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Mrs. Monk's Would-be Diary, should have been written by Mrs. Monk, since she is the "Writer" in the family.
However, since she is a writer only in the conceptual sense, I have undertaken to fill these pages on her behalf.
If not by her, these pages will certainly be about her, and other important matters of the day

Leslie Monk, the long suffering.

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Mrs Monk’s

Would-Be Diary

5 November 2005 Paris in Flames

Frida Kahlo has been replaced by Henri Rousseau at the Tate Modern continuing the mini run of artists tentatively connected with the surrealists.

Both painted symbolic other-worlds with much elaborate iconography, including themselves, painted within dreamlike settings, abandoning scale, and perspective and realism.

Rousseau’s many landscapes are like Lowry, obsessively detailed, and simplified, but technically naive, abandoning light and shade (and indeed shadows)

This obsessive detail is right there in the jungle pictures, made in Paris, and of course Parisians were invited to see something of themselves in these primitive pictures of monkeys and tigers in the jungle.

And this very week, the jungle is on fire.


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5 November 2005 Jeff Wall

Jeff Wall’s photographs are at the Tate Modern, where he has been given lavish space and a generous budget to display his photographs in huge illuminated boxes. Mrs Monk was very impressed with these illuminated boxes and she has been on about doing something like this for years and years and years, and she would like me to arrange such a technically challenging box of tricks on the living room wall.

But what about these Jeff Wall images. They are literally overblown and, let’s face it, somewhat diminished by these tacky light boxes, and I flatter Mrs Monk by complimenting her photography which also records the ephemera of her world, which is clearly more interesting than the world Mr Wall inhabits.

Jeff Wall also stages photographic events in the manner of Sam Taylor Wood and Cindy Sherman, but without the style.

Check out Mrs Monk’s Photographs instead

Phone Pic Sara Monk

7 November 2005 Monkey Paranoia

Mrs Monk is fond of strange hats for dressing up, and such a hat found its way from a charity shop to the back seat of the car and then on to the back shelf, and then into boot, and then to its final resting place on the head rest on the back seat.

On our recent trip to France we were getting strange looks from passengers in passing cars and particularly when alongside other cars at traffic junctions, and especially on the car ferry to Calais.

A paranoia took over and we suspected that people were mocking us; something we had experienced before, particularly Mrs Monk who is  a school teacher by profession, but this was different, more direct. Why are theses strangers staring at us? Why are they laughing at us? Some days later we realised the bizarre effect of the ladies hat on the back seat head rest.

Mrs Monk acquired a Monkey mask from the Tate’s tacky Rousseau souvenir emporium, and the lady in the back has now become a primate and a friend.

If Mrs Monk bullies me about my driving, the Monkey always takes my point of view. If Mrs Monk uses bad language, I remind her of our guest.

“Not in front of the monkey”, I say.

If Mrs Monk has her head in a Sudoku puzzle and ignores my conversation, I talk monkey.

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