VERY COOL 1/6th scale Female Assassin Series First Bomb "Catch Me" 12" female action figure

“We toil in the dark and serve the light. We are assassins.”

She has the angel’s face and the cat as Agile skill, a black night clothes also can not cover the proud person’s stature, her code is also full of provocation …

You want me to take orders from you? Catch me ,if you can!

VERY COOL VCF-2032A (Normal expression head sculpt) 1/6th scale Female Assassin — “Catch Me” Product List: head sculpt, VC3.0 busty female for the body (soft breast), Black tight briefs with body clothes, Black Tight Pants, Black removable leather martin Boots, Cat Ears x2, Scarf, Elbow Protector x2, Knee Pads x2, Waist Gun Sleeve, Leather Belt x2, Purse, Sundries Bag, Triple Magazine Bag, Multifunctional leg bag, Leg hanging triple grenade bag, Multifunctional legs hanging gun sleeve, G17 pistol x2, G17 pistol clips x4, SIG MPX-K Sub-machine gun, SIG MPX-K Sub-machine gun SIG Sight, SIG MPX-K Sub-machine gun SIG CrossHair, SIG MPX-K Sub-machine gun T1 Red dot, SIG MPX-K Sub-machine gun 30R Mag x2, SIG MPX-K Sub-machine gun BCM Guide handgrip, Holding hand x2, Hook gun hand x2, Fist hand x2, Natural hand x2

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VERY COOL VCF-2032B (Battle scar head sculpt) 1/6th scale Female Assassin — “Catch Me”

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Sustainable vs. Regenerative

I saw a pretty interesting piece this week with regards to following a sustainability path or a regenerative one.  In all honesty I think this is the first time I have ever seen the word regenerative so digging into this was new to me.  The basic premise is that sustainable building practices can’t go the distance and that a change in thinking is needed.  I am honestly not smart enough to wade anywhere near that argument, I just want to be a part of what is best for our world going forward and I am already a fan of some of the techniques mentioned (like Zero Net) so maybe this needs to be a larger part of the overall environmental discussion?  In any case check out the article and let me know what you think…
Elsewhere…

–  By the way speaking of sustainable and the green building world- anyone care to guess how many standards and rating systems there are out there now?  I recently saw a list that had 12….wild.

–  Monthly Glass Magazine review time…  Are you thinking about going to glasstec?  If so make sure you check out the excellent pieces from Olivia Parker on the event.  In addition Wendy Vardaman did a fabulous job on high-end door and entrance hardware- that is a very hot segment and she covered the story perfectly.  And as always there’s trends pieces that cannot be missed- this month John Wheaton with the Top 10 in the curtain wall world.  Seriously well done- but I am biased with John- I think he could just string random letters together and I’d love it.  All in all make sure you check out the entire issue!

–  After taking last month off with my best ad kudos, I am back this month with 2.  Kawneer is back in the spotlight (I have noted them before) with their inside cover piece focused on education.  Loved the graphic design of it- very eye catching.  The other was a slim, smart ad from Vicone High Performance Rubber.  Just a very simple approach that worked- made me stop and read.  Well done!  

–  Normally I would put this in the link section but its too interesting to not call out here…  It is an article I had saved to read from 2015 (yes I am way behind, my instapaper account is overflowing) and it’s on the first digital camera.  It’s a great read but also comes with a lesson… you may be loaded right now with work but if you are not paying attention to trends and also looking to diversify, you could end up seeing the world pass you by…

–  Follow up from last week… I got great insights from several people on “Cheerwine” including an offer to send me some! (Thank you!)  So now when I head to Virginia or the Carolina’s I am going to take it in and give it a shot.  I appreciate everyone for taking the time to reply to me on it.  I’ll have to post a shot of me drinking it and a review when that happens.

–  Last this week… starting in June I am kicking off a new segment here to the blog…  It’s called the “Big 3” and it will be 3 questions to various people in and around the glass and glazing industry.  Some of the folks interviewed will be old time friends, but also some will be people I don’t know until I get the chance to interview them.  I have a list of folks I am going to approach and it will cover all different areas of our world- from sales reps, to management, to technical and in every channel we have.  I’m excited about it and quite frankly think it will add a fresh coat of paint to this blog.  It won’t be every week but enough to infuse some energy here and also give you different insights.  So stay tuned- and keep an eye on your e-mails as I may be asking you!

LINKS of the WEEK

You usually see movies like this- impersonating a high school student
The Vape trend is just scary to me on a lot of levels, one of which being the dangerous way it’s delivered.
VIDEO of the WEEK

If you can get past the kids on here over-acting- it’s a good piece on them trying favorite kids snacks from the 90’s.  Though Pez was surely not the 90’s! I loved them….

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Awesome Sideshow Collectibles 23.5-inch (597mm) tall Elektra Premium Format™ Figure

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“I am Elektra Natchios. Not even the stars are safe in the sky.”

Sideshow is proud to present the Elektra Premium Format™ Figure.

The lethal assassin Elektra Natchios measures 23.5” tall, perched above the rooftops of Hell’s Kitchen on a base inspired by the gothic architecture of the crime-ridden city. Sculpted gargoyles and a decorative, clear resin broken window set the scene of Elektra’s next mission.

The Elektra Premium Format™ Figure is outfitted in an entirely sculpted red costume as a reimagining of her classic look. The infamous assassin wears detailed gauntlets, boots, and a bodysuit all rendered with a tactical, armored appearance sculpted in polystone.

Elektra’s detailed portrait captures her dangerous beauty, with red hoop earrings, flowing dark hair, and her signature red cap and ribbons fluttering dramatically over her shoulder. She comes equipped with her famous metal sais in hand, and the figure includes an alternate raised right arm for an added display option.

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The Exclusive edition of the Elektra Premium Format™ Figure includes a pair of swap-out hands holding metal katana blades. The right hand can also be attached to the alternate arm included with the figure for an additional deadly display option.

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Dam Toys 1/6th scale Russian Spetsnaz MVD SOBR LYNX 12-inch action figure preview pics

The Special Rapid Response Unit or SOBR, comprises a spetsnaz unit of the Russian Interior Ministry (MVD). Russian SOBR units, staffed by senior-ranking police officers, receive better training than the members of OMON (which is a cross between riot police and paramilitary police). They carry out SWAT-type special operations under the jurisdiction of the MVD, including the apprehension of dangerous criminals, high-profile raids, etc.

Dam Toys No.78058 1/6th scale Russian Spetsnaz MVD SOBR LYNX 12-inch action figure comes with a head sculpt that resembles James Badge Dale who portrayed Eric Savin: Killian’s Extremis-powered henchman in the 2013 Marvel Studios superhero film, Iron Man 3.

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Dam Toys No.78058 1/6th scale Russian Spetsnaz MVD SOBR LYNX 12-inch action figure Features: Realistic Head sculpt, Dam 2.0 Action Body, “O” Tactical Gloves X3, Thermal Face Masks(Blk), Fort Redut-5T Bodyarmor (Blk), Srvv Modular V2 Vest(Blk), Combat Suit (Surpat Camo), Combat Pants (Surpat Camo), Hydration Pouch (Flecktarn), Gp Pouch (Blk), 1st Aid Pouch (Blk), Radio Pouch(Blk), T-Shirt(Od), Rys’-T Helmet, Viper Byteks Boots (Blk), T1 Red Dot, Zenit Tactical Light + Laser, Zenit Tactical Light + Laser With Switch, Srvv Sling, Acog Ta31, Ak-74M Rifle, Folding Stock Adapter, Caa Cbs Stock, Full Length Rail Handguard, System For Ak74m, Flash Hider, Ak-74M 30R Mag X6, Ak-74M 60R Mag, Rp1 Handle, Zenit Grip, Yarygin Pya Pistol, Yarygin Pya Pistol Mag X3+1, Leg Drop Holster(Blk), Dump Pouch (Blk), Drop Leg Mag Pouch(Blk), Pistol Double Mag Pouch(Blk), Molle Rifle Mag Pouch X2(Blk), Buckle Rifle Mag Pouch X2(Blk), Grenade Pouch X2(Blk), Rop Flares Pouch(A-Tacs Fg), Rop Flares Pouch(Blk), Rop Flares (Red), Rop Flares (Green), Vx Radio, Bdu Belt, Id Patch X 4,Rus Flag Patch x2, Soviet Nr-43 Combat Knife, Soviet Nr-43 Combat Knife, Scabbard (Blk Leather), Combat Application Tourniquet, Irt Reflective Armband, Knee Pads (Blk), Chain Bolt Cutter(Yellow)

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João Gilberto Noll – La brave bête du coin

Une errance en fragments

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João Gilberto Noll – La brave bête du coin [Traduit du brésilien par Dominique Nédellec – Éditions Do, 2018]

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Les voies de l’édition ont beau être impénétrables, elles nous laissent parfois perplexe. Ainsi, on serait en droit de s’interroger sur le temps qu’il aura fallu attendre pour que soit enfin traduit en français João Gilberto Noll (1946-2017), un des plus remarquables écrivains brésiliens des 40 dernières années, jouissant depuis longtemps dans son pays natal d’une reconnaissance plus que méritée. Sans doute la rare liberté de l’œuvre d’un auteur qui se définissait avant tout comme un écrivain « instinctif » explique-t-elle en partie l’indifférence d’un paysage éditorial francophone défendant trop souvent une image réductrice, pour ne pas dire conservatrice, du roman.

Noll ne conçoit pas l’écriture romanesque comme le défi de produire un objet scrupuleusement refermé sur un sens ne cessant de revendiquer sa parfaite homogénéité, préférant au contraire l’envisager comme une dérive hasardeuse, contradictoire, fragmentaire, se prolongeant et se multipliant d’un livre à l’autre ; livres le plus souvent courts (les 19 qu’a publié le brésilien dépassent rarement la centaine de pages). Cette dérive, chez Noll est autant celle de l’écriture que des personnages, qui, selon les vœux de l’auteur, sont « tout le monde et personne ». Pas de psychologie ici, mais la proposition de suivre les péripéties mentales (qui sont également réelles, quoique toujours sujettes à caution) d’êtres égarés, jamais à leur place (car dans le monde de Noll, il n’y a de juste place pour personne), qui font face à des situations équivoques se succédant dans des temporalités toujours mobiles. Lire Noll, c’est accepter de se laisser porter par un récit capricieux qui ne concède rien au lecteur. Tout a lieu à travers le filtre de narrateurs inquiets, victimes de désirs incontrôlés, tel le narrateur de La brave bête du coin, jeune poète miséreux qui, dès le début du récit, commet un crime. S’ensuivra pour lui un périple discret, aussi flottant (l’écriture de Noll ne pèse jamais) que perturbant, le faisant passer de la prison à l’asile, avant d’être recueilli, sans que ni lui ni lecteur ne sachent réellement pourquoi et comment, par un mystérieux couple d’allemands.

Ce personnage, comme la plupart de ceux de Noll, est en quête de lui-même, d’un devenir ; ne ressent-il pas au tout début du livre de « l’abattement » en se voyant « dans le miroir d’une pissotière » ? Une quête, naturellement, qui ne pourra déboucher sur rien ; rien d’autre, du moins, que la constatation perplexe du passage du temps : le narrateur, jeune homme d’à peine vingt ans, ne cesse de se surprendre de voir vieillir d’un coup les personnes qui l’entourent, comme si le temps était une entité autonome, s’écoulant à sa guise, sans que ni lui ni personne ne puisse rien y faire, comme s’il suffisait de se retourner un instant pour constater que quelqu’un est déjà au seuil de la mort. Ce déroulement erratique du temps, qui est aussi celui du récit, plein de sursauts et de virages abrupts, est peut-être le signe d’une identité impossible : « je sais que je dois m’annihiler de cette façon, sans souffrir, pour qu’un autre puisse venir et prendre ma place, ici je n’existe plus, je manque », confesse à un moment donné le narrateur. Plus que d’une quête de soi, peut-être vaudrait-il mieux parler ici d’une tentative d’épuisement de soi, de dissolution face à l’impossibilité d’un devenir, comme s’il s’agissait chez Noll de faire passer les personnages directement d’un néant (celui d’où ils aimeraient peut-être sortir) à un autre (celui d’où ils n’auraient jamais dû sortir). La quête de ces êtres désemparés n’est pas existentielle, car il faudrait commencer par exister pour cela, ce qui dans les romans de Noll n’est jamais tout à fait le cas. Le jeune poète observe une vache s’écrouler à terre et entend un « bruit sourd, comme si entre moi et ce que je voyais, il y avait eu une vitre blindée ». Cette apparente séparation d’avec le réel n’empêche pas les personnages d’être capable des pires violences ou des actes sexuels les plus frénétiques. Paradoxalement (ou pas), cette sorte de vie diffuse, où le narrateur semble ne jamais avoir de prise sur rien, accorde une place fondamentale au corps.

Les personnages de Noll sont toujours victimes de leurs pulsions, on pourrait même dire que la pulsion est l’unique moteur du récit. Mais ce serait faire peu de cas de la dimension poétique de l’écriture du brésilien, dont la simplicité et la spontanéité de ton permet justement de tout raconter sans jamais tomber dans la vulgarité, la grandiloquence ou la gratuité. « Pour moi, la littérature a largement partie liée avec l’amoralité », affirme Noll dans une postface signée du traducteur Dominique Nédellec, avant d’ajouter que, selon lui, la seule éthique qui vaille, c’est celle « d’une canine fidélité à ce qui est, à l’ontologiquement irréfrénable ». Cet irréfrénable est certainement le signe de la beauté aussi fragile qu’envoutante de ses romans, dont La brave bête du coin est un magnifique exemple.

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Check out Hot Toys 1/6th scale Avengers: Infinity War Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange 12-inch Collectible Figure

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“I went forward in time… to view alternate futures. To see all the possible outcomes of the coming conflict.”

The arrival of Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War has crushed the worldwide box office record, edging out all the international title holders in the cinema history. As one of the popular leading roles in this massive production of Marvel Cinematic Universe, Doctor Stephen Strange, the Master of the Mystic Arts who is a sworn guardian of Time Stone has to protect this crucial piece of the universe while teaming up with the Earth’s mightiest super heroes and battle against the cunning warlord to save the world from the most dangerous threat ever.

Returned with tremendously strong mystic powers in Avengers: Infinity War, Hot Toys is extremely excited to present to you today the fan-favorite charismatic super hero Doctor strange in his very distinctive costume in 1/6th scale collectible figure with a number of symbolic accessories to recreate the remarkable scenes!

The movie-accurate collectible figure is specially crafted based on the image of Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange in the movie, featuring a newly developed head sculpt, sophisticatedly tailored and highly detailed outfit, two styles of costume display options with a magnetically attachable asymmetrical high-collared Cloak of Levitation with intricate embroidery, a variety of mystical artifacts including the Eye of Agamotto, a pair of sling rings, an array of accessories including variety of interchangeable hands and numerous mystic art effect as well as mandalas of lights allowing combinations for different mystic gestures and a movie themed dynamic figure stand with character backdrop.

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Hot Toys MMS484 1/6th scale Avengers: Infinity War Doctor Strange Collectible Figure’s special features: Newly developed head sculpt with authentic and detailed likeness of Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Stephen Strange in Avengers: Infinity War | Movie-accurate facial expression with detailed wrinkles, and skin texture | Black colored short hair sculpture | Approximately 31cm tall Newly developed body with over 30 points of articulation | Thirteen (13) pieces of interchangeable hands including: pair of fists, pair of hands for mystic art effects, pair of clenching hands, Two (2) pair of mystic power-using hands, pair of open hands, finger pointing right hand

Costume: delicately woven red-colored cape (The Cloak of Levitation) adorned with intricate embroidery with special magnetic clip-on design, navy-colored under-tunic, multi-layered blue and navy-colored tunic, dark brown-colored cummerbund, pair of dark blue-colored pants, pair of black and blue-colored boots

Accessories: Two (2) sling rings, Two (2) amulets (The Eye of Agamotto) with an open and closed Eye, respectively, Fourteen (14) pieces of mystic art effects including: Four (4) pieces of green-colored mandalas of light in different sizes (wearable on forearms), Four (4) pieces of orange-colored mandalas of light in different sizes (wearable on forearms), pair of orange-colored mandalas of light, set orange-colored battle mystic art effect, orange-colored square-shaped mystic art effect, orange-colored sword-shaped mystic art effect, bundle of reddish orange-colored ropes mystic art effect, specially designed Avengers: Infinity War themed dynamic figure stand with movie logo and character backdrop

Release date: Approximately Q2 – Q3, 2019

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Iron Studios Art Scale 1/10th scale Avengers: Infinity War 20-inch tall Hulkbuster armor

As one of the most powerful suits in Iron Man’s arsenal, the Hulkbuster armor is back to protect Wakanda from Thanos’s invading army! Created solely for the purpose of restraining the Hulk, it is now operated by Bruce Banner (Hulk in human form) against Thanos’s aliens. What a turnaround!

Made in Polystone based on original 3D references from the movie, this hand painted Iron Studios Art Scale 1/10th scale Avengers: Infinity War 20-inch tall Hulkbuster includes a diorama base which can be connected to other characters. Also comes with a Hulkbuster Artwork in A3 paper size – only available when pre-ordered at www.ironstudiosus.com Product Dimensions: 20 in (H) x 11 in (W)

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Advances in Semantic Textual Similarity

Posted by Yinfei Yang, Software Engineer and Chris Tar, Engineering Manager, Google AI

The recent rapid progress of neural network-based natural language understanding research, especially on learning semantic text representations, can enable truly novel products such as Smart Compose and Talk to Books. It can also help improve performance on a variety of natural language tasks which have limited amounts of training data, such as building strong text classifiers from as few as 100 labeled examples.

Below, we discuss two papers reporting recent progress on semantic representation research at Google, as well as two new models available for download on TensorFlow Hub that we hope developers will use to build new and exciting applications.

Semantic Textual Similarity
In “Learning Semantic Textual Similarity from Conversations”, we introduce a new way to learn sentence representations for semantic textual similarity. The intuition is that sentences are semantically similar if they have a similar distribution of responses. For example, “How old are you?” and “What is your age?” are both questions about age, which can be answered by similar responses such as “I am 20 years old”. In contrast, while “How are you?” and “How old are you?” contain almost identical words, they have very different meanings and lead to different responses.

Sentences are semantically similar if they can be answered by the same responses. Otherwise, they are semantically different.

In this work, we aim to learn semantic similarity by way of a response classification task: given a conversational input, we wish to classify the correct response from a batch of randomly selected responses. But, the ultimate goal is to learn a model that can return encodings representing a variety of natural language relationships, including similarity and relatedness. By adding another prediction task (In this case, the SNLI entailment dataset) and forcing both through shared encoding layers, we get even better performance on similarity measures such as the STSBenchmark (a sentence similarity benchmark) and CQA task B (a question/question similarity task). This is because logical entailment is quite different from simple equivalence and provides more signal for learning complex semantic representations.

For a given input, classification is considered a ranking problem against potential candidates.

Universal Sentence Encoder
In “Universal Sentence Encoder”, we introduce a model that extends the multitask training described above by adding more tasks, jointly training them with a skip-thought-like model that predicts sentences surrounding a given selection of text. However, instead of the encoder-decoder architecture in the original skip-thought model, we make use of an encode-only architecture by way of a shared encoder to drive the prediction tasks. In this way, training time is greatly reduced while preserving the performance on a variety of transfer tasks including sentiment and semantic similarity classification. The aim is to provide a single encoder that can support as wide a variety of applications as possible, including paraphrase detection, relatedness, clustering and custom text classification.

Pairwise semantic similarity comparison via outputs from TensorFlow Hub Universal Sentence Encoder.

As described in our paper, one version of the Universal Sentence Encoder model uses a deep average network (DAN) encoder, while a second version uses a more complicated self attended network architecture, Transformer.

Multi-task training as described in “Universal Sentence Encoder”. A variety of tasks and task structures are joined by shared encoder layers/parameters (grey boxes).

With the more complicated architecture, the model performs better than the simpler DAN model on a variety of sentiment and similarity classification tasks, and for short sentences is only moderately slower. However, compute time for the model using Transformer increases noticeably as sentence length increases, whereas the compute time for the DAN model stays nearly constant as sentence length is increased.

New Models
In addition to the Universal Sentence Encoder model described above, we are also sharing two new models on TensorFlow Hub: the Universal Sentence Encoder – Large and Universal Sentence Encoder – Lite. These are pretrained Tensorflow models that return a semantic encoding for variable-length text inputs. The encodings can be used for semantic similarity measurement, relatedness, classification, or clustering of natural language text.

  • The Large model is trained with the Transformer encoder described in our second paper. It targets scenarios requiring high precision semantic representations and the best model performance at the cost of speed & size.
  • The Lite model is trained on a Sentence Piece vocabulary instead of words in order to significantly reduce the vocabulary size, which is a major contributor of model size. It targets scenarios where resources like memory and CPU are limited, such as on-device or browser based implementations.

We’re excited to share this research, and these models, with the community. We believe that what we’re showing here is just the beginning, and that there remain important research problems to be addressed, such as extending the techniques to more languages (the models discussed above currently support English). We also hope to further develop this technology so it can understand text at the paragraph or even document level. In achieving these tasks, it may be possible to make an encoder that is truly “universal”.

Acknowledgements
Daniel Cer, Mario Guajardo-Cespedes, Sheng-Yi Kong, Noah Constant for training the models, Nan Hua, Nicole Limtiaco, Rhomni St. John for transferring tasks, Steve Yuan, Yunhsuan Sung, Brian Strope, Ray Kurzweil for discussion of the model architecture. Special thanks to Sheng-Yi Kong and Noah Constant for training the Lite model.

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Didier da Silva – Toutes les pierres

Vies de poètes

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Didier da Silva – Toutes les pierres [L’arbre Vengeur, 2018]

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Un homme regarde danser une feuille ballotée par le vent, suspendue au fil d’une araignée. Dans cette scène d’ouverture éphémère, fragile, le presque rien d’une magie à peine entraperçue, déjà envolée, observée en passant au lendemain d’une nuit de « petits verres » dont les effets se font encore sentir, sont concentrés tous les enjeux de l’ambitieux et délicat roman du marseillais Didier da Silva. Un écrivain qui, certainement, a compris que la vie n’est pas tant une succession d’épisodes que d’impressions fugitives, au-delà des réussites passagères et des ambitions frustrées. Une série d’impressions dont le couronnement fatal est couru d’avance, tant raconter l’histoire d’une vie, c’est aussi raconter celle d’une mort ; un regard rétrospectif qui porte le nom de biographie.

L’homme qui observe ce spectacle aussi minimal qu’enchanteur, c’est Li Baï, plus connu sous le nom de Li Po, poète taoïste chinois du VIIIème siècle, auteur de poèmes classiques, fatalement intraduisibles, où la lumière de la lune baigne la nostalgie du présent. Un poète capable « d’improviser du tac au tac un quatrain, une chanson, incomparable évidemment, aussitôt dignes de traverser, sinon la barrière de la langue, ils n’y pensent même pas, mais les siècles, un jeu pour lui. » Ce chinois presque mythologique dans un pays trop grand pour nous n’est que l’une des deux principales pierres rassemblées dans Toutes les pierres. L’autre, c’est Heinrich von Kleist, allemand romantique et suicidaire, génial auteur (entre autres) de Michael Kohlhaas (1810). Deux figures aux antipodes, donc, tant esthétiques que géographiques et temporels, mais deux figures, avant tout, de poètes – deux sensibilités – et c’est bien là ce qui intéresse Didier da Silva. Deux destinées qu’il décide de raconter intégralement, tout en y ajoutant tardivement, en point de fuite, une troisième, celle du compositeur espagnol Enrique Granados, comme pour mieux suggérer l’idée d’un livre infini où les biographies ne cesseraient de se croiser, de se dire et de se contredire, de se refléter. Il est vrai, d’ailleurs, que le lecteur souhaiterait qu’il le soit, infini, ce roman, tant les dons de narrateur et la finesse de l’écriture du marseillais, une élégante nonchalance, lui permettent d’éviter tous les écueils du genre biographique quand il prétend au romanesque.

Quand bien même les vies de ses deux personnages ne vont pas sans heurts, sans hauts (Li Baï, surtout, qui tutoya le pouvoir et aimait les sommets de montagne perdus dans la brume) et bas (Kleist, principalement, à court d’argent et mâchouillant ses humeurs noires dans des chambres mal ventilées), da Silva garde toujours la bonne distance, respectueuse, voire admirative, mais aussi moqueuse quand il le faut des travers pas toujours pardonnables de ses héros. Tout ce qui commence en tragédie se répète en comédie et vice-versa, ce que l’on vérifiera ici, dans ce livre où l’humour (un humour d’équilibriste) n’est jamais loin, mais jamais trop proche non plus, à bonne distance (une des leçons que da Silva semble avoir retenu de sa lecture certainement attentive d’Echenoz). Les péripéties de nos deux poètes voyageurs (par goût, par instabilité, par nature, comme si le poète était forcément voyageur) sont également celles de deux êtres ballotés, comme on dit, par les vents de l’histoire, comme s’ils étaient eux aussi cette feuille d’arbre sur laquelle s’ouvre le livre. L’histoire, ils la subissent, la regarde passer et essaient d’y prendre part. Ainsi, Kleist, frustré de ne pouvoir s’engager dans l’armée française, va-t-il plus tard observer les troupes napoléoniennes fondre sur l’Autriche. Là, « il se rassasie de visions infernales, de cervelles à l’air libre ». Entretemps, Li Baï devient le poète favori de l’Empereur, avant que ce dernier ne soit déchu, dans les couloirs d’un palais où l’on pratique « l’éviscération entre intimes ».

Les deux poètes sont, dans Toutes les pierres (tous ces petits cailloux ramassés et perdus le long des chemins de la vie), « à l’aise avec l’idée de génie », ce qui les rends aussi antipathiques que touchants, tant ils sont porteurs de cette conviction absolue du propre talent face aux vicissitudes. Kleist, surtout (Li Baï, en raison peut-être de la distance culturelle, semble prendre les choses avec davantage de philosophie), qui porte cette conviction à bouts de bras, comme un souffreteux, se mettant Goethe à dos tout en rêvant au succès jamais confirmé de ses éphémères revues, le soufflé retombant toujours très vite, les idées de suicide en profitant pour revenir à la charge. Tandis que Li Baï « s’occupe à vieillir et l’Empire à se déliter », Kleist ne cesse de se battre contre les moulins, contre lui-même, contre sa famille. Puis l’élégant contrepoint de ces deux destins finit par tisser sa dernière maille et tout est enfin consommé.

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