segunda-feira, 7 de abril de 2008

Dr. Nicolau Caverna, se faz favor!


FANS take note: from now on, it's Dr Cave.
In a small meeting room at Monash University's Clayton campus yesterday a handful of Nick Cave's nearest and dearest gathered around a rectangular boardroom table as the self-confessed art school drop-out became Dr Nicholas Edward Cave.
With British wife Susie Bick, seven-year-old twin sons Earl and Arthur, and mum Dawn looking on, a sharply dressed Cave accepted an honorary doctorate of laws in one of the more unusual graduation ceremonies hosted by the university.
While the grand 1598-seat Robert Blackwood Hall sat empty, the 50-year-old musician, screenwriter, novelist, poet and actor donned the velvet Tudor bonnet and a red and white gown for the ceremony, which was as intimate as it was brief.
But the gown and bonnet were not for the cameras. While Cave's three-member documentary crew were given full access to the ceremony, press photographers waited outside in vain for a shot of the new doctor in his robes.
As Monash's vice-chancellor Richard Larkins pointed out, Cave's link with the university dates back to the 1970s when the young Caulfield Grammar graduate studied fine art at what was then the Caulfield Institute of Technology — now Monash's Caulfield Campus.
It was, Professor Larkins said, "for a relatively short period of time".
"It's something we do honour and value for the fact that you've gone on to make so many contributions after your association with Caulfield Technical School," Professor Larkins told Dr Cave.
Cave's words, however, were a little more brutal — "I failed in the second year."
But he wouldn't have had it any other way.
"I am eternally grateful that I failed, because it pushed me in to a completely different area," Cave said.