J[A-Z]Z p1ck ( Flight to Jordan | Duke Jordan, 1960

photo:Francis Wolff / design: Reid Miles

Duke Jordan, I Should Care, 1960
(Sammy Cahn, Axel Stordahl, Paul Weston) 
Bonus track on CD reissue

Recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on August 4, 1960

Duke Jordan - piano 
Dizzy Reece - trumpet
Stanley Turrentine - tenor saxophone
Reggie Workman - bass
Art Taylor - drums

Duke Jordan 

Fårö island, Baltic Sea | Ingmar Bergman, 1970-79

Fårö Document 1979 | Ingmar Bergman, 1979

When Bergman first came to the island he felt he had found his real home.

The first was intuitive. This is your landscape, Bergman. It corresponds to your innermost imaginings 
of forms, proportions, colors, horizons, sounds, silences, lights and reflections. 
Security is here. Don't ask why. Explanations are clumsy rationalizations with hindsight. 
In, for instance, your profession you look for simplification, proportion, exertion, relaxation, breathing. 
The Fårö landscape gives you a wealth of all that.

Rauks at Langhammars, Fårö

Fårö is a small, 113 km-square, island in the Baltic Sea, linked by ferry to its larger neighbour, Gotland.

Fårö dokument | Ingmar Bergman, 1970

Before his arrival on Fårö, Ingmar Bergman was somewhat sceptical. Looking for a location to
 shoot Through a Glass Darkly, he had decided that the Orkney Islands might be suitable.
His production team dismissed his idea as too expensive, suggesting that Bergman ought at least
to take a look at Fårö, a place he had never previously visited. His encounter with the island was

"If one wished to be solemn, it could be said that I had found my landscape, 
my real home; if one wished to be funny, one could talk about love at first sight."

Fårö dokument | Ingmar Bergman, 1970

He also made two documentary films about the island and its inhabitants: Fårö Document 
and Fårö Document 1979. When filming Persona he discovered an area of land that he
subsequently purchased and built a house on. He stayed there as often as his Stockholm duties
would allow until 2003, when he sold his apartment in Stockholm and moved permanently to Fårö.
 He has very seldom left the island ever since. In the early 1970s Bergman almost realised his plans
 to build his own film production centre on Fårö, but those plans were thwarted by the highly-
publicised trouble he had with the tax authorities which forced him into exile. He did, however,
build a fully functional studio there, where Scenes from a Marriage was filmed.

Including Through a Glass Darkly, Bergman was to shoot six films and one television series on Fårö.

Fårö Document 1979 | Ingmar Bergman, 1979

The films which make the most expressive use of the distinctive Fårö landscape are
Through a Glass Darkly, Persona, Shame and A Passion. The barren, stony landscape
framed by the Baltic Sea, has often been regarded as a metaphor for some of his
characters' inner emotional states.

 Fårö Document 1979 | Ingmar Bergman, 1979

Ingmar Bergman died in his home at Fårö on July 30, 2007, at age 89.

Fårö Document 1979 | Ingmar Bergman, 1979


Saturdays / Mood / Drowned stars | Petya Dubarova, 1962-79

 Petya Dubarova


On Saturdays I'm unappreciated -
wild, flexible, and lively as a lynx.
And tiredness, having turned into a whim,
vacates me like a wound - healed up and faded.

School totally collapses in my mind
and I am far from registers an blackboards.
A hundred thousand rivers run towards me,
tints, hues, and rainbows fill my eyes,

and I get rhythms from those gipsy women.
I'm very, very strong - a vine in spring,
and I turn my guitar into a tear;
I never ask questions, never listen.

On Saturdays I'm unappreciated -
wild, flexible, and lively as a lynx.
And fear, sorrow, tiredness or whims
vacate me like a wound - healed up and faded.

And I'm not even sure who I am.
But when I put on Monday's uniform -
that blackboard-tunic once again,
I turn into a good girl as before.


The whole sky stumbled on a cloud,
And tumbled like a temple dome.
Then like a plane, it shrieked, it shouted.
And I saw, angered again and dumb,

The night rain, lean to kick
The clipped off border of the cloud.
Joy, branching out in me, was an oak
And vast the width of its crown...

For my life is a playful minute,
Snatched by a long day - instantly,
I live quite unnoticed in it
But now all the sky lives in me.

Drowned stars

Drowned stars are floating on the sea.
Salt burnt the freshness of their colour.
How softly, without taking leave,
they lost both light and power.

But I would turn my heart right now
into a pyramid, a sell,
and it would bring them back alive,
ripe in its flesh, like a shell.

Petya Dubarova
 tr. D. D. Wilson / The Sea and Me, 1980

  Petya Dubarova

Dubarova committed suicide via sleeping pills overdose on
December 4, 1979 at the age of 17. She left a note that says:

Petya Dubarova, 1962-79

'To My Father', a poem Petya Dubarova wrote when she was 13


Simplicity / Passion / Movement / Comfort / Love | Coco Chanel, 1883 - 1971

Gabrielle Bonheur "Coco" Chanel, 1920

“A girl should be two things: who and what she wants.” 

“I’m neither smart nor stupid, but I don’t think I’m a run-of-the-mill person.”

“In order to be irreplaceacle, one must always be different.” 

“The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.”

“Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door.”

“My life didn't please me, so I created my life.” 

“Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.” 

Madame Varda wearing Chanel, Vogue, 1924 

“Fashion is architecture: it is a matter of proportions.” 

“Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.” 

“Elegance is refusal.” 

“Elegance comes from being as beautiful inside as outside.” 

“Fashion changes, but style endures.”

“A woman who doesn't wear perfume has no future.” 

“A woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life.”

“A woman with good shoes i never ugly!” 

Edward Steichen, Marion Morehouse in Coco Chanel black crepe dress with sequins and fringe, Vogue, May 1926

“Adornment, what a science! Beauty, what a weapon! Modesty, what elegance!” 

“Some people think luxury is the oppsite of poverty. It is not. It is the opposite of vulgarity”

“Nature gives you the face you have at twenty. Life shapes the face you have at thirty. 
But at fifty you get the face you deserve.”

“A woman can be over dressed but never over elegant.”

“I wanted to give a woman comfortable clothes that would flow with her body. 
A woman is closest to being naked when she is well-dressed.” 

“A beautiful dress may look beautiful on a hanger, but that means nothing. It must be seen 
on the shoulders, with the movement of the arms, the legs, and the waist.” 

 Edward Steichen, Marion Morehouse wearing a dress by Coco Chanel, 1926

“There are people who have money and people who are rich. They are not the same people.” 

“Men always remember a woman who caused them concern and uneasiness.”

“Fashion has two purposes: comfort and love. Beauty comes when fashion succeeds.” 

“A fashion that does not reach the streets is not a fashion” 

“Success is most often achieved by those who don't know that failure is inevitable.” 

“There is time for work. And time for love. That leaves no other time.” 

“Passion goes, Boredom remains.” 

“Sin can be forgiven, but stupid is forever.” 

Coco Chanel wearing a sailor's jersey and trousers, 1928

“Look for the woman in the dress. If there is no woman, there is no dress.” 

“Coquetry, it's a triumph of the spirit over the senses.” 

“When I find a colour darker than black, I'll wear it. But until then, I'm wearing black!” 

“Women hide their imperfections instead of accepting them as an added charm.” 

“Elegance is not the prerogative of those who have just escaped from adolescence, 
but of those who have already taken possession of their future.” 

“There is nothing more comfortable than a caterpillar and nothing more made for love 
than a butterfly. We need dresses that crawl and dresses that fly. Fashion is at once 
a captapillar and a butterfly, caterpillar by day, butterfly by night” 

“Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.”

“Only those with no memory insist on their originality.”

 Gabrielle Bonheur "Coco" Chanel,  1883 - 1971

 Coco Chanel, 1910                                                     Costumes for 'Le Train Bleu' Les ballets Russes
Horst P. Horst, Coco Chanel, 1937      Boris Lipnitzki,  Jewelry designer Fulco di Verdura and Coco Chanel, 1937
Horst P. Horst, Coco Chanel, Paris, 1937 
Chanel No. 5 perfume packaging, cardboard and paper case,1921


Το Ομορφότερο Πράμα του Κόσμου | Μιχαήλ Μητσάκης, 1920

Louise Bourgeois, Untitled, c. 1939-40

Ας τιναχθεί κι ας αφρίσει αποκάτου απ’ την καρένα η θάλασσα! Το τρελό το καράβι πηδάει, από κύμα σε κύμα. Ο καπετάνιος, προσεκτικός στις ετοιμασίες του ταξιδιού, προστάζει τους σιωπηλούς και πρόθυμους ναύτες.

Ο πιο νιος απ΄ όλους επήρε ένα κιουπάκι γεμάτο από παλιό και καλό κρασί, το σήκωσε, το ακούμπησε απάνου στον μπάγκο. Και κάθε ένας από τους ταξιδιώτες πίνει με τη σειρά του το ποτηράκι του, αφού πρωτύτερ’ αποκριθεί μ΄ ένα στίχο που τον παίρνει ο άνεμος, στην ερώτηση που του κάνουν όλων των ταξιδιωτών οι φωνές τριγύρω :

«Στο Θεό σου, πες μας, τι είναι το ομορφότερο πράμα στον κόσμο;»

Από πού έρχεται το καράβι, και πού πάει τάχα;

Τι μας μέλει; Του πιθαριού του το κρασί είναι γερό.

«Στο Θεό σου, πες μας, τι είναι το ομορφότερο πράμα στον κόσμο;»

- Το ομορφότερο πράμα στον κόσμο είναι η αγάπη μου, λέει ένας σπουδαστής, ίσα με είκοσι χρόνων. Ο έρωτας είναι η μόνη ευτυχία.

- Η ευτυχία είναι εις τον πόλεμο, πετάγεται ένας στρατιώτης. Το ομορφότερο πράμα στον κόσμο είν’ ένας καβαλάρης, που χύνεται με το σπαθί στο χέρι.

- Όσο έχω ΄γώ μια κασίτσα γεμάτη και καλά φυλαγμένη... λέει ο φιλάργυρος.

Και ο γεωργός απαντάει : - Είν΄ άλλο τίποτα ομορφότερο, από ένα χωράφι, χρυσωμένο απ’ άκρη σ’ άκρη με στάχυα;

Αλλά ο ποιητής ορθωμένος : - Με τη δάφνη η Ομορφιά στεφανώνεται. Τι ωραιότερο από τη δάφνη; Μα τον Απόλλωνα! Πού ακούστηκε πως η ευτυχία βρίσκετ’ αλλού παρά εις τη σκέψη;...

Μα ο μουσικός την ίδια την ώρα : - Τι τη θες τη σκέψη; Ένιωσες ποτέ σου τι λέει τ’ αηδόνι; Τ’ ακούς μοναχά, κι αυτό φτάνει.

Και ο ζωγράφος με πείσμα : - Η Ομορφιά δεν βρίσκεται σε ήχους και λόγια. Η Ομορφιά είναι εικόνα.

Μα κι ο φιλόσοφος, αγριεμένος : - Τι λέτε; τους κραίνει. Η Ομορφιά είναι η Αλήθεια.

- Είναι η Επιτυχία! φωνάζει με χειρονομίες ένας πολιτευόμενος, που πήγαινε στην παρτίδα του να βάλει κάλπη.

- Μωρέ, καλά λες! του κάνει αμέσως ο τυχοδιώκτης· η Ομορφιά είναι μια νταρντάνα με όξω τα στήθια, που κρατάει τα χαρτιά τού τυχερού τζογαδόρου.

- Ώ! μουρμουρίζει σιγά - σιγά κι ένας έμπορος, τι άσχημο που είναι να παίζεις. Να λογαριάζεις, μάλιστα, να πράγμα!

Μα κι ένας παπάς, κάνοντας το σταυρό του : - Ώ αδελφοί μου, τι καλύτερο από την πίστη, τι ομορφότερο από την προσευχή;...

Αλλά έξαφνα : - Κατάρα, εμούγγρισε ο καπετάνιος, και οι τραγουδιστάδες σιωπήσαν αμέσως τρομαγμένοι. Κατάρα!... Σκάστε, να πάρ’ ο διάβολος... Σφίχτε το πανί!...

Γιατί η θάλασσα είχεν αγριέψει, και για το ναυτικό, η Ομορφιά γελάει στου καραβιού του την πρύμη, όταν, ύστερ’ απ’ την καταιγίδα μπαίνει καμαρωτό στο λιμάνι.

Και την ίδια στιγμή, μια παρέα χαρούμενα σκυλόψαρα, ακολουθούσαν τ’ αυλάκι που χάραζε στα κύματα το πλοίο, κι εκουβέντιαζαν, κι έλεγαν αναμεταξύ τους :

- Το ομορφότερο πράγμα στον κόσμο, είναι ένα καράβι που πάει να βουλιάξει στο φούντο, γεμάτο από ταξιδιώτες...

Μιχαήλ Μητσάκης

Ο Νουμάς, Εφημερίς πολιτική κοινωνική φιλολογική, Τόμος 17, Τεύχος 684, 1920

Terracotta Fish Plate, Greek, Athens, 400-350 B.C.

Cheap Happiness or Lofty Suffering? | Fyodor Dostoyevsky, 1864

"I stood in the snow, gazing into the troubled darkness and pondered this.

"And will it not be better?" I mused fantastically, afterwards at home, stifling the living pang of my heart with fantastic dreams. "Will it not be better that she should keep the resentment of the insult for ever? Resentment--why, it is purification; it is a most stinging and painful consciousness! Tomorrow I should have defiled her soul and have exhausted her heart, while now the feeling of insult will never die in her heart, and however loathsome the filth awaiting her--the feeling of insult will elevate and purify her ... by hatred ... h'm! ... perhaps, too, by forgiveness .... Will all that make things easier for her though? ..."

And, indeed, I will ask on my own account here, an idle question: which is better--cheap happiness or exalted sufferings? Well, which is better?

So I dreamed as I sat at home that evening, almost dead with the pain in my soul. Never had I endured such suffering and remorse, yet could there have been the faintest doubt when I ran out from my lodging that I should turn back half-way? I never met Liza again and I have heard nothing of her. I will add, too, that I remained for a long time afterwards pleased with the phrase about the benefit from resentment and hatred in spite of the fact that I almost fell ill from misery."

Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Notes from the Underground, 1864

Water / Around | Georgia O'Keeffe / Margaret Atwood, 1970-2005

Georgia O'Keeffe, Untitled (abstraction blue wave and three red circles), 1970s

“Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. 
Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and 
nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone. 
Remember that, my child. Remember you are half water. If you can't go through an obstacle, 
go around it. Water does.” 

Margaret Atwood, The Penelopiad, 2005

Flick Review < Pickup on South Street | Samuel Fuller (1953)

Pickup on South Street (1953)
Director: Samuel Fuller
Writers: Samuel Fuller (screenplay), Dwight Taylor (story)
Cinematography: Joseph MacDonald
Stars: Richard Widmark, Jean Peters, Thelma Ritter

*Marilyn Monroe sat in on a rehearsal and actually read for the role of Candy. While director 
Samuel Fuller liked her very much, he said she was wrong for the part, telling her that her
 "overwhelming sensuality" was wrong for the story.

"It also wa's fine for my career. But tha' doesnt mean I'm going to put on a tight sweater 
and skirt anc slither around. I'm just not the type. On Marilyn Monroe it look good. 
On me it would just look silly."

Jean Peters
The Bee from Danville, Virginia, 1953

Pickup on South Street (1953)


"Chicago Tribune,” July 29, 1953
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