Badaude, the artist j'adore, has been commissioned to paint a Christmas window for the Shakespeare & Co bookshop in Paris this weekend, one of the spiritual homes of Ulysses thanks to the vision and tenacity of then bookshop owner Sylvia Beach. Badaude is sleeping in the bookshop (as you do with this bookshop) and is busy with the brushes as I type, with regular progress updates on her blog.
The theme is a literary dinner party with James Joyce at the piano creating the knees up (yes, dear reader, I too saw that piano) and our artist has been concentrating hard on Allen Ginsburg's derriere today and is now asking for suggestions about the music James Joyce should be playing. My suggestion of Come Into the Garden Maud quite likely to upset good friend Yeats and therefore perhaps not a good idea.
Being an artist of the Immature School myself (limited if any progress beyond the age of 6yrs) I always find real pleasure in watching gifted others creating something like this, and sneakily sat and watched Badaude draw whilst at Port Eliot last year, saving her from that wasp sting you may recall. She ran an innovative little scheme a few weeks ago to provide some comic books for the children she was teaching... in return for sending a book from her Amazon wishlist she sent out two signed posters, so I now have some treasured Badaude of my own on the Book Room wall.
It all makes you want to be in Paris right now, but failing that we can but admire the progress and cheer her on from afar.