"I never truckled; I never took off the hat to Fashion and held it out for pennies. By God, I told them the truth. They liked it or they didn't like it. What had that to do with me? I told them the truth; I knew it for the truth then, and I know it for the truth now." Frank Norris.
Caught Leonard Cohen's third in a series of sold-out concerts at Oakland's gem venue, The Paramount Theater, last night. Incredibly moving, brilliant performance with a wonderful ensemble. The veteran wordslinger is a wonder - at 75. If you get a chance to catch any show in his current tour, jump! Last night's performance was a three-hour tour-de-force that felt like a religous revival led by a Buddhist monk, if such a thing can be imagined. Cohen's generosity, humility, grace and genius were all evident in his abundant musical/literary offerings and in his wry, low-key enthusiasm for bringing it to us. I'd forgotten how - among other things - funny Cohen can be. I'm posting an older live clip - "Democracy":
When I was planning my trip to Brazil last year, I came across this article about Inhotim, a park, nature reserve and art gallery in the Atlantic Forest amidst the mountains of Minas Gerais not far from Belo Horizonte. I made plans to visit there and am glad I did.