Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Clips from Dario's Film on YouTube
When we were working on Shocking and Awful, my neighbor, poet Jeanine Vega, said she had an Italian friend who had given her a film he put together from images that he and others had shot in Iraq, before and during the invasion in 2003. He had tried to get it shown in the US, to no avail. I said, well it sounds like something we could include in the Shocking and Awful series. Dario Bellini sent it and it is the last of the 12 part series. Elvira posted a section of it on YouTube and it has had 11,900 viewers and generated a great deal of emotional response. You can see the comments on the YouTube site.
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Glimpses of Ireland
WB Yeats looks down from a lamp post banner at a tent erected in front of the Irish Parliament. I tried to find out what they were protesting. The policeman said he thought it had something to do with child abuse. I looked on indymedia Ireland for an explanation to no avail.Che was celebrated all over the world today. Even in Bolivia.Ireland was no exception.At the National History Museum in Dublin, Sean told me to look for this little gold boat from the first century BC. The slender mast proves that there were sailing boats in those days. It was found in a farmer's field in County Derry. The farmer's wife washed the dirt off and almost lost some of the oars. I think the Irish tabloids are even more pervasive than those in the US. On the train from Dublin to Cork this woman spent her time with Brittany, OJ, Angelina and George Clooney.Walking through Dublin one comes across many different forms of street solicitation.This one seemed particularly clever.