Monday, October 22, 2018

15: Autumn's Glory

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Sunday, October 21, 2018

16: Borgo Pass, by Alan

Alan is taking a Two Dimensional Design class, and explains his art piece thusly:
[Double click photo to enlarge!]

"Borgo Pass was where Jonathan Harker, the protagonist of Bram Stoker's "Dracula" was told to meet Count Dracula's carriage--as indeed he did.  His wife's maiden name was [Wilhel]mina Murray. When the count's carriage comes flying up and halts alongside the stagecoach (diligence?) at the top of the pass just after sundown, one of the passengers sotto voce quotes a line from the then well-known poem "Lenora:" "Denn die Todten reiten schnell" [For the dead ride fast].  The scientist-like character in the story was Abraham van Helsing, and Max Schrenk played the vampire in "Nosferatu," the second and oldest remaining movie version of the book. "Beyond the forest" is the English translation of "Transylvania."  I find it odd that none of the movie versions of Dracula after "Nosferatu" portray the encounter at the top of Borgo Pass;  it is one of the most dramatic parts of the original novel.  I read (and still have in my library) "The Annotated Dracula" (1975). I remember reading the conclusion--in broad daylight(!) on a warm beautiful afternoon outside the little house where I lived in Santa Cruz--and it was very exciting. I think an annotated version is helpful to a modern reader.  I wouldn't call it horrifying;  but certainly exciting!"

9: Taking the Long View

Saturday, October 20, 2018

17: Re-elect!

Friday, October 19, 2018

Thursday, October 18, 2018