A COLLECTION OF

Month: May, 2011

P L A C E

Dear friends, Just a quick note to let you know that I will be flying to New York at the end of this week to begin my first summer session at Bard College as an incoming MFA candidate in the photography program. I will still be updating the site with Stefani and will keep you […]

P E R S O N

Todays totally radical Monday interview is with Janice Erlbaum.  I just read one of her books, Girl Bomb and it lifted me so high and took me so low.  It made me remember things from my youth and had me staring at the wall for long periods at a time.  From her website: She was […]

I D E A

A note from a dear friend about everything that means everything to me.

A N I M A L

The Stegosaurus was an herbivore with a mouth that functioned more like a beak, chomping down on all sorts of plants and rocks (gastroliths) to aide with digestion.  It had four legs, a line of plates running down its back for display and spikes on its tail for defense.  The spiked tail is called a […]

T H I N G

Shadow play (aka shadow puppetry) is an ancient form of storytelling that uses silhouettes in front of an illuminated backdrop to create the illusion of moving images. It has been a part of human civilization for tens of thousands of years, having spread across many countries and cultures including the Chinese, Malaysian, French and Greek. […]

P L A C E

One of the coolest treasures of the city is the Velaslavasay Panorama located in the historic West Adams district.  The Panorama is irresistible in all of its offerings.  Showcasing panoramic works like the Effulgence of the North – “a panoramic exploration of the limitless horizon which lies beyond the frigid terrain illuminated by the ethereal […]

P E R S O N

I’m very excited to share this interview with Los Angeles-based photographer Karolina Karlic, who was born in Poland and raised in Detroit. Karolina’s photographs deal with themes of displacement, desire and despair through an investigation of American culture, specifically in reference to immigrant and diasporic experience. She received her MFA from CalArts in 2010 and was recently awarded the John […]

I D E A

Our dear friend Akina introduced me to the studies done by NASA on houseplants.  Houseplants aren’t only beautiful and interesting company – they help to clean pollutants found indoors like Benzene and Formaldehyde. Each plant type was placed in sealed, Plexiglas chambers in which chemicals were injected. Research then showed that it was the plant […]

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The Japanese consider the crane to be one of the most mystical creatures on the planet. Cranes are symbols of beauty and fidelity and are said to live for a thousand years. An ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish come true. The term for a […]

T H I N G

Boy I am excited to tell you about the magazine Esopus.  I just received my spring copy of the twice yearly magazine and it was full of extremely interesting articles and things.  The magazine is constructed like a normal page to page, but it included foldouts and pockets with secret papers and notes – even […]