Archive for March, 2010

The Orbit

I love Anish Kapoor and I’m in awe of Cecil Balmond, but I’m not getting the inspiration here…

Out like a…

By now you’ve likely noticed, been charmed by, and grown rather tired of this image: A WWII graphic that the English government’s Ministry of Information commissioned for use in the case of a Nazi occupation, the poster was set aside and virtually forgotten until it was rediscovered by a bookseller about ten years ago. He […]


I fear that I’m getting a reputation for being not-fun in my old age. Sure, I’m only 30, but it’s clear that a whole landscape of human interactions has closed off to me. My interest in movies and television has waned. And I really don’t enjoy dating as much as I used to. It all […]

Monday photo (seed pod)

Ten Things To Do When Struck With Writer’s Block

I sat down tonight with nothing to write about. Nothing. Maybe it’s been a boring month for me, or maybe I just can’t get the creative juices flowing. But you’re reading this on Friday, and probably not in the mood to read anything too substantial today anyway. So here are ten things you can do […]

Do not panic.

Tomorrow morning I am leaving on a trip, the planning of which has alternately elated and terrified me. I’ll be landing in Bogota tomorrow evening. From there, a girlfriend and I will fly to the southern tip of Colombia, where it meets Peru and Brazil, to a small town called Leticia. We’ll take a boat […]

Wednesday Photo (Love)

Is it just that they weren’t paying attention in school?

A new poll finds that 67 percent of Republicans think that Obama is a socialist, 57 percent that he is a Muslim, and 24 percent that he “may be the Antichrist.”

Tuesday book review

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot, is the best nonfiction book I’ve read in a very long time. It’s an amazing, complex story told with remarkable skill by a narrator you feel you want to know. The old cliche came true for me: I was sorry to see it end. It’s the […]

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