Tuesday, May 6, 2008
I don't indulge in much frivolous shopping. Except for books and an occasional CD, I spend little on myself. According to a recent study, people are more likely to spend money on themselves when they're in a bad mood. Shopping is a kind of self-medication for people who are sad and self-focused. Oh, well. Blame it on the barometric pressure and the ionization of the atmosphere, but when I passed Grezzo Gallery this morning, I couldn't resist this antique (circa 1920s) portrait of a little girl (click to enlarge for detail). The portrait came with no provenance, so I have no idea who she is, but for now I'm calling her "Anna," which is the name of the six-year old girl in the novel I'm currently reading, Kate O'Brien's The Land of Spices. Now I will enter a long binge of self-denial to compensate for impulsively spending so much on something so frivolous. But at the moment, I'm experiencing a little glow of self-indulgent happiness.
My poem " Phrasebook " has been published online in Ergon: Greek/American Arts and Letters .
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