Monday, August 26, 2019

“I need a photo opportunity” — Paul Simon

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Photo Opportunity , courtesy of Leni Riefenstahl — Click to enlarge.


From Paul Simon's dreaded Cartoon Graveyard


The Riefenstahl publication above was suggested by . . .

Friday, June 7, 2019

Photo Opportunity

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A post for those who, like Paul Simon,
fear and loathe cartoon graveyards 


Friday, March 8, 2019

Photo Opportunity

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"I need a photo opportunity . . . ." — Paul Simon

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Photo Opportunity

Filed under: General — m759 @ 8:18 PM

Continued from Monday, Dec. 8, 2014.

“The undermining of standards of seriousness
is almost complete.” 

Susan Sontag (See November 24, 2007.)

"Respect is often the last and only thing
that the world can offer a deceased or dying person."

— Photojournalist Michel du Cille, who reportedly
    died today at 58 while on assignment in Liberia

Monday, December 8, 2014

Photo Opportunity

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 7:59 PM

(Continued… See "I need a photo opportunity")

From the previous post's Yankee Puzzle link :

Saturday, January 7, 2012


Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags:  — m759 @ 7:14 PM 

Today's Google Doodle for the 100th birthday of Charles Addams—


A doodle from this year's Feast of the Epiphany


A doodle based on today's previous post and on a post for Twelfth Night, 2003

IMAGE- Quilt blocks- Devil's Claws and Yankee Puzzle

IMAGE- 'I'm a Yankee Doodle Dandy' musical notes

"And I'll try to please you ev'ry day."

— Feste's song in Twelfth Night , as memorably sung by
Ben Kingsley, star of the new film "Stonehearst Asylum."

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Photo Opportunity

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 2:02 PM

"I need a photo opportunity, I want a shot at redemption.
Don't want to end up a cartoon in a cartoon graveyard."
– Paul Simon

Pinocchio: 'Multiplane Technicolor'

"The theory of poetry, that is to say, the total of the theories of poetry, often seems to become in time a mystical theology or, more simply, a mystique. The reason for this must by now be clear. The reason is the same reason why the pictures in a museum of modern art often seem to become in time a mystical aesthetic, a prodigious search of appearance, as if to find a way of saying and of establishing that all things, whether below or above appearance, are one and that it is only through reality, in which they are reflected or, it may be, joined together, that we can reach them. Under such stress, reality changes from substance to subtlety, a subtlety in which it was natural for Cézanne to say: 'I see planes bestriding each other and sometimes straight lines seem to me to fall' or 'Planes in color…. The colored area where shimmer the souls of the planes, in the blaze of the kindled prism, the meeting of planes in the sunlight.' The conversion of our Lumpenwelt  went far beyond this. It was from the point of view of another subtlety that Klee could write: 'But he is one chosen that today comes near to the secret places where original law fosters all evolution. And what artist would not establish himself there where the organic center of all movement in time and space– which he calls the mind or heart of creation– determines every function.' Conceding that this sounds a bit like sacerdotal jargon, that is not too much to allow to those that have helped to create a new reality, a modern reality, since what has been created is nothing less.



— Wallace Stevens, Harvard College Class of 1901, "The Relations between Poetry and Painting" in The Necessary Angel   (Knopf, 1951)

For background on the planes illustrated above,
see Diamond theory in 1937.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Photo Opportunity

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:21 AM

The New York Times  online front page
update of 10:11 this morning provides
a sort of antidote to Saturday morning

The update's time suggests a check
of this  journal's most recent post
with the date  10/11. It turns out
to be a meditation on art and
the speed of perception.

Related material:

A linked-to post, Twenty-Four.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Photo Opportunity

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:29 AM

"I need a photo opportunity…" —Paul Simon

Click to enlarge.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Vibe for Ray Bradbury

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 12:22 PM

On writer Kate Braverman, who reportedly died on Sunday, October 13:

" She wears floor-length black skirts, swirling black coats,
and black stiletto boots;  the San Francisco Chronicle  once
described her vibe as 'Morticia Addams gone gypsy.' " 

Katy Waldman in The New Yorker , Feb. 22, 2018

"I need a photo opportunity
I want a shot at redemption
Don't want to end up a cartoon
In a cartoon graveyard"

— Paul Simon, song lyric

For a Braverman photo opportunity, see the dark corner
at lower right in the previous post.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

The Toronto Plot*

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* A title for Harlan Kane, suggested by obituaries
from The New York Times  (this afternoon) and from
CBC News (on May 14, below) . . .

. . . as well as by illustrations shown here on May 13 and by
a screenwriter quoted here on May 12 —

“When I die,” he liked to say, “I’m going to have written
on my tombstone, ‘Finally, a plot!’”

— Robert D. McFadden in The New York Times

Another quote that seems relevant —

I need a photo opportunity, I want a shot at redemption.
 Don’t want to end up a cartoon in a cartoon graveyard.”
 — Paul Simon

Friday, May 17, 2019

A Shot at Redemption

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:45 PM

"I need a photo opportunity . . . ." — Paul Simon

Monday, April 29, 2019

Like Decorations in a Cartoon Graveyard

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I need a photo opportunity, I want a shot at redemption.
 Don’t want to end up a cartoon in a cartoon graveyard.”
 — Paul Simon

A death on the date of the above New Yorker piece — Oct. 15, 2018 —

See as well the Pac-Man-like figures in today's previous post
as well as the Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, post "History at Bellevue."

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

A Shot at Redemption

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:26 PM

"I need a photo opportunity . . . ." — Song lyric

See also Dead Reckoning and Lizabeth Scott.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Desperately Seeking Comedy

Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:24 PM

"I need a photo opportunity . . ." — Paul Simon

Thursday, July 19, 2018

A Shot at Redemption

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:07 AM

“I need a photo opportunity, I want a shot at redemption.
 Don’t want to end up a cartoon in a cartoon graveyard.”
 — Paul Simon

From a cartoon graveyard on yesterday's date in 1957 —

For the photo opportunity of the Paul Simon song, see
my former sixth-grade teacher on that same 1957 page.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018


Filed under: General — m759 @ 4:18 PM

"I need a photo opportunity . . . ." — Paul Simon

Thursday, January 4, 2018

For T. S. Eliot

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 5:01 AM

“I need a photo opportunity, I want a shot at redemption.
 Don’t want to end up a cartoon in a cartoon graveyard.”

 — Paul Simon

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Sequel (In Memory of Tobe Hooper)

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“I need a photo opportunity, I want a shot at redemption.
 Don’t want to end up a cartoon in a cartoon graveyard.”

 — Paul Simon

See also John Collier's short story "The Lady on the Grey."

Note that the title of the previous post was "Black Well,"
almost the same as that of Tanner's graphic novel above.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Mystery Woman

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 2:45 AM

From a book review quoted here in yesterday’s post
of 12:41 PM ET, “Special Topics” —

“That teacher, Hannah Schneider, has the magnetism of
Miss Jean Brodie and the film-noir mystique of Lauren Bacall.
When Blue meets her, in a ‘Hitchcock cameo,’ by the frozen-food
section at a grocery store, she falls under her spell. ‘She had an
elegant sort of romantic, bone-sculpted face, one that took well to
both shadows and light,’ Blue recalls. ‘Most extraordinary though
was the air of a Chateau Marmont bungalow about her, a sense
of RKO, which I’d never before witnessed in person.’ Hannah
teaches a course on cinema in a room lined with posters . . . .

From a Facebook page related to the death yesterday morning at
Webster University of the teacher of a course on cinema —

“I need a photo opportunity . . . .” — Paul Simon

The title of the film in the cover photo above is not without relevance.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Versatile Figure

Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:37 PM

"I need a photo opportunity " — Paul Simon

NYT 'distinctive cultural tang' obit

Click image to enlarge.

Thursday, October 8, 2015


Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 9:48 PM


“I need a photo opportunity, I want a shot at redemption.
 Don’t want to end up a cartoon in a cartoon graveyard.”
 — Paul Simon

A portion of the above photo appeared on the cover of
a German edition of a book by the winner of the 2015 Nobel
Prize in Literature, Svetlana Alexievich. The German title, 
Der Krieg hat kein weibliches Gesicht , is closer to the Russian
original than is the title of an English translation, War's Unwomanly Face .  
Further book and photo information —

Thursday, January 22, 2015

A Shot at Redemption

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“I need a photo opportunity
I want a shot at redemption.
Don’t want to end up a cartoon 
in a cartoon graveyard.”

— Paul Simon

Photo opportunity
for the late John Bayley and Iris Murdoch —

From a cartoon graveyard, in memory of
a British artist who reportedly died yesterday: 

Against Dryness —

Cartoon by Martin Honeysett

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Photo Opportunities

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:50 PM

I need a photo opportunity….” — Paul Simon

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Through the Vanishing Point*

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , , — m759 @ 9:48 AM

Marshall McLuhan in "Annie Hall" —

"You know nothing of my work."

Related material — 

"I need a photo opportunity
I want a shot at redemption
Don't want to end up a cartoon
In a cartoon graveyard"

— Paul Simon

It was a dark and stormy night…


— Page 180, Logicomix

A photo opportunity for Whitehead
(from Romancing the Cube, April 20, 2011)—

IMAGE- Whitehead on Fano's construction of the 15-point projective Galois space over GF(2)

See also Absolute Ambition (Nov. 19, 2010).

* For the title, see Vanishing Point in this journal.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

For Black Widow

Filed under: General — m759 @ 2:56 PM

I need a photo opportunity
I want a shot at redemption
Don't want to end up a cartoon
In a cartoon graveyard

— Paul Simon

See also the name Romanova
and the name Anastasia.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Sunset Limited

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 7:28 PM

“I need a photo opportunity…” — Paul Simon

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

To a Stand-Up Philosopher

Filed under: General — m759 @ 8:28 AM

Simon Says

I need a photo opportunity,
I want a shot at redemption.
Don’t want to end up a cartoon
In a cartoon graveyard.

— Paul Simon

NY Review of Books 2010 David Levine calendar cover with cartoon of James Joyce

See also the page linked to on
Becket’s Day last year,
as well as…

University Diaries on the Kennedy Center Honors televised Dec. 29, 2009-- with photo of James Joyce on stamp

Friday, September 5, 2008

Friday September 5, 2008

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 2:45 AM

For Mike Hammer

Block That Metaphor

“Michael Hammer, an engineer and author on management who helped popularize the ‘re-engineering’ movement in the 1990s, died Thursday [Sept. 4, 2008].

A spokesman for Mr. Hammer’s consulting firm, Hammer and Co., said Mr. Hammer died from cranial bleeding that began Aug. 22 while he was vacationing in Massachusetts. He was 60 years old.

Mr. Hammer was the co-author of the bestselling management book Reengineering the Corporation and founder and president of Hammer and Co., Cambridge, Mass.”

The Wall Street Journal

“An engineer by training, Hammer focused on the operational nuts and bolts of business.

Hammer’s relentless pursuit of ‘why?’ drove his entire career. ‘My modus operandi is simple,’ he once wrote, ‘though not always easy to carry out. I take nothing at face value. I approach all business issues and practices with the same skepticism: Why?’

A funeral will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 5 in Stanetsky Memorial Chapel, 1668 Beacon St., Brookline. Interment will follow at the Shaarei Tefillah Section of the Chevra Shaas Cemetery at Baker Street Jewish Cemeteries in West Roxbury.”


Related material:

From Feb. 12:

Shoe: 'Mort's Mortuary,' Sunday, Feb. 10, 2008

From today:Outside the Box

The late Michael Hammer, engineer: 'Outside the Box'

“I need a photo opportunity,
I want a shot at redemption.
Don’t want to end up a cartoon
In a cartoon graveyard…”

Paul Simon

Bill Melendez, Peanuts animator, in NYT obituaries Friday, Sept. 5, 2008

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Thursday July 3, 2008

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:00 AM
Highs and Lows

From today’s New York Times:

This week, we the people of North America are staging two celebrations. The Fourth of July is the 232nd birthday of the United States….

In Canada, today, another ceremony will mark the 400th anniversary of Quebec City, the first permanent settlement in New France.

Paul Simon on religion:

“I need a photo opportunity,      
I want a shot at redemption….”

Log24 on August 8, 2002

The cast of “Some Girls,”
a film set in Quebec City:

The cast of 'Some Girls'

“Don’t want to end up a cartoon
in a cartoon graveyard.”

Sally Forth on the Bicentennial and the Starland Vocal Band: 'Well, the mid-70s were a period of highs and lows.'
Amen, sister.

Wednesday, January 3, 2007

Wednesday January 3, 2007

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:32 AM
The Wanderer:

“What on earth is
a concrete universal?”
Robert M. Pirsig  

Hexagram 56

“James Joyce meant Finnegans Wake to become a universal book. His universe was primarily Dublin, but Joyce believed that the universal can be found in the particular. ‘I always write about Dublin,’ he said to Arthur Power, ‘because if I can get to the heart of Dublin I can get to the heart of all the cities of the world’ (Ellmann 505). He achieved that goal in Ulysses by making Bloom a universal wanderer, the everyman trying to find his way in the labyrinth of the world.” —The Joyce of Science

Related material:

From A Shot at Redemption

The Past as Prologue:
Grand Rapids Revisited

Constantine (cartoon) and Donald Knuth

John Constantine,
cartoon character, and
Donald E. Knuth,
Lutheran mathematician

“…. recent books testify
further to Calvin College’s
unparalleled leadership
in the field of
Christian historiography….”

“I need a photo opportunity,
I want a shot at redemption.
Don’t want to end up a cartoon
In a cartoon graveyard.”

A photo opportunity

Photo op for Gerald Ford

and a recent cartoon:

Cartoon of Gerald Ford with halo

History, said Stephen….

From Calvin College,
today’s meditation:

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Tuesday November 22, 2005

Filed under: General — m759 @ 4:23 AM
Cartoon Graveyard

From yesterday’s New York Post:


November 21, 2005 — The former tour manager for superstars Paul Simon and Billy Joel was stabbed to death yesterday by his prostitute girlfriend on his 57th birthday less than a block from Gracie Mansion, cops said.

“It looked like a horror movie in there,” said an NYPD detective after seeing the blood-drenched bed in the couple’s sixth-floor studio at 530 East 89th St., where cops say music producer Danny Harrison was stabbed twice in the chest with a long butcher knife by his live-in lover just before 1 p.m.

I need a photo opportunity
I want a shot at redemption
Don’t want to end up a cartoon
In a cartoon graveyard

     — Paul Simon

Below: cartoonist Lou Myers,
who also died on Sunday, Nov. 20,
with a horse from yesterday’s entry.

The image “http://www.log24.com/log/pix05B/051121-Horse.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

“... and behold: a pale horse.
And his name, that sat on him,
was Death. And Hell
followed with him

Johnny Cash

Related material:
Log24 entries of
Sept. 15, 2003.

Monday, February 28, 2005

Monday February 28, 2005

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 7:00 PM

The Meaning of 3:16

From The New Yorker, issue dated Feb. 28, 2005:

Time Bandits,” by Jim Holt, pages 80-85:

“Wittgenstein once averred that ‘there can never be surprises in logic.'”

Miss Gould,” by David Remnick, pages 34-35:

“She was a fiend for problems of sequence and logic…. Her effect on a piece of writing could be like that of a master tailor on a suit; what had once seemed slovenly and overwrought was suddenly trig and handsome.”


See Donald E. Knuth’s Diamond Signs, Knuth’s 3:16 Bible Texts Illuminated, and the entry of 3:16 PM today.

Trig and handsome

Remnick on Miss Gould again:

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Miss Gould,
photo from
Oberlin site

“She shaped the language of the magazine, always striving for a kind of Euclidean clarity– transparent, precise, muscular.”

Figure from           
3/16 2004:           
Intersecting altitudes
Einstein on Time cover

Einstein on his
“holy geometry book” —

“Here were assertions, as for example the intersection of the three altitudes of a triangle in one point, which– though by no means evident– could nevertheless be proved with such certainty that any doubt appeared to be out of the question. This lucidity and certainty made an indescribable impression upon me.”

The image “http://www.log24.com/log/pix05/050228-Graveyard.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

   “I need a photo opportunity,   
      I want a shot at redemption….”

Tuesday, January 21, 2003

Tuesday January 21, 2003

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:42 PM

Cartoon Graveyard,
or Betty and the Third Eye

I need a photo opportunity
I want a shot at redemption
Don’t want to end up a cartoon
In a cartoon graveyard
     — Paul Simon

The New York Times, Jan. 21, 2003:

One of my favorite movie scenes is the entry into paradise, through a looking glass, of Kilgore Trout (played by Albert Finney) in “Breakfast of Champions.”  Trout encounters a beautiful (indeed, angelic) maiden on the other side of the looking glass and asks of her, “Make me young again.”  His wish is granted.  Those who wish to may imagine — through a glass, darkly — a great artist’s entry into heaven with the aid of the very popular website Betty and Veronica.


The “Betty and Veronica” link above is more suited to Kilgore Trout’s usual publisher,  The World Classics Library, than to, say, the Harvard Classics.  Since Betty and Veronica have been attending Riverdale High for about 60 years now, I think we can assume they are 18 by this time, and can appear in an adult website.  Their cartoonish appearance may be helpful to newcomers to paradise; it does not mean, as Paul Simon fears, that the afterlife consists only of cartoon characters. 

For further details, see I Corinthians 13:11-13.

Saturday, January 11, 2003

Saturday January 11, 2003

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 6:24 PM


The First Days of Disco

Some cultural milestones, in the order I encountered them today:

From Dr. Mac’s Cultural Calendar:

  • “On this day in 1963, Whiskey-A-Go-Go—believed to be the first discotheque in the world—opened on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles with extraordinary hype and fanfare.”

From websites on Whit Stillman’s film, “The Last Days of Disco”:

Scene: Manhattan in the very early 1980’s.

Alice and her friend Charlotte are regulars at a fashionable disco.

Roger Ebert:

“Charlotte is forever giving poor Alice advice about what to say and how to behave; she says guys like it when a girl uses the word ‘sexy,’ and a few nights later, when a guy tells Alice he collects first editions of Scrooge McDuck comic books, she…”

Bjorn Thomson:

“… looks deep into his eyes and purrs ‘I think Scrooge McDuck is sexy!’ It is a laugh-out-loud funny line and a shrewd parody, but is also an honest statement.”

(Actually, to be honest, I encountered Thomson first and Ebert later, but the narrative sequence demands that they be rearranged.)

The combination of these cultural landmarks suggested that I find out what Scrooge McDuck was doing during the first days of disco, in January 1963.  Some research revealed that in issue #40 of “Uncle Scrooge,” with a publication date of January 1963, was a tale titled “Oddball Odyssey.”  Plot summary: “A whisper of treasure draws Scrooge to Circe.”

Further research produced an illustration:


Desiring more literary depth, I sought more information on the story of Scrooge and Circe. It turns out that this was only one of a series of encounters between Scrooge and a character called Magica de Spell.  The following is from a website titled

Duckburg Religion:

“Magica’s first appearance is in ‘The Midas Touch’ (US 36-01). She enters the Money Bin to buy a dime from Scrooge. Donald tells Scrooge that she is a sorceress, but Scrooge sells her a dime anyway. He sells her his first dime by accident, but gets it back. The fun starts when Scrooge tells her that it is the first dime he earned. She is going to make an amulet….”

with it.  Her pursuit of the dime apparently lasts through a number of Scrooge episodes.

“…in Oddball Odyssey (US 40-02). Magica discovers Circe’s secret cave. Inside the cave is a magic wand that she uses to transform Huey, Dewey and Louie to pigs, Donald to a goat (later to a tortoise), and Scrooge to a donkey. This reminds us of the treatment Circe gave Ulysses and his men. Magica does not succeed in transforming Scrooge after stealing the Dime, and Scrooge manages to break the spell (de Spell) by smashing the magic wand.”

At this point I was reminded of the legendary (but true) appearance of Wallace Stevens’s wife on another historic dime.  This was discussed by Charles Schulz in a cartoon of Sunday, May 27, 1990:


Here Sally is saying…

Who, me?… Yes, Ma’am, right here.

This is my report on dimes and pennies…

“Wallace Stevens was a famous poet…
His wife was named Elsie…”

“Most people do not know that Elsie was the model for the 1916 ‘Liberty Head’ dime.”

“Most people also don’t know that if I had a dime for every one of these stupid reports I’ve written, I’d be a rich person.”

Finally, sitting outside the principal’s office:

I never got to the part about who posed for the Lincoln penny.

I conclude this report on a note of synchronicity:

The above research was suggested in part by a New York Times article on Ovid’s Metamorphoses I read last night.  After locating the Scrooge and Stevens items above, I went to the Times site this afternoon to remind myself of this article.  At that point synchronicity kicked in; I encountered the following obituary of a Scrooge figure from 1963… the first days of disco:

The New York Times, January 12, 2003

(So dated at the website on Jan. 11)

C. Douglas Dillon Dies at 93;
Was in Kennedy Cabinet


C. Douglas Dillon, a versatile Wall Street financier who was named secretary of the Treasury by President Kennedy and ambassador to France under President Eisenhower, and was a longtime executive of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, died Friday [Jan. 10, 2003] at New York Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan. Mr. Dillon, who lived with his wife on Jupiter Island in Hobe Sound, Fla., was 93.

Mr. Dillon was born to wealth and influence as the son of the founder of Dillon, Read & Company, an international banking house. Mr. Dillon was widely respected for his attention to detail — he had a reputation for ferreting out inconspicuous errors in reports — and his intellect, which his parents began shaping at an early age by enrolling Mr. Dillon in elite private schools.

Mr. Dillon is said to have been able to read quickly and to fully comprehend what he read by the time he was 4 years old. At the Pine Lodge School in Lakehurst, N.J., Mr. Dillon’s schoolmates included Nelson, Laurance and John Rockefeller III. Mr. Dillon later graduated magna cum laude from Harvard and sharpened his analytical powers on Wall Street.

Strapping and strong-jawed, Mr. Dillon sometimes seemed self-effacing or even shy in public, despite his long prominence in public affairs and in business. He served over the years as chairman of the Rockefeller Foundation, president of Harvard University’s board of overseers…”

Et cetera, et cetera, and so forth.

(See yesterday’s two entries, “Something Wonderful,” and “Story.”)

Two reflections suggest themselves:

“I need a photo opportunity.
I want a shot at
Don’t want to end up a cartoon
In a cartoon graveyard.”
— Paul Simon

Ending up in a cartoon graveyard is indeed an unhappy fate; on the other hand…

It is nice to be called “sexy.”

Added at 1:50 AM Jan. 12, 2003:

Tonight’s site music, in honor of Mr. Dillon
and of Hepburn, Holden, and Bogart in “Sabrina” —
 “Isn’t It Romantic?”


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