Before the Storm

I’m not sure if you’ve heard, but a wee storm is coming our way. I was up at dawn today and drove to the beach, to see what was going on. I was treated to a major light show.

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9 Responses to Before the Storm

  1. Dave E. says:

    Nice pics, especially that last one. Be safe.

  2. sheila says:

    Dave – hey you, always nice to see you! I know, that last one, right?? As it was happening, I was thinking, “is this for real?”

    The surf wasn’t really up yet. No sign of a storm coming. We are known for panicking over storms, but this one certainly looks bad – and last year my kitchen flooded. I didn’t DIE, but Hope’s food bowls were FLOATING. hahaha

    so I am ready to greet the storm!

  3. Milt says:

    Hello Sheila:

    I hope you’ll be able to weather the storm successfully.

    I want to thank you for your recent mention of Stefan Zweig, and especially his novel Beware of Pity. I am about one-third through, and am totally under its spell. The vivid writing style (even in translation) psychological insights and raw emotion are extraordinary. I have been shaken a number of times by its truths.

    I can’t understand why this obviously first tier writer has fallen so unjustly into neglect. His contrarian views about Communist Russia and the immediate future of Germany and Austria apparently offended the intelligentsia, who quickly undermined his reputation. His views were correct and his despair led to early suicide. Even with my limited reading so far, I would rank him as one of the major European writers of the 20th century.

    A movie based on Beware of Pity was made in the early 1940s, starring Lilli Palmer. It’s not readily available, but can be accessed from Amazon’s online movie service. In addition Max Ophuls’ masterful Letter from an Unknown Woman, based on a Stefan Zweig novelette, has finally become available on DVD in the United States. It stars Joan Fontaine as a young woman greatly enamored with a concert pianist (Louis Jourdan), and tells of their tragic relationship. Ophuls’ beautiful, dreamlike images reflect Zwieg’s Austro-Hungarian Empire. This is one of my favorite films.

    Thanks again for the Zweig mention. I intend to read a lot more of his work–you’ve opened up another exciting door for me.


    • sheila says:

      Milt – I am so excited to hear this. Yes, I had not read him before either and had only heard about him from his mentions in J. Joyce biographies. What a towering talent!! Beware of Pity totally gripped me. I have not seen the film but the book feels quite cinematic to me – I could see it being a great psychological thriller – that “tap tap tap” of her cane approaching!

  4. sheila says:

    // Even with my limited reading so far, I would rank him as one of the major European writers of the 20th century. //

    100% agree.

  5. Helena says:

    Dear Sheila, just a message from a regular reader of your blog. Sounds like some pretty horrendous weather is on its way – although your photos are beautiful. Hoping you and all in the zone can stay safe over the next couple of couple of days.

    • sheila says:

      Helena – thank you! Yes, we are all hunkered down with our supplies! The subway system is being shut down tonight (unheard of!), and not sure if I can get into the city tomorrow. We are ready for No Power, should it come to that. I am lucky: my apartment is on a cliff and we never get flooding. But those on the shore areas, and any low-lying areas, definitely have my thoughts and prayers. It can get pretty hairy when that water rises!!

  6. alli says:

    Be safe. Beautiful pics.

  7. Kristen says:

    Eerie, yet beautiful. Hoping for the best up there, you guys are in our thoughts and prayers down here in Atlanta.

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