Sunday, March 27, 2005

Marjuan's nose is in his sleeve because his sweater is soaked with glue. I could smell it from five paces away. He came up to me outside the cinema asking for a dirham because I took a picture of something near him. I told him if he came back tomorrow and didn't smell like glue I would go to the store with him to buy him bread. But he didn't come back the next day.  Posted by Hello

a bride in a box, a wedding march through town Posted by Hello

Mr. Sinhaji, the director of the cinema for 20 years Posted by Hello

under a Moroccan Star at the Gran Cafe de Paris, my favorite haunt so far Posted by Hello

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

tide, better than shout Posted by Hello

Monday, March 21, 2005

The tide coming in fast at Asilah created a corner Posted by Hello

Friday, March 18, 2005

Clandestine shoes--"You're not going to show customs right?"  Posted by Hello

neighbors in the medina Posted by Hello

Petit Socco Cafe

When I sit down at the café a man at the café adjacent stands up, puts his open palm in the air and hollers, smiling widely, “Italiana?” nods and bows like a bull fighter to the queen. A man walking back to his seat passes me and smiles “Hola,” he teases the word. I answer “hola.” A waiter brings me my mint tea, no extra sugar I presume, just the standard five cubes, and he keeps walking down the stairs of the café, and across the street to the barbershop where he delivers tea to a man getting a haircut.

I try to check out everyone’s teeth sitting at the same café, but their lips fairly well cover any sign of teeth, or sometimes a mustache, is like an external row. I would rather have the tea with honey but once I asked and they said, “If you drink mint tea with honey, the wind will hit you.” The man said it in a whisper, in order not to incite the wrath of the wind for having warned me I suppose.

All the chairs are set up to face the square of the Petit Socco, the little market. I turn my chair to use the table. I am now watching the people lined up along the café wall watching the street life. Women walk by in their slippers, not even the traditional kind, full blown stuffed animals, pound the streets.
The man across from me starts telling me people in Casablanca are better than people in Tangier. He is trying to convince me to come with him there, to his house on the beach. He pulls his fingers from the corners of his mouth out to an imaginary point in midair, not far, though, a gesture cut short as he looks around and decides to be discrete among the Tangerines. This means something negative but I’m not sure what.

A man in the café adjacent can’t pay and the waiter grabs his arm, stomps on his foot hard and lets him go, not to cause a scene. The man is free, but dizzying to watch, so goofy are his eyes, they don’t seem to be focused anywhere. He walks away with something still clenched in his fist. He raises his fist to his mouth and opens his palm at the last second; a white powder disperses from around the corners of his clap. A small boy struts in front of the café, and just as he is about to disappear around the corner, looks at me mischievously, takes his fist away from his mouth, and lets out the most delicate ribbon of white smoke I have ever seen. “Did you see that?” I ask my neighbor. “What was that?” He doesn’t have an answer. “Could be anything,” he says, not very helpfully. Well at least it’s not glue, which is the cheapest, most common drug in the city.

Thursday, March 10, 2005

Chaudiere Ideal Posted by Hello

staring into the mouth of the beast Posted by Hello

Tangier, Morocco// March 6, 2005// Chaudiere Ideal

I am sitting on a an abstract rug with a couple pillows under me, eating a tangerine. It's sunday, my first free day since I arrived Monday. Every once in awhile I have to feed the fire in the next room. The beast eats four logs and a bag of charcoal to get embered up, then one bag of charcoal every two hours thereafter until I fall asleep. So far I’ve been feeding it only when I get home at night, which has been consistently around 10pm. The idea is, I don’t feel the heat at all, I start it before I go to bed and sleep well. Today (alyoun) is the first rainy day here, the farmers are dancing, I am feeding the beast. I am getting very good at starting fires.

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Cinema Rif Posted by Hello