Jorge Luis Borges, Buenos Aires, 1975-76 -by Willis Barnstone
I think that time is the most essential mystery. Other things may be mysterious. Space is unimportant. You can think of a spaceless universe, for example, a universe made of music. We are listeners of course. But as for time, you have the problem of definition. – Jorge Luis Borges, at University of Chicago, May 1980
photo and quote from : ’Borges at 80 - Conversations’, Ed. by Willis Barnstone (New Directions Books, 2013)
Scan - It was 50 years ago today, 2 March 1964, that The Beatles began filming A Hard Day’s Night… and on the very first day of flming, George and Pattie (who’d been cast as a school girl) met
“On first impressions, John seemed more cynical and brash than the others, Ringo the most endearing, Paul was cute, and George, with velvet brown eyes and dark chestnut hair, was the best looking man I’d ever seen.” - Pattie Boyd, Wonderful Tonight
“Two young actresses were playing school girls. One of them had short dark hair, the other blonde hair. These two girls gave the Beatles awe-struck gazes the entire time and giggled non-stop. They were of course overjoyed to be there. George glanced over at them as inconspicuously as possible, nudged me and pointed at the blonde. ‘Doesn’t she look great? Like Brigitte Bardot!’ He liked Pattie from the start, even if he acted very cool to begin with, the rascal. I don’t think he exchanged one word with her that day!” - Astrid Kirchherr, translated from the German book The Beatles: Wie alles begann
“I met them and they said hello. I couldn’t believe it. They were so like how I’d imagine them to be. They were just like pictures of themselves coming to life. George hardly said hello. But the others came and chatted to us. When we started filming, I could feel George looking at me and I was a bit embarrassed. Ringo seemed the nicest and easist to tak to, and so did Paul. But I was terrified of John. After that first day’s shooting, I asked them all for their autographs, except John. I was too scared. When I was asking George for his, I said could he sign it for my two sisters as well. He signed his name and put two kisses each for them, but under mine he put seven kisses. I thought he must like me a little.“ Pattie Boyd, The Beatles - The Authorized Biography by Hunter Davies
"Meeting him changed my life. It was one of those sharp right turns that alters things forever.” - Pattie Boyd, Hello!