Monday, April 7, 2008

A la carte


Item 1: Paul McCartney wrote a loving tribute to his late wife Linda for the Times Online

The article entitled “Sir Paul McCartney on Linda” coincides with an exhibition of Linda McCartney’s photographs at James Hyman Gallery, 5 Savile Row (we swor), in London on April 25, 2008. You don’t get many opportunities to read Paul McCartney prose, so this is well worth checking out. For those of us who see a dark side in everything, Paul has given us a couple statements to ponder.

Soon after the Tube picture was taken I broke up with the Beatles, which was a horrendous thing for me.

“I broke up with the Beatles” seemed like an odd way to say it, until I thought about it linguistically and realized there weren’t really any better alternatives. Paul also revealed that "Whiter Shade of Pale" by Procol Harum was the song that brought them together. That could start a few conversations.

But the most interesting passage was this:

For me, probably the saddest and most haunting photograph in this collection is the self-portrait she took in 1997, not long before she died in 1998, in Francis Bacon’s studio in South Kensington. Linda was a great art lover. She had studied art at college in Arizona and her father had a phenomenal collection. So she’d grown up with great art. She admired Francis Bacon greatly and had an opportunity through a friend to photograph his studio after he died. We knew the people who looked after his studio. It was going – the entire contents – to Dublin. She went along and took some pictures. This one is a classic. With the cracked mirror it’s particularly eerie. It is a very strange but powerful picture. I’m not sure, but that looks like somebody’s death mask on the right of the picture.



Bacon’s final work was an unfinished self portrait. No one mentioned that it surprisingly looks like it was imaged through the same cracked mirror.



Item 2: In other news, the ever-observant Mike's Blog reported that there has been a slight change in the "schedule" on the Iamaphoney YouTube page. "Ulaanbaatar" has been added two slots after the April 10 interview date. A rather obscure story from Mongolia is hitting all the Beatles sites about a monument to the Beatles in Ulaanbaatar. The original story is here. Prime Minister Bayar announced that the Beatles launched the globalization process with their music. The New World Beatles Order, I suppose.

Item 3: We have a new video from youknowmyname231:
Two for One (#16)
Thanks to Anonymous for providing some links about the word Episemon, which is shown at the end of the video. Definition of Episemon. More Information.

8 comments:

65if2007 said...

*****“I broke up with the Beatles” seemed like an odd way to say it, until I thought about it linguistically and realized there weren’t really any better alternatives.*****


But what really happened is that the Beatles disbanded as a group.

"I broke up with the Beatles" sounds as if the Beatles continued to exist as a group without him - which isn't so.

I don't read a great deal of significance into that sentence, except that it's reminiscent of the same curious mindset that he had been in years ago -- as broadcast in RA 38 -- when he stated that he joined the Beatles as an already set-up affair...set- up affair...already set-up affair (sounds of lightning in the background).

MikeNL said...

indeed

Jude said...

Allreaddy set-up afffairrr...
(ominous music plays in the background)

Anonymous said...

Wasn't there a recent discovery that the correct transation of the mark of the beast SHOULD be the number 616???? I know I read that somewhere, 'coz I spent the following days after I read it making jokes about how Iron Maiden should change the lyrics to their song.

Vince.

Anonymous said...

The number 616 appears in some manuscripts (there are 1000's), but the discrepancy, according to some ancient reports and modern scholars, is due to scribal error when copying the letters.

Tafultong said...

666 or 616

http://tinyurl.com/znaan

Anonymous said...

Lennon used much the same language, i.e., "I want a divorce" when he approached Paul about breaking up.

65if2007 said...

*****Lennon used much the same language, i.e., "I want a divorce" when he approached Paul about breaking up*****

What Lennon said prospectively has nothing to do with the inaccuracy of what "Paul" said after the fact.