Author Archives: jillbpearlman

Dreaming in Greek

Athens’ past is so strong – as idea, as dream – it dominates the dirty white sprawl which extends 300 degrees around it – 360 degrees, if it weren’t for the sea. In contrast to this vertical spread, the Parthenon … Continue reading

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Shape-Shifting in Thessaloniki

The Thessaloniki experience has to include both ghosts and crowds.  Walking through the old souks on a mid-August holiday, its corridors are full of shadows, smells but no people, plastic bags flapping on the skeletal rafters.  This is a good … Continue reading

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Blue Cosmos, Greek Style

Struck by the linear perfection and balance of the Acropolis, a literary observer noted how nervous the ancient Greeks must have been – how high strung, highly sensitive, neurotic.  They were delicate and high maintenance, thus the ancient Greeks quested, … Continue reading

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Parisian Late-Capitalist Blues

What an irony it would be if Paris becomes yet another generic European city where slick kids move from trendy cafe to darling bar to hip-chic restaurant. The French have always been such maniacs about preserving their rich culture and … Continue reading

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Summer’s Inefficiencies

We recently met a German vacationing in the South of France – all paradoxes of modern time were laid out, right there on the table, in front of our pastis.   While saying that France has the best quality of … Continue reading

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It Happens

It Happens Let’s set the stage: a manicured college of pure measure.  The lawns roll greenly. Circumferences of mulch surround the trees. Reason that has devised an equation for entropy can answer every inquiry, mightily. The forest is a mess … Continue reading

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Lost in Celebration

LUFT Fourth of July In the aimless wind,              tree tops luft… Luft!  How brilliantly the poet conjures the circular motion — rudderless! – of old trees shifting, hapless sails billowing. Trapped under a humid … Continue reading

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Back from Poets’ Camp

Back from Poets’ Camp   At poets’ camp, I wrote, I thought and read and took the fullness as the world.  Then I returned. Real life! So double, Magnficent in its archly grinning way;  the things we touch amidst the … Continue reading

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The “Food” Thing

Food is not unsung these days, quite the opposite.  Our foodie and consumer culture fetishizes it.  The constant spill of images whetting desire to look and to own almost obliterates its origins of sustenance. A day without food – a … Continue reading

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The Breathing Gallery at RISD

This spring has been cold and dark, and it rains all the time, and Trump is pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord. And I’m working on a dark book project.   As soon as I walked into the RISD Grad … Continue reading

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