Saturday, October 31, 2009

From the Past, and Thoughts of the Future

Dear readers, here are a few random images from the past, ending with a book recommendation for the future.

Keith Haring's "Ten Commandments" was exhibited in the U.S. for the first time ever (at the Deitch Gallery in Long Island City, on loan from Nice, in France).

Remember when the world was ruled by folks who looked like those ones (above)? Don't worry, it soon will be again. That's if people like him (below) keep on putzing around (it seems to me) with the delusion that bipartisanship is possible with the radical clerics of the Republican Party of Hatred, Bigotry and No.

Meanwhile, for what it matters (a lot, actually), the New York Times Magazine presents a big article on the Obamas' Marriage.

All of this, and none of it will matter soon enough. For the future, I recommend a read of the book below. An excerpt from the preface follows.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Saint-Pierre and Miquelon

I never heard of these islands before: Saint-Pierre and Miquelon, "where France meets North America!" as the islands' excited web site says. The islands lie just south of Newfoundland, and 800 miles north-east of Boston, in the North Atlantic (see map below). Being close to French-speaking Canada, of course the islands are francophone, but they are also still French territorial possessions! In other words, Americans and Canadians have to pass through French (E.U.) passport control to visit the islands.

Tiny islands indeed. But size matters, and while in fact there are more than two of these petit morceaux, they are collectively known by the names of the two largest islands, naturally. Do not forget that after St Pierre and Miquelon there's also Ile aux Marins, Langlade,and many other little spits of rock.