As part of our continuing effort to bring you the Art of Intelligence here's the latest piece from former Army Counter-intelligence author John Davis.
The following was originally posted on MysteriousWritings.com on April 19th, 2017.
Perhaps the most mysterious beginning of any movie is the scene at Fort Zinderneuf, in the 1939 film, Beau Geste. Fort Zinderneuf is a French Foreign Legion outpost, standing mute, somewhere in the Sahara. It is approached by a relief column of soldiers, sent to rescue the beleaguered occupants.
As the new condo buildings rise in SoHo, the historical perspective as to how we got here fades. Few of the swells dropping seven and even eight figure checks on the table for their new digs have much knowledge about why SoHo really is SoHo. Yes, they might know that the acronym stands for south of Houston Street, and that Warhol and Castelli were on West Broadway around the same time in the 70's, but what about the raw lofts, fixture fees and guerrilla art?
The crowds don’t start until some time around noon. So, it seemed like a good time to walk along West Broadway. The vendors and artists that line the sidewalks from Broome to Houston Streets used to start shortly after 8 a.m. but even at 10:00 a.m. it was certainly not crowded. Some of the artists have headed to the High Line while others have left SoHo for other parts of the country but there are still a few familiar faces.
The Greenwich Village Antiquarian Book Faircelebrates its 36th year on Friday, February 20th through Sunday, February 22nd at P.S. 3 in the West Village. The 3-day event offers both the serious bibliophile and the casual browser a delightful opportunity to peruse rare and vintage books!
When the phrase “Holy Days” appears, it has a sombre quality. It elicits images of tranquil, serious contemplation – a time set aside to appreciate the gift of Life, and to clear one's soul of rancor and resentment. In direct contrast, the word, “Holiday” a clear derivative, brings forth visions of celebration, feasting ... PRESENTS!
One of our favorites out right now is “Ansel Adams: Classic Images” at Robert Mann Gallery. Presenting some of both Adams' best-known photographs as well as stellar lesser-seen works—including several vintage prints dating back to the artist's very early career in the 1920s—this collection by the legendary photographer spans the grand scope of his Western landscapes.