Friday, January 31, 2014

The rest of the story

My original idea for the front cover of my new book was an image of me looking in a mirror and seeing a reflection of a 16-year-old kid.  

After all that’s the title of my book and the first of its 50 middle-aged man reflections.  

This is what I had in mind.

Original book cover idea of me looking in a mirror and
seeing an image of my Dad when he was a 16-year-old kid.

But this idea came to an end when I stumbled across a beautiful and famous painting titled Narcissus.

Narcissus was painted circa 1597-1599 by a great Italian artist named Amerighi da Caravaggio.  It’s on display at the Galleria d’Arte Antica in Rome, Italy. 

Narcissus by Amerighi da Caravaggio circa 1597-1599

The story of Narcissus, as told by Greek Mythology poet Ovid in his Metamorphoses, is of a handsome youth who falls in love with his own reflection, much like every man who looks in a mirror and sees a 16-year-old kid.

As the late great American conservative radio broadcaster Paul Harvey would say, and now you know the rest of the story.

Pax Domini sit semper vobiscum

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I came across. Is this referring to you?

Some years ago on the old Transformetrics forum a guy named Ed Pierini, he has an e-book out about middle aged fitness by the way, posted some progress pictures on the forum. He got hammered by a bold, authoritative talking guy whose avatar was a shield and sword. I sent Ed a PM to tell him the pictures looked good and the guy was full of crap. Some years later I actually found a blog by this guy where you could see his pictures. Healthy? No, he was pasty and grey. Muscular and fit? No, he was skinny and potbellied. So who was he to be taking such a lionlike stand?

pierini said...

Ed Pierini is like Tom Smith, a dime a dozen. Could be one of a million Ed Pierini men out there. We'll never know.