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2005.08.05 11:01
"I'm a believer": author of 'the Da Vinci Code' defends marriage of Christ theory
Brides of Christ are an interesting group of women. My favorite is St. Catherine de Ricci. you'll have to go elsewhere to read about the "ring" on Catherine's finger.

2005.08.05 15:17
Brideshead Revisited
Virtual traveling is likely the closest I'll ever come to Castle Howard from now on.
As to the Mausoleum by Hawksmoor, here's what Smith writes beginning the "Acknowledgments": "I first became interested in the history of Castle Howard when, as an undergraduate, I wrote a dissertation on eighteenth-century mausolea: the mausoleum at Castle Howard was much the most significant, as well as the best documented." The final chapter of The Building of Castle Howard is entitle "The Mausoleum".
Returning to the notion of Vanbrugh as (Restoration/Baroque) playwright, and the way that Vanbrugh's personality is described by contemporaries, I was reminded of the main character of Greenaway's The Draughtsman's Contract.

I haven't read any of Vanbrugh's plays yet, but I might start with The Country House.
I forgot to mention this before--the Castle Howard-Ichnographia Campi Martii connection may also be found in some of Piranesi's individual plans within the large plan. For example, the Porticus Gratiani, Valentiniani et Theodosii somehow reminds me of the plan of Castle Howard (sorry there's no image to offer now)--the plans are not what you would call 'alike', but they both strive for maximum effect through minimum means.
Just for fun, did you know that when an image of Boullee is shown in Grennaway's The Belly of an Architect, the image shown is actually that of Piranesi?!

2005.08.06 12:11
Archinecters, don't be afraid. It only looks like a trap.

2005.08.06 12:21
Dubai: the city of the 21st century!
I heard the Vatican is thinking about buying all the Dubai island reenactments and then build churches on them. It's the only way that they can think of to make the Middle East more Catholic again.

2005.08.06 12:53
Do you remember...
...when 10 year-old you and your 13 year-old brother took the subway by yourselves downtown to go to the movies. Then there wasn't enough movie to see It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, so you went around the corner and saw From Russia with Love.
"And don't tell mom that we saw this movie instead!"
And then my copybook at school was never the same again, I mean, how many times can you draw

in it?
Next year I was drawing building sections.
But before all that, there was playing miniature golf along the Iron Curtain, dinner in Iceland twice (same waitress--"Otto, why is it always fish?" "Steve, it's an island!"), and still being driven around in a Mercedes-Benz 220S.

2005.08.07 13:55
"How Did This Happen Revisited"
They all realized something was up when, at LIVE8 Philadelphia, Duchamp was always having these intense conversations with Adam. Marcel and Robert just told everyone that they were enjoying each other's Philadelphia Museum of Art anecdotes, seeing how the Adam drawing room from Lansdowne House is situated directly above the Duchamp gallery. Well, it all became clear what was going on at the performance of Duchamp's The Lucky Bums 4 August 2005. Marcel had asked Robert to design the sets for the play, and to "do Vanbrugh."
The Lucky Bums was a smash hit! Now everyone's reading The Good Soldier while remembering Grace, Rainier, Maria and Otto in the leading roles. And boy does Marcel know how to strictly adhere to an existing narrative.
As a surprise to everyone, Vanbrugh was the guest of honor at the performance, and, as he liked the play so much, he immediately decided to deliver a paper for the Horace Trumbauer Architecture Fan Club Convention the very next day, hence "How Did This Happen Revisited." Everyone's still amazed by all the disclosures.

2005.08.07 14:22
Brideshead Revisited
And speaking of Jude Law, I never met him either, but I did meet a character he played in 1997.

Actually, I met Danny and Jim simultaneously, in a very intimate social situation, i.e., playing Psycho Dice on a screened-in porch facing the Atlantic Ocean on a late August 1979 Sunday afternoon. I don't know what Danny was like in 1981 before Jim shot him dead, but in 1979 Danny stuck to Jim like a desperate puppy. I remember how a look in Danny's eyes told me he was beginning to get jealous of Jim, Billy P. and I having lots of fun playing games, etc.
Berendt never met Danny, but he kinda described him correctly.
The last time I saw Jim was early August 1989. He had just gotten back from Venice and spent a lot of time showing Lance travel snapshots. Jim loved to pontificate, and one of his favorite expressions was "You don't know a thing!" One of the last things I ever said to Jim made everyone else laugh when, after he was done telling yet another one of his attention grabbing stories, I simply said, "You don't know a thing!"
"And we become these human jukeboxes, spilling out these anecdotes."
--Six Degrees of Separation



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