June 24, 2004

It's a wicked life but what the hell

* On June 24, 1901, the first major exhibition of Pablo Picasso's artwork opened at a gallery on Paris' rue Lafitte, a street known for its prestigious art galleries. The precocious 19-year-old Spaniard was at the time a relative unknown outside Barcelona, but he had already produced hundreds of paintings. The 75 works displayed at Picasso's first Paris exhibition offered moody, representational paintings by a young artist with obvious talent.

* War is, at first, the hope that one will be better off; next, the expectation that the other fellow will be worse off; then, the satisfaction that he isn't any better off; and, finally, the surprise at everyone's being worse off. How is the world ruled and how do wars start? Diplomats tell lies to journalists and then believe what they read. - Karl Kraus (1874-1936) [via wood s lot]

* 5th graders discuss Dean & Britta's "Night Nurse."

Alvin: Right away you can tell: it's white people.

Vaughn: Night nurse? Like at a hospital?

Ms Allen: I'm really not sure. I took cold medicine called night nurse a few times. But it could be about anything...you have to decide on your own.

Arda: Music is about what you think, what's in your heart.
Sayed: Yeah.

Josia: No, cause you know if it's a man and a woman, you know they're in love.

Sayed: How do you even know? Maybe they hate each other.

Piedad: If you love someone, ok, and you break up with them, then, you are never supposed to hate each other. (thinks) Because it's like, "Things didn't work out with us, but we are still friends. I don't have no problem with you."

Sayed: Nah, more like, "You gotta get out of here, cause every other girl is better looking than you. So go away, BAY-BEEEEEE!"

Josia: (slaps him) Oh my God, Sayed! That's why you never had a girlfriend. Cause you're stupid!

Piedad: Lila had three boyfriends already.

Alvin: White people are always saying, "ooooh, I love you so much, are we going to a movie?, you are so beautiful as a flower..."

Sayed: "So beautiful as a flower?!" (slaps own forehead) man, you sound like a fool.

Josia: You don't love people because of what color they are. Love just happens to you, ok. You could be walking down the street and then all of a sudden you could see an old person who is not your same color and you fall in love and (claps hands) that's it. You're in love. You can't control it, even if you don't know them.

Alvin: Aw, YOU go on and marry some old Papi. That's nasty.

Josia: My mom wants me to marry someone from Puerto Rico, but I'm not getting married. I'm going to be a scientist. If I have a husband, he can make his OWN food, cause I won't have no time.

Arda: If I have a husband, when I get older, I'm making him pay for all the movies we go to.

Sayed: No one is going to marry you girls anyway. You're too short and you talk too much.


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