Archive for September, 2011

Twenty-one years ago…

… Moscow got its first McDonalds. The lines wrapped around city blocks; people could not wait to get their hands on Big Maks and McDonalds fries. The Soviet Union was still intact, but it couldn’t withstand the national hunger for Western-style kultura and cuisine for long; the empire collapsed less than two years later. In honor […]

Travel summery pt. 5: random shots

The following are some summertime photos that I like, but that don’t fit into a nice, neat set. From Paris: From Barnegat Bay, NJ: From Austin: From Seaside Heights, NJ:

Photography 101

Changing shutter speed!! Who knew what a difference it would make!

It’s all true

I just got back from a trip to Los Angeles. It’s all true what they say about it. There are palm trees, which I still find really surprising: I mean, they’re just right there, by your house. And yet it’s not the tropics. Seriously, palm trees: Cool, right? There are also Scientologists. This is just […]

Current enthusiasms

1. Wild Flag, “Romance” video Wild Flag is Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss (formerly 2/3 of Sleater-Kinney), Mary Timony (Helium) and Rebecca Cole (The Minders). Besides being indie-rock royalty, these four women can crack you up and and kick your ass at the exact same time. The new album came out yesterday. Catch them on […]

Wrong!

You may choose to imagine the title of the post uttered as by John McLaughlin. “Wrong!” I like really wrong covers. I’m not talking about “oh wow did they really do a [genre] cover of [song in aesthetically incompatible genre]?” That used to be edgy, man, but it’s so done. The bluegrass cover of “Single […]

Nine / Twelve: let the cynicism begin

I don’t know what kind of neighborhood you live in, but I live in one that is owned, not by the residents or even the banks, but by a bunch of realtors. On most days, I can expect that a member of this cadre will place a magnetic calendar or some other such piece of […]

Travel summery pt. 5: ramdom

The following are some summertime photos that I like, but that don’t fit into a nice, neat set. From Paris: From Barnegat Bay, NJ: From Austin: From Seaside Heights, NJ:

A secret message…

…for all you TGW readers out there.

Where Were You?

Two natural disasters have taken place on the East Coast of the United States recently: an earthquake and a hurricane. On August 23rd, an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.8 shook Virginia. Shaking was felt in surrounding areas including where I live in New York City. Everyone had a story that evening. I remember meeting […]