Coudal Partners is an agency in Chicago with a witty, articulate web site with all sorts of artsy stuff–short films, stories, writing contests. The latest one we’ve been watching is the Booking Bands contest (now, unfortunately over, but still fun to think of) which involves combining a book with a band name, i.e. Horton Hears a Hoobastank or Megadeath of a Salesman. Look for an entry by yours truly, and others by the boss here, who won a prize. Hours of fun.
I haven’t read this quote’s source, but I do like it:
… no other railroad station in the world manages so mysteriously to cloak with compassion the anguish of departure and the dubious ecstasies of return and arrival. Any waiting room in the world is filled with all this, and I have sat in many of them and accepted it, and I know from deliberate acquaintance that the whole human experience is more bearable at the Gare de Lyon in Paris than anywhere else.
– M.F.K. Fisher
Potential Band Name Found in Everyday Conversation: Heated Pita.
Outside of Paris, there is no hope for the cultured.
These were all taken in the Pere Lachaise cemetary. The middle photo is of the statue that’s on Oscar Wilde’s tomb; the top is, well, Rossini’s grave (imagine that); and the bottom is photographic evidence of a Focus among all the mossy tombs and marble monuments. Because you have to be able to get around.