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hurry boy, she's waiting there for you..

there are conversations, discussions even, that you can't imagine having with anyone else than a certain someone. other friends & lovers wouldn't understand, giving you the wrong look or changing the subject as quickly as possible.

i don't see my friend henk as much as i would like and i'm sure - how presumptuous! - that this feeling is mutual. i need him, he's my soundboard, he articulates the things i can't pin down.

we met for not much more than an hour on this cold, rainy afternoon, drinking earl grey in a small italian place and eating the most likely least italian sandwiches available..

it appears that great minds not only think but also forget alike as well. neither of us could remember the name of a writer we were talking about - among too many other things in not nearly enough time - but both confident we meant the same person.

back home i did some research (that's another way of saying i looked through some books) and i found a photograph of her taken by henri cartier-bresson in 1946. a woman in her early thirties, give or take a few years. her name is carson mccullers and she's the author of the heart is a lonely hunter.


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Sep. 25th, 2004 04:03 am (UTC)
"great minds forget alike" !!!
your writing is picturesque,i almost smelled the earl gray :)
Sep. 25th, 2004 06:47 pm (UTC)
Re: "great minds forget alike" !!!
hehe.. really? actually i'm more of a darjeeling person..
by the way, i added you. just don't expect me to write greek. i've forgotten most of what i knew when i was a kid.. :p
Sep. 27th, 2004 02:04 am (UTC)
Re: "great minds forget alike" !!!
thanx for adding :) how come you knew any greek?
Sep. 27th, 2004 01:37 pm (UTC)
Re: "great minds forget alike" !!!
my grandmother (my mother's mum) is from crete..
Sep. 27th, 2004 11:54 pm (UTC)
Re: "great minds forget alike" !!!
ever been down here?

Sep. 30th, 2004 02:24 pm (UTC)
Re: "great minds forget alike" !!!
yes, but not recently..
Oct. 1st, 2004 12:11 am (UTC)
Re: "great minds forget alike" !!!
you`re welcome anytime
Sep. 25th, 2004 03:17 pm (UTC)
"tea,  earl grey,  hot"

Sep. 25th, 2004 06:53 pm (UTC)
"we are out of earl grey, captain. please make another selection.."

Sep. 25th, 2004 09:06 pm (UTC)
So true, you do have a way with words.
Sep. 26th, 2004 10:39 pm (UTC)
someone once described it as a combination of a vivid imagination and - because english isn't my first language - the use of more uncommon synonyms for words. or something like that.. :p
Sep. 27th, 2004 07:39 am (UTC)
Yes! Or, to quote Steve Martin from 'LA Story":

"People like me because of the interesting word usements I structure."

Oct. 1st, 2004 05:05 pm (UTC)
i really need to read some Carson Muccullers soon. i hear her short stories are amazing. it just so happens i am at a library at the moment, perhaps i will make use of the opportunity :p
Jan. 3rd, 2005 08:51 am (UTC)
she was also a great storyteller
i translated one of her short stories into Russian for a book that will be published soon
and cartier-bresson was really a genius of image-making
Jan. 13th, 2005 12:19 am (UTC)
i've read that many of her colleagues didn't take her seriously. that she was only a "minor author" and that her work wasn't "literature".
i don't think that's entirely true. i've read only some of her work, and so far i quite like it. and isn't that all that matters really?
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