Detective Daniels on the case.
By the time I was 14 I had read every Agatha Christie book available. There was something about being a detective that grabbed me, following threads, always looking at double bluffs and observing the least suspected. I used to love trail finding in the brownies and girl guides, along with anything that had clues and signs. Probably having to be on guard constantly at home with a psychopathic stepmother set me off at an early age looking for signs and checking out the radar.
Recently a post came up showing a photo of the royals, William and Kate showing their first baby just after the birth, Kate, poor thing had been dressed by her wardrobe manager in an exact replica of the dress worn by Mia Farrow in the film Rosemary’s Baby. It got me thinking about Ira Levin author of the book. I was a keen fan of Levin and read all his books in my late teens which included The Boys from Brazil, The Stepford wives and best of all This Perfect Day. They were all thrilling reads, but it was This perfect Day that really stayed in my mind.
This Perfect Day is a science fiction novel, about a technocratic dystopia. It’s full of twists and turns, plots and counterplots, and funnily enough is quite current with our present story today, relating to all the different stories we are hearing about what is going on in the world of corona.
Detective Daniels googled Levin just to see what his background was, and saw that he served in the Army signal corps from 1953 to 1955. So I checked out the Army signal corps and discovered ….
The United States Army Signal Corps (USASC) is a division of the Department of the Army that creates and manages communications and information systems for the command and control of combined arms forces. Over its history, it had the initial responsibility for portfolios and new technologies that were eventually transferred to other U.S. government entities. Such responsibilities included military intelligence, weather forecasting, and aviation.
It seems that Ira Levin had the same sort of job as Chelsea Manning and I found that interesting.
I’m documenting my response to Covid-19 in a series of hats for a pandemic. From my safe and comfortable perspective in a remote house in Norway, I see fear and turbulence being expressed by all kinds of people on the internets. I’m channelling what I see now and what I’ve struggled to make sense of in the past, with moments of crazy, joy, sunlight and spring time. Our heads are all over the place, so I made hats for that.
Self care in a lockdown
If you are in a physical position to watch the sunrise, I urge you to try and make the effort to do it. Being there as the sun first shows its glorious rays is quite magic.
It is food for the soul. Having a cup of hot water, strange as that might sound is also very comforting. It’s a small free action to start our day, one that we can do for ourselves.