photo diary/ the louvre.

photographs taken at the Louvre in Paris, France with a Minolta X-700 works of art, in order: 1 & 2: The Winged Victory of Samothrace, artist unknown 3: Mona Lisa by Da Vinci 4: Venus de Milo by Alexandros of Antioch 5: St. Mary Magdalene, attributed to Gregor Erhart 6: Portrait of Madame Recamier by Jacques Louis David Advertisements

photo story/ borghese hermaphroditus

The Louvre was enormous and impossible to navigate. My brother held the map and led us to the main attractions: The Mona Lisa, St. Mary Magdalene, Venus de Milo. We passed Sleeping Hermaphroditos by mistake. The mattress, carved by Bernini, looks anything but stone-like. You want to touch it. You want to confirm its hardness. […]

to waste time pleasantly.

Melancholy diminishes as I write.  Why then don’t I write it down oftener?  Well, one’s vanity forbids.  I want to appear a success even to myself.  Yet I don’t get to the bottom of it.  It’s having no children, living away from friends, failing to write well, spending too much on food, growing old.  I […]