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‘Dogs are our link to paradise..’

“Dogs are our link to paradise. They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring–it was peace.” — Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being: A Novel

Enjoying the silence of GIFs

The mind fills a silent GIF with sound. The flags flickering in the wind, the lightbulb dancing at a Mexico City bar, to the whistle of leaves swinging outside your window. Living in the distraction era, noise is ubiquitous. Standing still, the decibels around turn up to match the horizon. But the calmer it becomes, […]

Walden, water, and wifi

One day we’re going to miss the powerful silence of the natural world, the way it smells and begs for an inquisition. That’s because “most people are on the world, not in it,” wrote the father of national parks John Muir. In putting a “fence around nature,” we lock ourselves into a secluded wall of […]

Weathered or not in New York

The weathered we address: What kind of weathered is it? It contains multitudes. Graffitied Exhausted Chipped Bruised Split Tourist Weather-ed Exposed Repaved Rushed ….Retrofitted and restored Weathered rock or stone, broken glass, ruptured pavement, blinding headaches, winters wear down New York but its city dwellers weather in, on, and through in flexible shifts. All photos by […]

The car with a dragon tattoo

The leaves grow sideways, unimpeded from the downward force of nature. The car with a dragon tattoo also roars its way into the future. 2017 is the end of the past Revisiting the roots, 2018 promises to bend into unusual shape.

Ascending Museo Soumaya

I spent a few days in Mexico City last week. One of our stops included The Museo Soumaya building in the upscale Miguel Hidalgo district. Designed by Mexican architect Fernando Romero, the curvy-shaped building contains five floors of European art, including the sculptures of Auguste Rodin. The above picture shows my older brother ascending the […]

The cheeky faces of Mexico City

From the masks of Mexico City’s cheeky lucha libra wrestlers to the walls of art in dive bars and parks, to the boyhood fervor of an old man in his special puppet, Mexico City is very much a lived experience. To quote Edward Burnett Tylor: “Taking it as a whole, Mexico is a grand city, […]

First stillness, then catastrophe

Transformation can be exciting, but it can also be retrograde. Change doesn’t mean better. Boredom with the status quo can sometimes beget darkness. The function of play, a style of art, a kind of government, are meant to be noisy but unrestricted. The stimulation of calm and collected still leaves space for the unimaginable and […]

Experiments in pink + orange

What’s interesting about distortion is that ordinary photos or videos can instantly become more interesting. VSCO has some excellent filters for converting your photos into different looks. While my favorite is still the Nike Sportswear Mars-like filter, I love the pink, blue, and orange effects as part of the VSCO D-series. All photography is in […]

Here today, gone tomorrow

Standing in Grand Central Station reminds us of the temporariness of life, that what’s here now can be gone in a flash. We should be dubious of ephemerality, especially in the internet world where things get consumed and promptly forgotten. Good feelings are equally fleeting; they ascend and descend like a sine wave. Instead, the […]

Temporary foliage

Constant and changing, the Fall comes around and whips durable trees into seasonal characters, reminding us that everything is temporary. The form is ephemeral, the roots are permanent. The colorful autumn foliage tree jettisons its leaves, falling without regret. The ‘e’ in leaf stands for effortless; its intuition accepts the will of the wind and […]

The round jumpman

The original Jumpman wasn’t Michael Jordan; it was Mario! But the name didn’t stick because it wasn’t marketable enough according to Minoru Arakawa, Nintendo’s American boss in the early 1980s. Luckily, he got some outside inspiration. From the Economist: “His name was an afterthought. Top billing on the game was always going to go to […]

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