Apr 5, 2016
More is revealed about local politics and culture through interactions with neighbors and ward leaders. Meanwhile, a portrait of the late Walter Edmonds (the fascinating former owner of the house now occupied by Ms. Hopkins and Mr. Sugg) continues to assemble itself in literary fashion, emerging through a collection of anecdotes passed along by friends and family members, as well as objects accidentally discovered in the house. References are made to Moby Dick, Jersey Boys, a poem titled “When I am an Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple”, and James Turrell (whose outdoor sculpture at the Walker Art Center inspires this week’s song “Frame the Sky.”) Last but not least, the inaugural “joke of the week” is unveiled, and a previous week’s visit to Le Cat Café in Brewerytown is described. Here is a link to some photos we’ve uploaded can be seen on Ms. Hopkins’ website. For those who are interested in reading the whole of the poem referenced, here it is:
When I Am Old.
When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat that doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me,
And I shall spend my pension
on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals,
and say we’ve no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I am tired,
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells,
And run my stick along the public railings,
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick the flowers in other people’s gardens,
And learn to spit.
You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat,
And eat three pounds of sausages at a go,
Or only bread and pickle for a week,
And hoard pens and pencils and beer mats
and things in boxes.
But now we must have clothes that keep us dry,
And pay our rent and not swear in the street,
And set a good example for the children.
We will have friends to dinner and read the papers.
But maybe I ought to practise a little now?
So people who know me
are not too shocked and surprised,
When suddenly I am old
and start to wear purple!
– Jenny Joseph