[lit-ideas] Re: Sunday Twofer (small correction)

  • From: David Ritchie <profdritchie@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 11 Nov 2012 16:35:57 -0800

On Nov 11, 2012, at 4:32 PM, David Ritchie wrote:

> Having said in class that the lives of regular people disappear from history 
> as quickly as hand-picked vegetables, I thought this week I might try a 
> recording.  Testing, testing...this week I inverted Hopper's "Nighthawks," 
> looked out of a cafe window onto the early morning.  Because I had fasted, 
> and because the dean got sick and so canceled our rubrics meeting--"I rubric, 
> you rubric, he, she or it rubrics"--I *was* presented with an opportunity to 
> have breakfast out.  Usually this would be heresy.  To me the day should 
> start at home, with a newspaper, the light coming up like Jeeves, with coffee 
> and toast and cheese.  There should be no talking, no jazz, no fuss.  But 
> here I was embracing change, like a flexible person, in the concrete echoing 
> space of the Daily Cafe.  I ordered two eggs, toast, jam, coffee, pulled 
> Kagan on Thucydides from my bag.  Across the way, art students were smoking.  
> Ex-Admiral Thucydides said of Herodotus that he had written, "a prize-essay, 
> to be heard for the moment."  His own work, by contrast, was "a possession 
> for all times."  The eggs arrived.
> my flannel pajamas are a souvenir
> present and past joined in a thick-striped bundle
> designed probably in nineteen ought something
> by bespoke tailors of jermyn street 
> which is where one buys the very best stilton
> and socks
> it is an expensive little street
> off the socialist coast of venezuala
> i accepted the gift from my father
> as one does
> in a monastic cell
> halfway up a hill
> two flights away from home
> in the middle of the night
> David

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