Continuum stops and starts
Many years to go
Continuum stops and starts
Many years to go
Yesterday I had lunch in a building that I had not been inside of in 30 years.
I used to dream of going inside this building again and tell the young people working there, that I had worked there once. In my dream they were excited. In real life not so much.
The ceiling was the same.
The stairway painted but underneath the same.
The bathrooms were in the same place with an additional one added and now open spaces with tables that were once closed off spaces with doors.
Large windows where we watched the world go by were still there, but the world outside had changed even though the sidewalk was the same.
The marquee had a new sign screwed on top of it. I image a few letters may still be hanging on to the old one underneath.
Now you enter through the exit doors and the candy counter is gone.
The blue and red carpet is also gone exposing the original concrete floor while the roof still leaks.
Working in a library we have these catalog cards that once were used to find books, videos, or just about anything in a library. Mostly they are no longer used. They were arranged in wooden drawers by subject, title, and author.
Most of us in the library who have been there for a while still have a few, some of us have hundreds of these cards in their desk drawers or on a shelf in their office using the blank back sides of the cards for making notes, holding places in books, or labeling library carts. I had pulled the top card of my deck hidden away behind some books to make myself a reminder and looked at the title of the item that was cataloged. It was the cataloging card for the 1980 video cassette release of the 1976 movie “The Man Who Fell to Earth” directed by Nicholas Roeg and starring David Bowie. It was cataloged by lw on July 27, 1982. It is still in the collection.
Bowie died January 10, 2016, this year at 69 years of age. He inspired generations with his music and his art and this movie was one of the many projects he is associated with and a part of his life’s work.
I did not use the card for my note. I put it in a safe place with all the other cards of special interest I find, at least interesting to me.
Interestingly at the top of the card is a name, Houtsnede Maatchappij. A name I had not remember seeing before. A google search revealed that one, it may be spelled wrong on the card, it should be Houtsnede Maatschappij and two it is probably a production company or copyright holder that is also associated with “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” “Won Ton Ton: The dog Who Saved Hollywood,” and “Killer Force” all which came out in 1975-76. Who was Houtsnede Maatschappij? A mystery that needs further investigation. Stop back later.
You can no longer keep this book for seven days, but the fine is still 2 CENTS a day.
Have been waiting for September to arrive as it has been a long hot summer. Not the hottest, but a most uncomfortable summer this year.
Now September is here, the month of hurricanes. Isabel and Irene come to mind and the Tropical Storm Gaston. And there were others that have wrecked havoc on our city and our lives.
Now we have Hermine pictured above with the projected path as of Friday morning. Just a glance for us, but it could change. I hope it doesn’t.
Ready for the cool autumn breezes and cleansing rain of leaves.
Seventy one years ago today (August 9, 2016) the United States released the second atomic bomb on Japan, on the city of Nagasaki, effectively ending World War II. The Japanese surrender was signed on September 2, 1945 on the battleship USS Missouri.
World War II was always a part of my childhood. My father was in World War II as were most of the fathers of kids I knew. The War has colored many things in the politics and directions our country has taken for many years and still does. I remember the time when I realized that my youngest daughter was further away from the end of the Vietnam War than I was from the end of WWII. Something that seemed way in the past. Ancient history.
Mushroom cloud photo by Charles Levy taken from one of the B-29 Superfortresses used in the attack.
Gordon Parks: Back to Fort Scott is a new photography exhibit at the VMFA (Virginia Museum of Fine Arts). It runs from July 23rd to October 30th, 2016.
Gordon Parks (1912-2006) was an African American photographer for Life Magazine and also the well know author of the book The Learning Tree which he turned into a film in 1969.
This exhibit is from a photo essay Parks photographed in the early 50s when he traveled back to his home town of Fort Scott, Kansas to photograph his old classmates and friends. His project also took him to Chicago, Columbus, and Kansas City seeking his old friends. Although the essay never made it into Life Magazine as scheduled for April 1951, it is here in Richmond, Va along with many of the Life Magazine articles and photographs by Parks.
This is a great companion show to the exhibit Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic which runs through September 6.
For a few more images from Back to Fort Scott, click.