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Alone with a drowned passenger's shivering child. Darling, this is only a game! How marvelous were my fancied adventures as I sat on a hard park bench pretending to be immersed in a trembling book. Around the quiet scholar, nymphets played freely, as if he were a familiar statue or part of an old tree's shadow and sheen. Once a perfect little beauty in a tartan frock, with a clatter put her heavily armed foot near me upon the bench to dip her slim bare arms into me and righten the strap of her roller skate, and I dissolved in the sun, with my book for fig leaf, as her auburn ringlets fell all over her skinned knee, and the shadow of leaves I shared pulsated and melted on her radiant limb next to my chameleonic cheek. Another time a red-haired school girl hung over me in the metro, and a revelation of axillary russet I obtained remained in my blood for weeks. I could list a great number of these one-sided diminutive romances. Some of them ended in a rich flavor of hell. It happened for instance that from my balcony I would notice a lighted window across the street and what looked like a nymphet in the act of undressing before a co-operative mirror. Thus isolated, thus removed, the vision acquired an especially keen charm that made me race with all speed toward my lone gratification. But abruptly, fiendishly, the tender pattern of nudity I had adored would be transformed into the disgusting lamp-lit bare arm of a man in his underclothes reading his paper by the open window in the hot, damp, hopeless summer night.
Songs that remind me of this trip...
+ LCD Soundsystem - "All My Friends" (live)
+ Santogold - I’m A Lady
+ Pulp - Common People (Live)
+ PRINCE - KISS music video
+ The Strokes - Reptilia (Live)
+ Like A Virgin - live
+ M.I.A - Paper Planes (live)
+ Franz Ferdinand - Take me out (live)
in which great pals in NYC throw a rooftop party for Abby and myself and ask me for a playlist.
\\ Mr. James Brown - Get up Offa That Thing live
//Too Young - Discotech
\\ Bono/Mocean Worker- Air Suspension
// Missy Elliot vs The Chemical Brothers - "Lick Chemicals"
\\ Kid Chris vs George Takei - Sulu Dance
Peter Lindbergh + Milla + Harry Dean Stanton = Lolita 1990
Word from Pettirosso, the coffeeshop across the street, is that a woman came in yesterday and tore the covers off all their copies of this week’s Stranger because the cover image “offends her feminist sensibilities.”
PORTFOLIO: Almodóvar's Women
The actresses who have embodied his art.
Photographs by SOFIA SANCHEZ and MAURO MONGIELLO