Monthly Archives: October 2012

Those Nameless Naked Girls

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: Who do you think is the most photographed nude model of all time? I’ve often heard it claimed that Bettie Page holds that title. As much as I love Bettie, I’m not so sure that’s accurate. It … Continue reading

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Quiz o’ th’ Day

Fenster writes: What is it? Hubble image? Detail of painting by Redon? Chimpanzee art? Painting by a schizophrenic? Fan mail from a Flounder? None of the above?

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Letter from China: All Chinese Animals Numerous; Some More Numerous Than Others

Fenster writes: 1. “So  Many People” I am at a meeting with a senior official of the provincial education department.  We are discussing the state role in higher education.  Today, I am more reliant than ever on my translator since … Continue reading

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Question Lady Question

The Question Lady writes: As Sandy approaches, I wonder: What’s the worst weather you’ve ever been in?

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Letter from China

Fenster writes: When I had not yet begun to study Zen thirty years ago, I thought that mountains are mountains and waters are waters. Later when I studied personally with my master, I entered realization and understood that mountains are … Continue reading

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Question Lady Question

The Question Lady writes: When you’re tired but have something you really need/want to do, what’s the best strategy you’ve hit on to revive your energy?

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Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: In the 1951 “Juliette” Marcel Carne attempts to evoke Cocteau but mostly succeeds in calling attention to his unCocteauness. The movie is gauche where it needs to be lyrical, deliberate where it needs to be suggestive. … Continue reading

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Question Lady Question

The Question Lady writes: What’s your favorite tv genre? Me, I love true crime, total addict. I have forced Paleo Retiree to watch hundreds of true crime shows with me.

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“Frog Song”

Paleo Retiree writes: A truly oddball 2007 Japanese “pink” movie from director Shinji Imaoka, who also made “Underwater Love,” another memorably peculiar entertainment. It’s a slow-moving, low-budget and quickly-shot, ultra-lowkey kitchen-sink-type drama (with some touches of whimsy) about a pair … Continue reading

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Birthday Day at UR

Blowhard, Esq. writes: I dedicate this song to The Question Lady, who turns 23 today.

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