Carter is the son of a dear college friend and I am so impressed with his efforts to help his friend, Bobby, get the treatment he needs. It’s hard to that know anyone, especially one as young as Bobby, has a long road ahead of him. Lucky kid, though, to have friends like Carter standing beside him. I wish Bobby well, and Carter resounding success.
Hi there! My name is Carter and I’m in 8th grade. Recently, my friend Bobby was diagnosed with cancer in his leg. Since then, he occasionally will come in to school to catch up and try to tough it out though he will often start to feel sick and have to go home.
Some people in our school have gotten haircuts to show they care and one or two kids even did a one day “buzz cuts for Bobby” fundraiser. One night, I was eating dinner at Chipotle and telling my mom about Bobby and how some people were trying to help ease the cost of the surgery and chemo and the pain that bobby and his family were feeling. After a while we tried to change the topic, as people often will when the topic is sad, and instead started talking about a bike trip that I do every…
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The Smithsonian Magazine’s coverage of a resurgence of interest in Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s fancifully fruited portraits gives me a chance to mention one of my favorite movies, Just Visiting, starring the lovely Jean Reno. Juxtapositions of fine art and pop culture make each especially memorable; when Reno’s character, the noble knight Thibault, is poisoned at his engagement banquet by a witch’s potion, he begins to hallucinate. His future bride and her royal parents morph into Arcimboldo-inspired creatures and, in an agony of terror and surprise, he kills his princess bride-to-be on the spot. Of course, that’s only the beginning of the story (but you already know that, right?). That Thibalt’s poison-enabled visions should resemble the amusing paintings of an Italian Renaissance master endears the film to me even more. I hope you will take some time to learn more about this brilliant artist and see the tiny portion of his legacy utilised so nicely in Just Visiting.
If any of you can think of other examples of fine art appearing a pop culture context, please let me know in the comments.