Hullaba Lulu, The Tacit Slip

The weekly companion video for episodes of Hullaba Lulu evolved from
games of playing ‘what if’ with Teagan; what if Tesla shows up at the
pyramid or what if Lulu channels the Egyptian goddess, Isis?

This week Lulu winds up in Egypt and meets the mysterious
Nikola Tesla.

Virtual Reality photo of an avatar in the character of Tesla
Nikola Teslaish

I mean, what if?

 

Get the scoop on Teagan’s Books.

Virtual Reality photo of an avatars staging a scene of Tesla reviving Valentino
Somewhere, a camel dreams of more, Tesla said to no one in particular

(c) Rob Goldstein 2018

Hullaba Lulu: The Music Goes Round

Teagan and I are deep into the next chapter of Hullaba Lulu on Teagan’s 
Books, which means I need to take a short break to focus on making
photographs.

Virtual Reality Image of a femail avatar in a costume from the 1920's
Lulu Stands in front of a section of Piazza d’Italia, 1934 by Arnaldo Dell’Ira

I made a visual narrative to summarize where we’ve been in the story this far:

For a complete chapter index Let’s do the Raccoon

See you guys Monday!

Graphics (c) Rob Goldstein 2018

“Piazza d’Italia” 1934 by Arnaldo Dell’Ira

Pubic Domain copy of a painting by Arnaldo_Dell'Ira_(1903-1943) called Piazza_d'Italia
Piazza_d’Italia by Arnaldo_Dell’Ira_(1903-1943

Mother, You Need Shoes

I would not have noticed her had the subway car not cleared
of people at Lexington Avenue.

She removed a tattered stocking cap and stuffed it
into a grimy army jacket.

She held a smudged white bag between her legs.

She reached into it and pulled out half a doughnut.

That was when I noticed her shoes.

The uppers had split from the soles; she wrapped
her feet in newspaper and rags.

I thought, Mother,  you need shoes.

I wondered if forty dollars would do.

I looked up and watched her untangle a lock of
matted grey hair.

She reached into her bag and found a bobby pin.

She styled the lock of hair into a bun

I had forty dollars.

It was for vitamins; specifically, anti-oxidants.

My body was rusting faster than a wet Ford.

The crows feet around my eyes whispered: erase us; your
happiness demands our absence.

I examined the old woman’s cracked and broken shoes;
they were useless for January in New York.

She closed her eyes, as if ready to savor a long warm ride.

Maybe she lives in the subway, I thought, like those people
in the documentary,  Dark Days.

If she never leaves the subway she doesn’t need new shoes!

My crow’s-feet said, ’Yes!’

But that can’t be right, I thought; an old woman, alone, with
nothing but a stale doughnut for dinner.

I saw myself stand, and watched as I took two twenties out
of my wallet.

Then I knelt and said, “Mother, you need shoes.”

She opened her eyes and smiled at me and
nodded in agreement.

“Will forty dollars do?”

“Yes,” she said, “God bless you.”

I gave her the money and returned to my seat, and
listened as my crow’s-feet maliciously threatened
to deepen and spread.

 

Rob Goldstein (c) 2014-2018 All Rights Reserved
First published 5/29/16
Revised 4/7/18

 

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I Like Playing with Dolls

I liked to play with dolls when I was a kid.

My dolls unnerved my Father who forced me to join a football team.

The team tossed me after the first game because I stopped in the
middle of a play to pull up my socks.

I hate the feeling of droopy socks; but back to the dolls:

An avatar dressed in the formal male attire of the 1920's standing on a metal platform against a blue backdrop
Test shot of the Valentino character in Hullaba Lulu, a Jazz Wednesday story by Teagan Geneviene on Teagan’s Books.

I had Barbie and Skipper.

I also had Ken, and GI Joe.

GI Joe was the doll for boys who played with dolls in the closet.

Joe and Ken had a one-off in a foxhole and it drove Skipper to suicide.

She had a secret crush on Joe.

Valentino, Lulu and Rose wait for a train in Hullaba Lulu, a Jazz Wednesday story by Teagan Geneviene on Teagan’s Books.
Valentino, Lulu and Rose, characters in Hullaba Lulu, a Jazz Wednesday story by Teagan Geneviene on Teagan’s Books.

I started playing with digital dolls with The Sims and eventually joined one of the online worlds of the metaverse.

I liked to play with dolls when I was a kid.

I still do.

DistanValentino and Lulu sit on a bench as a phantom train arrives
Distance shot of a ghost station as a phantom train arrives. Valentino and Lulu sit on a bench. Image inspired by Hullabalulu, a Jazz Wednesday story by Teagan Geneviene on Teagan’s Books.

The images in this post are part of an ongoing collaboration with Teagan Geneviene of Teagan’s Books.

Black and White test shot of the Valentino character and the Gramps character in Hullaba Lulu, a Jazz Wednesday story by Teagan Geneviene on Teagan’s Books.
The Valentino character and the Gramp’s character in Hullaba Lulu, a Jazz Wednesday story by Teagan Geneviene on Teagan’s Books.

 

(c) Rob Goldstein 2018