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From this Sunday’s NY Times Magazine:

He looked into his paper bag and then began to tell me how he met his wife. He had recently returned from London. It was one of those hot summer days when the clouds ripen and burst. He and his niece took cover under an old shelter near where we were sitting. Restored now — but gated and locked so vagrants can’t make it their home — it’s a symbol of a quaint era when conductors, not computers, collected fares, and trams were rattling trolleys rather than moving billboards.

His niece, he said, was reading from one of the “Victoria Plum” children’s books when a nurse leaned forward. “My name is Victoria because my mother craved Victoria plums when having me,” she told the girl. “Unlike the fairy in your book, I don’t live in a tree. But I do have her curly hair.” The niece giggled. The man realized he had seen Victoria before, near the hospital, around the corner. He thought she hadn’t noticed him, but she had, and that was her way of introduction. They spent the remainder of the afternoon together and never parted after that.

When the man pointed to the Orion constellation and started joining the dots I began to understand the playful nature of his relationship with his wife. But at a certain point, I realized he was talking about her in the past. “It is from February to May that I miss her most,” he said. “Our summer and autumn of falling in love, when Victoria plums are in season.

– excerpted from The Plum Eater

plumsIllustration by Melinda Josie

More on the illustrator can be found here

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[found at Derrick Lin’s,  1:87/tiny moments of agency life…go visit…]

 

contradiction

sunday choiceOn the road…..

Car bumper philosophy…the way we choose our leaders these days…humbug…

SnailsPace-finalweb

[More here at Incidental Comics…]

ledeckyKatie Ledecky   
Erik Madigan Heck for The New York Times

Artwork from the NY Times article, The Phenom, about Katie Ledecky, Olympic contender…this Sunday’s Olympics issue…

The struggle for time continues…

oxford circusTongue at Oxford Circus        © Bob Mazzer

Second week into new job…deep in the woods…posting light…

[more on photographer Bob Mazzer here]

…time to make some choices…

this or this_2

[h/t to thisisnthappiness…of course…]

…back on Friday…off the grid for a few…

pilot

…and the team is waiting…so let’s roll…

hells-angels-irving-pennHells Angels (San Francisco), 1967.
Irving Penn – Look magazine, January of 1968.

Power. That’s what it feels like when we ride in. On a three day weekend, we might have one-fifty, two-hundred bikes out on a run. People all get excited when they see us coming, and– I don’t know– it’s beautiful.

You know what it is, it’s a mind-blower. They come around with movie cameras. It’s really beautiful.

My brothers– that’s my whole life.  My brothers.  That’s all I’ve got.

Look magazine, January, 1968

[Note – the Look building, at Madison Avenue and 51st street in NYC, is where me and the Brunette first met. It’s also where Dylan recorded “The Times They Are a-Changin.” The building was also declared a landmark in 2010. For at least two excellent reasons. Just thought you’d like to know some additional historical references…]

© Bill Israel

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