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Claude Jade and my favorite French actor Jean-Pierre Léaud, in Bed And Board (1970)
Directed by Francois Truffaut

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Seemingly Opaque

new Richard Marshall :

"Me, you, chairs, mountains, planets are concrete material objects … Shadows, holes, silence, the absent Napoleon in your room, these are examples of concrete immaterial objects. Social order turned on its head may lead to solutions, so we might opt for the fundamentality of a negative, immaterial over a positive, material reality. Negative truths may be more fundamental than positive ones. This may seem too obscure. But a photographic negative, though hard to read and seemingly opaque, contains all the information we see when developed."

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As much as I love LA I’m still missing Chicago; the people I met & worked with at Chicago Opera Theatre, the sometimes-wet bracingly cold walks to and from rehearsals on this very street, 11 months ago.

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The xx in their current show -
Photo by Chad Batka for The NYTimes

A pressurized hush in a cavernous space

"Instead of entering the hall through the Armory’s main foyer on Park Avenue, the 45-member audience is directed to an entrance on 66th Street that leads to an underground, bullet-ridden passage, which once served as a shooting range. At the end of the tunnel, audience members find themselves inside a stark, white, cubelike structure just 60 feet wide. There they form a perimeter around a sunken stage on which the band is already waiting."


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Part of La Scarzuola, located between Rome and Florence; design & construction started in 1956 by TOMASO BUZZI using an abandoned 13th-century Franciscan monastary.

Photo by Gianni Oprandi

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"As if that blind rage had washed me clean, rid me of hope; for the first time, in that night alive with signs and stars, I opened myself to the gentle indifference of the world."

Albert Camus, “L’Étranger”