Greenpoint, October, 2015

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Faraway, So Close!

That's Nicholas Ray, tough guy filmmaker who made They Live By Night, Rebel Without a Cause and many others, photographed in the old Yankee Stadium by his friend and protégé Wim Wenders. It comes from Wenders' book of photographs Once, in which each photo or series of photos is accompanied by a brief journal entry, mini essay, or poem--each titled "Once." Here's the one for this photo:


I went to a baseball match
with Nicholas Ray.
The New York Yankees played the Boston Red Socks.
A classic.
He told me about his friendship with Joe DiMaggio,
one of the greatest players ever,
and of the time
when they were both courting the same woman"
Marilyn Monroe.

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