The agreeable eye

an eudæmonistarchives

More specifically concerning: ninsta

wayside

11 April 2014, around 20.43.

punchbowl

20 September 2014, around 9.35.

another walk

1 May 2016, around 15.00.

acedia

6 June 2016, around 12.16.

afternoon commute

30 August 2016, around 14.18.

none intrudes

3 September 2016, around 10.26.

7 September 2016 – Paris

7 September 2016, around 19.12.

Day 1 (belated). Walked south and stopped in at the church of Saint-Séverin, built to honor a fifth century hermit. A Romanesque church was built on the site in the eleventh century, but the present structure is the accretion of centuries onto a thirteenth century building. There are some quite nice gargoyles on the outside, […]

8 September 2016 – Paris

8 September 2016, around 19.25.

Day 2. Walked north to Sacré-Cœur, because PF wanted to see inside before the crowds arrived. The last time we were in Paris (some six years ago) we sat outside on a step reading while a constant pulse of people took nearly 45 minutes to circulate through the building. I wish there had been a […]

9 September 2016 – Paris

9 September 2016, around 19.28.

Day 3. Headed west to go to Rodin museum, but spotted the late nineteenth century church of Saint-François-Xavier and stopped to look around. It appeared a suitable, sober, appropriate 19th century church and so, indeed, it proved. The lines were bright and clean, most of the artwork tasteful if mediocre – and I will admit […]

10 September 2016 – Paris

10 September 2016, around 19.30.

Day 4. Headed north and a bit east to the Picasso Museum – a lingering irritability about Rodin making us somewhat hesitant, especially knowing two floors of the museum are currently closed to prepare for a new exhibition. We needn’t have worried. The basement featured an exhibit by Spanish artist Miquel Barceló (one of his […]

11 September 2016 – Paris

11 September 2016, around 19.31.

Day 5. We have reached that portion of the vacation where we are no longer disposed to be pleased by anything – though we did make the obligatory pilgrimage to 12 Rue de l’Odeon while we waited for bookstores to open. After that, there was nothing to be done but retreat to the comfort of […]

12 September 2016 – Paris

12 September 2016, around 19.33.

Day 6. We decided to walk east along the Blvd. Saint-Germain until we got tired or could think of a destination. We stopped in at the late 17th-century church of Saint-Nicolas du Chardonnet, which had the eeriest sense of tension about it of any church I’ve been in. A priest patrolled the aisles, and such […]

13 September 2016 – Paris

13 September 2016, around 19.35.

Day 7. We went to Notre Dame first, thinking to climb the towers and admire the grotesques, but at opening time the guard estimated the line was already 45 minutes long – and to the unpracticed eye it certainly looked longer. So we decided to head to Père-Lachaise Cemetery (on which more anon) via the […]

14 September 2016 – Paris

14 September 2016, around 19.38.

Day 8. Took the Métro to the Balzac house museum – first time not venturing out on foot for these excursions. The Maison de Balzac is in the 16th arrondissement, just across the river from that dreadful iron tower. Like most house museums, it is an odd assortment of personal belongings and contextual clues – […]

15 September 2016 – Paris

15 September 2016, around 19.41.

Day 9. We intended to climb the towers at Notre Dame today, and waited in line in the rain for some twenty minutes to find out there was a strike and the towers were shut. So we went to the Centre Pompidou and found we had arrived forty minutes too early. We wandered away to […]

16 September 2016 – Crézan

16 September 2016, around 19.41.

Day 10. And at last we have arrived. It is autumn – the haws are ripening and the cyclamen are blooming. We’ve taken our country walk and are ready to curl up with a book.

17 September 2016 – Bibracte

17 September 2016, around 19.43.

Day 11. Our first real ‘excursion’ – to the Gaulish site of Bibracte on Mont Beuvray in Burgundy. Abandoned after the Roman conquest of Gaul (in favor of the town of Autun, which some scholars had believed to be the site of the battle of Bibracte – where Caesar defeated the Helvetii in 58 BCE), […]

19 September 2016 – Paris

19 September 2016, around 19.45.

Day 13. Reached saturation level for museums today. All the busts of Antinous merged at last into the unattainable; the funerary reliefs of society ladies looked at eternity with boredom; the sirens and sphinxes on red figure vases bemused and befuddled and bewildered. In short, it was worth the 45-minute wait in the mizzle. · […]

looking up

17 October 2016, around 12.23.

mistook

12 August 2017, around 12.00.

portents

21 August 2017, around 9.22.

sunset

21 October 2017, around 20.29.

I found a copy of The Golden Peaches of Samarkand for $8 at Kona Bay Books this afternoon, and after sunset we went wading.

out for a walk

23 December 2017, around 10.40.

kamurj

13 February 2018, around 7.43.

Exploring new bridges.

gauntlet

9 October 2018, around 15.14.

Risible mending. The whole question of fashion, slow or fast or pedestrian, reminds me of something Henry James puts into the mouth of Mme Merle: …you will see that every human being has his shell, and that you must take the shell into account. By the shell I mean the whole envelope of circumstances. There […]

day’s end

19 October 2018, around 18.34.

angular

7 May 2019, around 10.11.

Noticing new angles.

nordiska

15 May 2019, around 6.06.

There is only one sweater that I make, really. I try to follow different patterns, but the result usually ends up being more or less the sweater that I always make. This holds true for other things too – the ways in which I work, the ways in which I read, usw. I try other […]

radiant

22 May 2019, around 10.38.

A rut is only a problem if you don’t like where you’re going.

Astoria

29 October 2019, around 6.51.

meander

29 December 2019, around 11.06.

Looking for new paths to familiar places.

punctum

25 January 2020, around 8.50.

Best way to start the day.

pedestrian

29 April 2020, around 15.23.

It is the small extraordinary things – the excitement of a new pair of pantaloons, the tragedy of a lost pair of gloves, the satisfaction of completing a fair copy to go to the publisher, the suggested tedium of training the maid to mark patterns – that stand out in reading Dorothy Wordsworth’s journals. Although […]

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