Terrorists Bit the HEART of Paris

At around 11 a.m. on Wednesday (January 7, 2015), heavily armed gunmen in black ski masks, shouting Islamic slogans, stormed the satirical newspaper office Charlie Hebdo in the deadliest attack in France in four decades.

 

Why Girl screams, “What have you done to the City of Love, YOU TERRORIST BASTARDS?”

 

Paris—the City of love, romance, art, fabulous wine, French cuisine, and jeux de vi.  Home to a moveable feast of creativity in the 1920s with expatriate writers Ezra Pound, Gertrude Stein, and Hemingway who lived and worked amoung the European avant-garde.  Senseless madmen have ripped Paris apart.

 

12 people were shot dead including editor Stéphane Charbonnier, known by his pen name Charb, the revered iconoclast cartoonist who had long defended his staff’s right to free speech.

 

French police have issued arrest warrants for brothers Cherif Kouachi, 32, and Said Kouachi, 34, AFP says. They have appealed to the public for information but warned that the men were “likely armed and dangerous”.

 

We sob for Paris.

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Why are Memories so Persistent—Frozen in Time?

Why Girl was at MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) in New York.

She turned the corner, and there it was: Salvador Dalí’s famous surrealist oil on canvas—The Persistence of Memory (1931)

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What an amazing sight to see such surrealistic power on such a small scale, dimensions:9 1/2 x 13″ (24.1 x 33 cm)

 

Time is the theme here, from the melting watches to the decay implied by the swarming ants. The monstrous fleshy creature draped across the paintings center is an approximation of Dalís own face in profile. Mastering what he called “the usual paralyzing tricks of eye-fooling,” Dalí painted this work with “the most imperialist fury of precision,” but only, he said, “to systematize confusion and thus to help discredit completely the world of reality.” There is, however, a nod to the real: The distant golden cliffs are those on the coast of Catalonia, Dalís home.

What do memories mean to you?

Are they real?

Half forgotten?

Distorted by time?

Are they somewhat fabricated?

YOU BE THE JUDGE.

 

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