The concept of “stumbling-upon” is ever alive and well. Most recently, while visiting the author Teju Cole’s facebook page to locate a link to one of his recent audio interviews (in which he talks about his latest small fates project — Simple Tweets of Fate on NPR), a link that someone had posted as a response caught my eye: Paris, I Love You: 10 Books Starring Cities, compiled and written by Emily Temple. Among the titles were Cole’s Open City as well as:
- Paris, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down by Rosecrans Baldwin
- Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
- Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem
Thus, my list grows by yet another few titles. Is sabbatical really only a year long? (she says, knowing full well that such a sentiment can bring about more than a few eye rolls…)
Twitter, too, did not disappoint and while the original tweet failed to catch my eye, I was endlessly pleased to find my way to The Atlantic Monthly’s most recent photo essay — a response to reader-suggested photo requests; a sort of media treasure hunt. A few that caught my eye for how they surprise as well as cajole the viewer into wanting to know more (click for larger views of the pics):
To these fantastic images, I’ll add a few of my own that detail some of my literal, city-wide and city-dwelling stumbling-upons during last week’s very arty-cultural happenings in Philly (thanks, in part, to the lovely e! — more on that to come).
Two installations I hadn’t seen before:
1. A collection of photographs and quotes and poetic musings that line the concrete walls underneath the bridge on 22nd Street.
2. Another Mural Arts Program masterpiece — this one caught my eye for its mixed media/mixed genre effect.
A few more stumblings from recent weeks to come your way soon…