boston bombing meet with Orlando victims still in hospital | PBS NewsHour

Take a look at the photograph on the PBS NewsHour link.

Dan Rather slams media for acting like a ‘business partner of Donald Trump’ to boost their ratings

Sanders: Hillary Can Win Over More of My Supporters ‘If She Does the Right Thing’ | Mediaite

First vessel passes through expanded Panama Canal – News from Al Jazeera

01f62baac362b869cc100c056bb715c2f3aa6beef9Top ‘ndrangheta mob boss Ernesto Fazzalari caught after 20 years on the lam in Italy – CBS News

Italy’s second most sought-after fugitive, a convicted ‘ndrangheta crime syndicate boss feared as a “merciless killer,” was captured Sunday as he slept in his bed in a hideout in the rugged Calabrian mountains, police and prosecutors said.

Ernesto Fazzalari “went from his sleep to the handcuffs of the Carabinieri” paramilitary police after 20 years on the run, Col. Lorenzo Falferi told reporters in the city of Reggio Calabria.

Reggio Calabria Prosecutor Federico Cafiero De Raho described Fazzalari as “a merciless killer” and a protagonist of the 1991-1992 turf feud between ‘ndrangheta clans that bloodied the Taurianova town area of Calabria in the “toe” of the Italian boot-shaped peninsula. In one macabre episode in the feud, a victim’s head was tossed in the air and shot as a target.

0180544731cbf5556347106c7c11831c2e9709db68This is a bit of news: Pentagon to Lift Ban on Transgender Service Members | Alternet

A new Broadway play is starting to tour…‘Beautiful’ makes a fetching Los Angeles debut at the Pantages – LA Times

Beautiful – The Carole King Musical” is that rare Broadway offering – a jukebox musical with a soul.

The touring production, which opened Friday at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre, reveals the reason this show has become the “Jersey Boys” for the XX chromosome set.

Borrowing the tried-and-true biographical formula of scrappy artists working their way to fame, the musical extracts all the nostalgic glory out of a catalog of hits few Baby Boomers will be able to resist.

At the same time, the center of storytelling gravity is decidedly female, making this show as rich in poignant emotion as it is in Broadway pizzazz. There’s psychology for those who want it and era-defining tunes for those who’d rather escape into the memory of a simpler, if not necessarily more enlightened, American era.

0148e9cff227ce858dea29da759f91b6b1c2635b93“Beautiful” sketches Carole King’s rise from precocious Brooklyn songwriter in the late 1950s through her powerhouse collaborations with husband Gerry Goffin in the 1960s to the liberated solo career catapulted by “Tapestry” in 1971 after her marriage failed.

Douglas McGrath’s book capitalizes on those introspective qualities King’s later music gave unforgettable voice to – tenderness, self-doubt, and wisdom hard won from disappointment. But this is as much about a generation of artists as it is about one extraordinarily gifted woman.

Last link for this Sunday:

013e48a0cead31588e4a17f385cee06705609b389bSaturday Night at the Movies: Lazy hazy crazy: Top 10 summer idyll movies By Dennis Hartley

Since this is the first official weekend of summer, I thought it would be a good excuse to cull a list of my 10 seasonal favorites for your consideration. These would be films that I feel capture the essence of those “lazy, hazy, crazy” days; stories infused with the sights, the sounds…the smells, of summer. So, here you go…as per usual, in alphabetical order:

The reason I include this link is for the first movie on the list…

Claire’s Knee- This 1970 offering is “part five” of a six-film cycle by the late French director Eric Rohmer known collectively as “ Six Moral Tales ” (each individual entry works  fine as a stand-alone film), and my favorite of the cycle. Jerome (Jean-Claude Brialy) is a thirty something diplomat enjoying his final “bachelor holiday” on Lake Annecy, where he runs into old friend Aurora (Aurora Cornu). She is a writer, currently blocked for ideas. Playfully informing Jerome that he will be her Muse, she offers him a guest room, and introduces him to her neighbor, a woman with two teenage daughters, a precocious 15 year-old named Laura (Beatrice Romand) and her aloof 16-year old sister Claire (Laurence de Monaghan). 014e1dc269bcc553f0c25bc34897161c929fa6041aIt doesn’t take Jerome long to start giving Aurora story ideas.  While mindfully keeping Laura’s platonic crush at bay, he finds himself drawn to her sister, developing an inexplicable desire to touch her knee. Despite how that sounds, there’s nothing leering about the way Rohmer handles it. To Jerome, this is an abstract and romanticized form of adulation (like Alan Ladd’s obsession with the painting in Laura), as opposed to a sexual urge. He keeps the voyeuristic Aurora apprised, as she eggs him on (she needs the material). Ultimately as enigmatic as love itself, topped off with gorgeous cinematography by Nestor Almendros.

That is all I have for you …what are you thinking about today?



52 Comments on “Sunday Reads: Distorted Shapes Frame a Disillusioned Thought”

  1. Your opening story about the puzzle painting and the storm was riveting. I almost forgot about the links below it. Very moving.

  2. janicen says:

    That was a great bit of writing right there, JJ. I was captivated. What a wonderful escape. I want to go back there. It was intoxicating.

  3. pdgrey says:

    I am now back in the dark, The site BB gave me is not working anymore to get on WP and NYT. Could anyone tell me what’s going at the stabbing ? Or anything else I am missing. Damn, who knew You could miss this shit? Even HUff Po, is senting you to WP.

  4. Beata says:

    You paint fascinating word pictures, JJ. You are a true artist.

    I’ve been off the Internet since February but I hope the Sky Dancers are doing well. Peace be with you all.

  5. ANonOMouse says:

    “That is all I have for you …what are you thinking about today?”

    I’m thinking about you today after reading that mesmerizing opening. That’s quite a talent JJ. Use it, it is your power! Rise Woman!!

  6. ANonOMouse says:

    Whatever you do, DON’T read the comment section of the AP Story about Hillary attending NYC Pride. The sufferers of HDS are experiencing their final gasps of hatred before Hillary becomes our next POTUS.

    • NW Luna says:

      It’s amazing how long some individuals can go on denying reality. I still think they are ratfkers.

      • ANonOMouse says:

        I agree. And I don’t think they’ll be able to hide their ratfucking much longer as the base consolidates around Hillary and become less open to believing their bullshit.

  7. Sweet Sue says:

    Beautiful writing, JJ.
    You sound so depressed-understandably so-do make sure to get the right meds from your doc.
    I wouldn’t get out of bed without antidepressants.

  8. bostonboomer says:

    Huge news!!!


    • ANonOMouse says:

      It’s the best news we’ve had concerning Choice in a long time. I believe this decision will finally close the door on all of the loopholes they’ve used to end Roe V. Wade. They cannot win this and when President Hillary Clinton appoints Justice 9, it will become impossible to beat this dead horse back to life. Maybe now the GOP will takes it’s grimy hands off of our uterus!!!

  9. janicen says:

    Hillz and Warren on stage together in Ohio right now. MSNBC.

  10. janicen says:

    Warren says, “I’m here today because I’m with her”

    • bostonboomer says:

      I’m watching too. They both look great!

      • janicen says:

        Surprised to see Hillz lean against the seat a moment ago. She looks tired. She’s been busy with the campaign and Aiden!

        • ANonOMouse says:

          Hillary marched in the NYC Pride March yesterday. She is everywhere, every day. I don’t know how she goes at such a hectic pace, but she’s quite a WOMAN!!!

          • janicen says:

            Oh that’s right, I forgot she was at NYC Pride. I couldn’t handle her pace for one day and I’m younger than her.

  11. janicen says:

    Warren is giving it her all.

  12. janicen says:

    Goofy hat! LOL!

  13. bostonboomer says:

    Great speech so far by Hillary.

  14. Fannie says:

    Great Day for America……….after 45 years fighting for abortion rights, here we are, in majority vote 5/3………they will not be allowed to discriminate against women, and make them criminals, or make them resort to the back alley for coat hanger abortions. I am so in tune to Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren, their actions urge people to join the party, and join us, we are justified and will win the election.

    Great Day today.

  15. janicen says:

    Looking at Clinton, Warren, Granholm, I’m thinking I should wear my hair shorter. LOL! It seems to be the style of capable, smart women.

    • bostonboomer says:

      I’ve never regretted getting mine cut short.

      • ANonOMouse says:

        I was one of the hippies with hair so long I sat on it. I even wore the long forehead & temple braids. I began cutting mine in stages in the 80’s until finally I had a full fledged short haircut. It’s really more work than long hair, but I love short hair and would never let it grow out again. Especially now that it’s mostly white!

    • Fannie says:

      I know what you’re saying, my hair is the longest in years, and years, and I am about to have a new smart look too. It will happen, and I love the color BLUE to go with that smart look.

    • ANonOMouse says:

      That is great news and perhaps the push Bernard needs to get him to either endorse Hillary or go home to VT. Either way, he’s finished.

      • Jslat says:

        Does he have any idea how pathetic he is clinging to his spotlight? Time to exit stage left!