"…and not for five minutes will I be distracted from the wonder…"

Hooker with a Heart of Gold…

The Wonder — d-ashes on December 14, 2006 at 11:54 am

Last night was the second installment of a ‘salon’ that Wgo initiated with his birthday dinner 2 weeks ago. The format is pretty loose: the host picks a theme and the attendees bring something in the realm of art, poetry or prose to share based upon that theme. For the first run, Wgo asked us to bring works related to ‘love, death, and food’ and while he and A-Ron served us an 8 course meal, E, Wrestlerette, The Commish and I sat around sharing the poetry and prose we had selected.

The Commish hosted round two, with Fellini’s Nights of Cabiria being the centerpiece, and our themes being Italian art, the 1950’s, and women with strong leading roles. I was completely unprepared to contribute, knowing nothing about Fellini, and very little about Italian art or of film related to the strong leading roles of women. But thanks to a late tip over at Wgo’s beforehand, I was able to show up with Canto I of Dante’s Paradiso (of which I only read the last third), wherein we’re introduced to Beatrice, Dante’s guide through Heaven. So I thought I had a pretty good find, especially on short notice: Italian poetry, and a strong leading (quite literally) role for a woman all in one neat package.

However, I was easily trumped by E, who had the gem of the evening, with a Wikipedia entry on ‘Hookers with a Heart of Gold,’ which fit right in with Giulietta Masina’s character in our Fellini film. I’m pretty up on my archetypes, being a big Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell devotee, but never knew this character was prevalent and delineated enough to be considered one. We were into a few bottles of wine, and I’m ashamed to say that I wasn’t taking notes as to the content of the conversation that came off of E’s presentation, especially Wrestlerette’s jubilant affection for the term ‘tart with a heart’. This will no longer be an issue, though, as I’ve appointed myself the ‘salon secretary’ for all future meetings.

On another note, I’ve been trying to get my head around this last weekend’s trip to Oxford as to provide a decent post about it. It’s been a tough one, though, as there was not a single moment throughout that was not inspired by beautiful weather, great food and drink and great people to share it all with. It was a charmed weekend for sure and it might take a book length travelogue to do it justice. In the meantime I have some pictures here, but you’ll find my camera had ideas other than documenting social activities. Thankfully E had her camera along also and picked up where I slacked (Set 1, Set 2, Set 3).

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