BLOOMSDAY IN BERLIN-a gallery

Near a park dedicated to Käthe Kollwitz there’s a corner from which these two towers appear both near to one another and nearly equal in height. Near to this corner is St. George’s bookshop, in front of which I stood this morning at 8am, having forgotten that it won’t open until 11am. There was a girl with white/gold hair standing in front of the unopen book shop, shielding her eyes as she looked East, an unusually large crucifix, on a chain around her neck, reflecting the young sun. Aging symbols are always at risk: from hinting at the depths of an anti-imperial mystery religion… to embodying ignorance, superstition and sexual desperation…  in less than the time it takes to carve a valley through living rock with a river! Shudder to think what a “peace sign” or a flipped bird will mean one thousand years hence. Perhaps she was waiting for St. George’s to open, too (I had ordered an old book published by the Evergreen Review) but the symbol on her chest kept me from striking up a conversation with her (perhaps that’s the crucifix’ true purpose) so I started the long, long journey home…

1TELEMACHUS-THE TOWER-adj-DSC_2359 (2)
TELEMACHUS
2NESTOR-THE SCHOOL-DSC_2636
NESTOR
3PROTEUS-THE STRAND-DSC_1919-large
PROTEUS
4CALYPSO-THE HOUSE-DSC_2060
CALYPSO
5LOTUS EATERS-THE BATH-DSC_0096
LOTUS EATERS
6HADES-THE GRAVEYARD-DSC_2074
HADES
7AEOLUS-THE NEWSPAPER-DSC_1927-smaller
AEOLUS
8LESTRYGONIANS-THE LUNCH-DSC_1998-smaller
LESTRYGONIANS
9SCYLLA and CHARYBDIS-THE LIBRARY-DSC_1898
SCYLLA and CHARYBDIS
10WANDERING ROCKS-THE STREETS-DSC_2009-smaller
WANDERING ROCKS
11SIRENS-THE CONCERT ROOM-DSC_0119
SIRENS
12CYCLOPS-THE TAVERN-DSC_1914
CYCLOPS
13NAUSICAA-THE ROCKS-DSC_0565-large
NAUSICAA
14OXEN OF THE SUN-THE HOSPITAL-DSC_2015-smaller
OXEN of the SUN
15CIRCE-THE BROTHEL-DSC_1996
CIRCE
16EUMAEUS-THE SHELTER-DSC_2094
EUMAEUS
17ITHACA-THE HOUSE-DSC_2060
ITHACA
18-PENELOPE-THE BED-DSC_1903
PENELOPE
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