THE JOY OF LETTING
WOMEN DOWN: Secrets of the Worshipped Male
good for mere words" says Nick
In case you
hadn't already seen it listed in our Other
Books section, this is a small but perfectly formed sort-of-sex-manual which
N and I collaborated on (I did the cartoons, she did
the, um, exposé). The reason I'm bringing it up
now is because Nick Barrett - journalist, critic, blogger
and life-commentator extraordinaire at taliesin's
log - has just posted the*most*
fabulous* review (he
also published it at BlogCritics)
which I urge you to read and then rush to Amazon
UK and order this little gem. How, you may well be
asking, can I claim to have done the cartoons when I
am myself a cartoon? Easy: I have the ability to pour
myself at will into other cartoon personages - male,
female or indeterminate.
Here is a taste
Joy of Letting Women Down
grown-ups and the immature will understand this book. ("WM" stands
Male and "rm" for reliable
male). Warning to the politically correct:
this book is not politically correct.
APPLES AND PEARS
is gratitude day. Quite a few brilliant bloggers have
warmed the cockles and muscles (OK, mussels) of our hearts
recently with their encouraging comments here or on their
blogs. We know we are great but it's essential
to hear it from other people once in a while. So here's
a big sweet thanks: firstly to our friend and fellow
Mac-enthusiast Michael Scott, who came over yesterday
to cure me of Digital Camera Anxiety and this is the
first result. I offer it in thanks and homage to Michael,
and to fellow bloggers who light up this space with their
presence and whose virtual homes I love to visit, and
who have mentioned me (and/or Natalie) lately : Liam
O'Donnell and Cassandra and Common
Beauty and Demian
Stimson and taliesin's
log and Nick
Piombino and Bongo
Vongo and Dick
Jones and Luigi
Bertuzzi and frizzylogic and Martin and Global
Suburbs and Kathryn
Petro and, whaddya know, both Ming and voice
of humanity have put Natalie on their lists of "People
to Watch". Go on, watch her all you want but keep
your best eye on me.
Some more types of THOUGHTS will be added
to the list this weekend.
Cox's English apple and Rocha Portuguese pear captured with Fujifilm
FinePix 205S by Augustine.
added six more kinds of THOUGHTS. I
wonder why I left those out in the first place?
The Kind We Have
is a puzzle: if a serious subject is approached in a
lighthearted yet profound way, using cartoons and a minimum
of words, why is it not given the serious consideration
that a weighty thesis on the same subject in many thousands
of words, with no cartoons, would be given?
above appeared while thinking about Bloggers
Parliament and the responses
to our questionnaire and the whole issue:
what is a problem, what is a solution, etc. Do I have
to elaborate on this? I'm trying to use more pictures,
We've begun posting Bloggers Parliament Members'
replies to the questionnaire we sent them recently.
Thought it would be all done in a couple of hours but
fiddling with tables, background colours, sorting out
who said what, copy/pasting, checking links and all the
usual tooth-grinding hair-tearing webpage-designing hassles,
it's only a quarter finished and that's taken all day.Plus
thinking about the content of the answers, of course.
Time for bed. (update 6:23 PM:
it's all done now. Glitches sorted out. Time for tea).
MOLTUAE : NUMBERS
January 13, 2004
and MBP Demian has
been doing wonderfully offbeat things since he turned
into a Doodle Blogger recently. If you are not yet a
fan, you soon will be. Do not miss, among other things,
his January 8th strip cartoon: A
Doodle Blog Solution for the Blaggers Parliament (
how to be a blogger even if you lack access to computers
and the blogiverse). In a naive but expressive style
of drawing and understated, tongue-in-cheek text he manages
to insert subtle and serious food for thought. His latest
spark is Advertice :
advertisements that are part advert, part advice, and
he writes: "I'd love to
see other people come up with adverticements of their
own - doesn't have to be in doodle form. could be photography
or text or whatever you do..."
So come on, friends, take up his challenge. Here's my first
adverticement. Thanks a lot for this inspiration, Dem.
DIGITAL CAMERA ARRIVES
were asked what we wanted for Christmas.
Rashly, N said: a digital camera.
I said nothing. Foolishly generous, the family got together and on Christmas
day gave N an envelope with the specified cash for the specified camera,
an unassuming little number with a good reputation, simple operation
and lots of useful features. How N knew this is because she wasted hours
scouring the net, reading all the reviews of all the digies
in the lower price range.
I tsk tsked the whole time, asking why we needed yet another gadget,
another concession to consumerism, another distraction from the gnovel?
She huffed, puffed and sneered that we were not going to use the
camera, she was going to use it and I could like it or lump it.
So I lumped it and said: is it going to end up like the camcorder which
has been gathering dust and condensation for the past ten years? Or the
electronic keyboard which has been sleeping under an attractive ethnic
shawl for the past....shall I go on? As you can imagine, my intervention
was not welcome. However, I persisted and threatened to withdraw my blog
unless the digital camera was going to be under my jurisdiction.
That did it. Without Blaugustine, who is Natalie? So, yes, you may see
some digital photos here but they will be my digital photos. And
first of all the camera has to be taken out of its box.
that this blog's friends and visitors will remember Pat
too, I'm copying the Obituary published in the New
York Times today:
SIDES Patricia A. - Died in her
sleep January 1, 2004, after a long illness. Born in Cyprus, she
was raised in California, in Riverside and San Mateo, and educated
at Pomona College, Stanford University and Universita di Firenze,
Italy. An adventurous spirit, she combined her love of travel with
writing and foreign language to create a career in television from
the 1960s on. Over the next 30 years, residing in NYC, she won national
and international awards as a producer/director/writer of documentary
films. Her most recent work was as senior producer for the New York
office of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and for arts news
on MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour. Earlier for WNET/ 13, she produced two
Emmy award-winning series: "The New Immigrants'' and "Skyline
with Beverly Sills.'' For PBS, she produced a series hosted by Abba
Eban on "Heritage: Civilization and the Jews''; a series by
Bill Moyers on international issues and a series called "Woman
Alive!'' Documentaries for ABC included "Directions'' and "Make
A Wish.'' She worked in collaboration with Downtown Community Television
Center on films about people of other cultures from Cuba to Vietnam.
Her independent production, "Washington Square Wrap'' on the
sculptor Francis Hines, has been rebroadcast many times since 1982.
For the last several years, she devoted herself to volunteer work
for New England Border Collie Rescue. Pat will be much missed by
her beloved border collie, Katie, and her fellow rescuer and companion,
Viv Ramos, as well as her many friends. A memorial service will be
held Tuesday, January 13, 11 AM at the Church of the Resurrection,
119 E. 74 St. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to New
England Border Collie Rescue, c/o Jalyn White, 136 Edgemere Rd,
Coventry, Connecticut 06238, USA.
night we heard that our dearest and longest-known friend,
Patricia Sides - writer, documentary film producer, ballroom
dancer, life-enhancing human being - died in New York
at 3 AM on New Year's day. This is for Pat.
you skated lightly on life's thin ice
Travelled light, small bag packed
always ready to go. Hated shopping
Hated stopping when you could have
another cigarette. Didn't bet, didn't
look back with regret, never judged.
Gave your all, had a ball, won the
ballroom dancing prizes, won the film
award, never asked for more.
The dog came first, dog's life
with Pat was bliss. No dogs were
ever loved like this. And people
too, like me, lucky to be your pal.
How well we laughed, how well you knew
the simple rules of friendship.
Gliding lightly now in Paradise, glide this way
sometimes Patina, leave your smile here with me.