August 25, 2005

The Amsterdam Notebooks—Page 25.

It's Day 25 of this 35 day project. (The set thus far.) I'm in the Rijksmuseum.

First, I draw some details from a nice "Temptation of St. Anthony" painting by Teniers — with my word balloons):

Amsterdam Notebook

Next, I record a little drama about the relationship between human beings and artwork... and between Dutch and German:

Amsterdam Notebook



zigzag said...

perhaps you may wish to comment on this, constitution-wise:

"we have lost all the gains we made over the last 30 years."


"we have lost all the gains we made over the last 30 years."

in february you wrote:


It's very touching when the President introduces Safia Taleb al-Suhail:

bush-- One of Iraq's leading democracy and human rights advocates is Safia Taleb al-Suhail. She says of her country, "we were occupied for 35 years by Saddam Hussein. That was the real occupation. 'Thank you to the American people who paid the cost' but most of all to the soldiers." Eleven years ago, Safia's father was assassinated by Saddam's intelligence service. Three days ago in Baghdad, Safia was finally able to vote for the leaders of her country - and we are honored that she is with us tonight. --endbush

She stands and holds her fingers up in the peace/victory sign, then rotates it around into a single index finger, the inkable voter's Finger of Democracy. Later, Bush introduces the parents of Marine Corps Sergeant Byron Norwood, who was killed in Iraq. Norwood's mother, Janet, is standing right behind al-Suhail and, at one point, the Iraqi woman turns around and embraces the American woman. The embrace goes on for a long time, and we imagine al-Suhail is thanking Janet Norwood for what her son gave to the Iraqi people. This long, symbolic embrace leaves a deep impression, beyond any words in the speech.


today the news says:


"When we came back from exile, we thought we were going to improve rights and the position of women. But look what has happened -- we have lost all the gains we made over the last 30 years. It's a big disappointment."
Safia Taleb al-Souhail
Iraq's ambassador to Egypt
Reuters interview
August 24, 2005


knox said...

This one made me laugh out loud. I used to work in a gourmet food shop and many of our customers were older Germans. I wouldn't call them stupid necessarily, but god love 'em, they were a pain in the ass to wait on. They tended to be perfectly nice and pleasant until we were out of something they wanted, or their meat wasn't sliced just right. Then it was like the furies unleashed.

Simon Kenton said...

When I was being cross-culturally sensitized, I was told that Americans would stop in front of a natural wonder and try to photograph it either with no one in the foreground, or with their pervert wagon (Winnebago). Japanese would spill out of a tour bus and line up in front of the attraction, so that the picture had faint pink lineaments, say, showing that the Grand Canyon lay behind the crowd. Germans would ask to photograph your gun.

Patrick Byrne said...

Ann, please end this cursed project!

Paul said...

You were in a pretty good mood that day, "Yo, Tony." It was kind of the guard to explain Germans to you too, well, I guess that's their secondary job. Not saying he wasn't right about this particular German whacking some poor artisit painting like that.

goesh said...

Pox! That I could'st but sketch
O! Dreams a'many on souls I'd etch
but alas! n'er a pretty penny to fetch
empowering lust's dreams like a vile wretch
naught but scribbled nudes, the feast of a letch
-Lonely Donut Man

Sigivald said...

Teniers, Eh?

Weird. From the sketch, I would have put big money on Bosch. Maybe fish-riding imps with pointy hats were all the rage in Belgium.