Saturday, July 22, 2006

Rome
Rome was glorious. Vaguely morbid, and still satisfyingly Roman and Imperial. Hadrian's imprint is huge (but only because Nero burnt everything down) and the Rough guides are bizarre. Also, there is little more fun than correcting guidebooks.
Ended up in a pensione discussing room changes! And developed embarrassing tendency to make Forster references.
Would also like to say that Horace's probable grave is marked (or was several days ago) and should be remembered. Augustus' mausoleum is lovely. Ringleader of the Tormentors is still in my head, and those strange ambulance sirens create an odd sort of tinnitus.
Have also found several icons, most prominent of whom is:
Joseph Severn, Keats' lovely friend who was a Romantic without being a poet, spent the last sixty/seventy odd years of his life still rather in love with Keats and painting steadily more romanticised portraits. His letters are really sweet.

Sabine Shirdewen- fabulously pretentious German artist from the nineteen sixties

Andreu Alfaro- sculptor of the fabulous "small black thing which is a personification of the spirit of Goethe" (not actually called that). If anyone has a badge making kit we will have a badge of this soon.

Now, I must find a kettle.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it actually a personnification of the spirit of Goethe? Or just inspired by G's work. Or was there any explanation AT ALL?
Anyway, rest assured the rest of you that it is absolutely fantastic. It reduced three people to helpless mirth.
It is like a small robotic bird/mole with no features and probably hiden wheels and goes wandering in the roman forum.
Hello to all by the way.
xM

7:12 AM  
Blogger pseudo bohemian loser said...

It's called Johannes Wolfgang von Goethe, and I think it was supposed to be him in the Roman elegies. But no explanation.
Poor staff in the Casa di Goethe

12:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I imagine they quite enjoy it. If you spend that long with him you probably start to think of small black thing as a frined.
xM

12:51 PM  
Blogger Juliet Evans said...

I'm not sure I would want to think of a small black thing as a friend. But hey, Goethe people, what can you say. Glad Rome was nice, thanks you for the postcards. The marking of Horace/Maecanas' grace sounds really really sweet.

11:28 AM  

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