Open Wounds

En Garde

This is one of the reasons why people fence.

Coming on to the strip, you bring much imagination with you (including hundreds of movie images) in addition to a calculating, contact-chess like mind, and the instincts to survive (even with a blunt tip there is something, well… dangerous about the whole thing).

This is such a cool video. I found it on the New Orleans Fencer’s Club website homepage and it deserves to be seen. It is more hollywood than real foil but it is cool – especially the part where one fencer uses his weapon to slide down the side of a building – an image first used by Douglas Fairbanks in the 1926 movie, The Black Pirate only he slides down a billowing sail with his knife ripping the center as he holds on. This scene gets a mention in Open Wounds and is one of the main character’s (Cid Wymann’s) favorite movies.

What was I doing looking at the New Orleans Fencer’s Club website? Going to New Orleans in June for the ALA (American Library Association’s national conference). More on that later.     Still of Douglas Fairbanks in The Black Pirate

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  1. Love the fresh layout. I really enjoyed the content. Many thanks for this brilliant entry.

    May 7, 2011 at 3:07 pm

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