Lisa Pasold

Le Chat Noir

Every now & then, I get to read at the long-running series,Spoken Word Paris. Though I can't click my heels and bring you to the downstairs "cave" of Le Chat Noir, I can offer you this link to the brand new Spoken Word Paris podcast --I am thrilled to be part of their first recording:

https://spokenwordparis.bandcamp.com/track/sws-ep-0-enjoy-enjoy-enjoy!

Take a listen—it’s almost like being at the Chat Noir.

Forwards into 2016!

"Whenever the devil harasses you thus, seek the company of men, or drink more, or joke and talk nonsense, or do some other merry thing...” - Martin Luther, 1530. Now we are past the darkest days of winter and the light is growing--let's dance! The Martin Luther quote comes from this wonderful article about Little Richard in the Oxford American, written by David Ramsey. So, to spite the devil, here is Little Richard himself with 'Long Tall Sally'...

To make music more intensely...

What I did last night: I heard the news with horror & contacted friends to make sure they had reached safety.

 

What I did last night: I went to the theatre in New Orleans, to see a new play by Joseph Furnari and to hear Adelina Patti's repertoire gorgeously sung by Katherine McClain. 

 

Both performers reminded me that the creative life force of humanity is the only belief system I value. To put it more poetically, "This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than every before." --which is perhaps a quote from Leonard Bernstein. Whether he said exactly this or not, the words are a good torch to follow. 

 

I believe the only brave response to insanity is to say NO, I will not lock myself in my house & sandbag the doors...against the enemy, against the refugees, against the infidel. Because that will let them, and I do not care who they are, into my heart.

Art, defined

Everything you need for the Trans-Canada trip...

In the footsteps of...

 

I've always been fascinated by the tales of Marco Polo--part of the inspiration for my book Any Bright Horse! Recently I had the chance to walk along part of an old Silk Route in Armenia, near Yerevan. Eerie mountains on either side of a great valley... 

Dream trips

Who wouldn’t want to step back in time just for a week in order to hop the Orient Express? Certainly it's high on my list of time-travel choices (where's Doctor Who when you need him?)

The photos are from the beautifully-restored train cars at the Institut du Monde Arabe—a magical exhibit which has stayed in my head for months. Different rooms are dedicated to famous Orient Express travellers; my favourite was Josephine Baker’s sleeping compartment, below.

What I'm working on now...

Writing about the river gives me a great chance to take pictures of riverboats...

Wishing you a wonderful celebratory season!

Looking forward to 2015... Happy holidays from the festive aguave!

Paris vs Prague - cakes & coffee

I love cafes in both Paris & Prague, and while they do share some historical similarities, they're also different in one crucial factor: Prague has a heritage of Austro-Hungarian style coffeehouses, which for me really just means one thing: cake with whipped cream. Now, I have a great love for poppy-seed cake, but there are also good arguments to be made for chocolate Sacher torte (which is Viennese but turns up in most Prague cafes)...

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