jolie laide

jolie laide

I started this when I lived in Brooklyn and struggled for grace in a city that grants moments of beauty and ugliness breathtakingly close to one another. Now I live in a place where things are a different kind of ugly and the beauty is pedestrian. I struggle with that.


We are having a long, looping discussion with glasses of wine and a view of the Hudson River. A turn in the joking and laughing and I look up to see the sun lowering a bit, still clutched high in the teeth of stepped skyscrapers. The conversation turns again, and this time the sun has dropped to hide its face behind the mantilla of trees. Later still and the ferocious orange light is flaming a little girl sitting at another table, the sun is about to slip below the water line, but not without turning her into fuzzy pumpkin first.

I have stayed too long, but I float out into a beautiful night with the streets of Tribeca filled with people, spilling over sidewalk cafes, chatting, smoking. Two men on one corner have made each other laugh so hard they are staggering, throwing their heads back, their teeth shining. I turn the corner and in an unlit entryway I see a well dressed young woman, stacked around her feet are the large plastic covered trays from a catered party. She is chewing vociferously, more food clutched in her hands, her face aimed into the darkness, away from the street.

I head to the subway, to Brooklyn, to home.


Blogger cherrydragonut said...

fuzzy pumpkin...and...vociferously chewing. Humm you've done it again jolie ttractor laide!

The other day I was bitching and my friend told me that "the oldest wine is often the best one on the shelf, so long as it isn't vinegar." That really hit the spot.

Nice phots too. Are you keeping the walls white? Minimalistic?

Full moon tonight. I used to go to these drumming circles every full moon in a garden in the East Village. Amazing how things change. I am in a different place right now.

Saw a cool article called Seduction by fig in the LA Times online today.

Sleepy. "I'm gonna take my lunch."

1:25 PM  
Blogger slickaphonic said...

just beautiful.

4:19 PM  
Blogger Miscellanie said...

Brooklyn as home--hello again.

10:33 PM  

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