Saturday, 1 April 2017

A (April)

A is for Bonnard, Marino Marini, Velásquez, the curves in the Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay oysters, pasta con sarde, Oriental beef salad, mineral water, orange chocolate, grapes, kiwifruit, milk coffee, good news, banksias, grevilleas, roses, the smell of boronia, surf beaches, windows, justified sleep-ins, the Psalms, Marianne Moore’s long poems, Auden, any Chekhov, Shakespeare when he’s total, Bohumil Hrabal, Cabernet Sauvignon, Gallo Nero Chianti, cheese, walking, watering-cans, autumnal back gardens, civil conversation, Venetian church music, Claudio Monteverdi, Dusty Springfield, the Mersey sound, Bill Evans, Charles Lloyd, Haydn, clouds, fences, Buster Keaton, Erich Rohmer, cooking, singing, birds, my cat April.

I started this list with the simple idea of "A is.." favourite things, just "A is for Bonnard, Monteverdi..." then halfway through remembered Roland Barthes' wonderful list of favourite things, which kind of influenced the completion. Here's RB's list and a link to an article where it's talked about:

I like: salad, cinnamon, cheese, pimento, marzipan, the smell of new-cut hay (why doesn’t someone with a “nose” make such a perfume), roses, peonies, lavender, champagne, loosely held political convictions, Glenn Gould, too-cold beer, flat pillows, toast, Havana cigars, Handel, slow walks, pears, white peaches, cherries, colors, watches, all kinds of writing pens, desserts, unrefined salt, realistic novels, the piano, coffee, Pollock, Twombly, all romantic music, Sartre, Brecht, Verne, Fourier, Eisenstein, trains, Médoc wine, having change, Bouvard and Pécuchet, walking in sandals on the lanes of southwest France, the bend of the Adour seen from Doctor L.’s house, the Marx Brothers, the mountains at seven in the morning leaving Salamanca, etc.

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