Burnett Thompson Blog

June 30, 2006

New York City

Filed under: travel, food — burnett @ 8:26 pm

Just spent two days in New York, notably at St. John the Divine Cathedral, Chinatown at Church of the Saviour, Central Park and Fiorello’s restaurant at 64th & Broadway.� Oh, and at a notorious dive in the West Village whose name escapes me.� It is notorious for having several hundred variations of sandwiches on the menu.� What a town.� One forgets just how dangerous those cab drivers really are.� But for shear romance, New York is it…the shear dimensions, the shear numbers of people, the monuments…in fact, everything is a monument in Manhattan.� Every corner, every restaurant, avenue, street, lamppost, coffee shop.� My new favorite is the Teleon Cafe behind Carnegie Hall.� Inexpensive, wireless internet, you can sit and face the street, watch people, check the news, etc.� But what about Fiorello’s?� Not the best food, but what a charming place.� It’s now my favorite restaurant in the city.� Yup, a tourist dive, quick dinner before Lincoln Center and all that.� But it’s got that something.

Love lost

Filed under: film — burnett @ 7:44 pm

The movie “Lake House” starts corny and ends corny, but in between is a profound exposition of the hopelessness of love.� A couple communicates across time, more specifically, they are two years apart.� This cannot possibly end well, but they get so close…it is tantalizing and enormously bittersweet.� They know they have something, they can smell it and feel it, they just can’t make it come together.� And both will drop everything and anything to make their relationship happen.� Torture.� � And ultimately realistic.� The beauty of promise of love makes so much sense for those vivid moments.� What is it about love that makes it disappear.� Why is there no monument in Washington, DC to love?� It just plain vanishes and expects those who cling to it to “put it behind them”,� or � “move forward”.� When love fails, the participants feel worthless. Stars Keanu Reeves and Sandy Bullock.

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