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28
Apr

"On Top" Brand (Bronze) – Lowell, Florida

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Citrus Packing Crate Label (Circa 1930s) from the Collection of the Blogger – Detail

28
Apr

JERRY’S GIRLS – Three Incarnations

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Ted Hook’s Onstage Theatre, New York – “A Musical Supper Club” (1981)
With Evalyn Baron, Alexandra Korey, Leila Martin, and Pauletta Pearson
Staged and Directed by Larry Alford

Royal Poinciana Playhouse, Palm Beach (Opening Night, 28 February 1984) – National Tour
With Carol Channing, Andrea McArdle, and Leslie Uggams
Staged and Directed by Larry Alford

St. James Theatre, New York (Opening Night, 18 December 1985)
With Dorothy Loudon, Chita Rivera, and Leslie Uggams
Staged and Directed by Larry Alford

Jerry’s Girls had a long popular success in Australia.

28
Apr

Josef Frank, "Zodiaken" (1935-1940) – Textile Design

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Printed on Linen by Ljungberg’s for Svenskt Tenn

Published in Kristina Wängberg-Eriksson’s Book Josef Frank: Textile Designs (2007)

26
Apr

An Excursion

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The blogger and his partner made an excursion to this cedar forest one afternoon during the week in July 2001 they were staying with Edmund White and his partner at their house in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. The high points of those days–for the blogger–were listening to Edmund read from the novel he was writing (Fanny: A Fiction) and having dinner with our hosts and James Lord at Oustau de Baumanière (2 Michelin stars) in Les Baux.

24
Apr

In the Footsteps of E. M. F.

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The Italian hill town of Monteriano in Forster’s novel Where Angels Fear to Tread (1905) is modeled on San Gimignano and Santa Deodata is modeled on Santa Fina. Forster writes:

“One of the towers, rough as any other, was topped by a cross–the tower of the Collegiate Church of Santa Deodata. She was a holy maiden of the Dark Ages, the city’s patron saint, and sweetness and barbarity mingle strangely in her story. So holy was she that all her life she lay upon her back in the house of her mother, refusing to eat, refusing to play, refusing to work. The devil, envious of such sanctity, tempted her in various ways. He dangled grapes above her, he showed her fascinating toys, he pushed soft pillows beneath her aching head. When all proved vain he tripped up the mother and flung her downstairs before her very eyes. But so holy was the saint that she never picked her mother up, but lay on her back through all, and thus assured her throne in Paradise. She was only fifteen when she died, which shows how much is within the reach of any schoolgirl.”

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Film Adaptation of Where Angels Fear to Tread Seen in New York (26 March 1992)

24
Apr

Ovulos Vaginales

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Product of Abello (Madrid)

Tin from the Collection of the Blogger

24
Apr

Chianti Roses from Podere Fiume, Maremma (Italy)

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These roses were cultivated (and photographed) by the blogger.

23
Apr

A Trout

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21
Apr

Admit One

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Ticket for a Showing of Raise the Red Lantern at the Sag Harbor Theatre on 12 July 1992

From the Collection of the Blogger

21
Apr

"On Top" Brand (Red) – Lowell, Florida

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Citrus Packing Crate Label (Circa 1930s) from the Collection of the Blogger – Detail