After my last post, and especially at the dawn of a new a year, it seems fitting to hit the reset button and start at a different starting point. Musings to come in a subsequent post; for now, a three-part … Continue reading
Yesterday, I awoke with a start — what day was it? Where was I? What time of which day was it? And then, a calming thought: it was only Saturday. Despite two previous days free from meetings and human conversation … Continue reading
This was about to turn into a rant about heat, humidity, and the horribly oppressive weather the east coast has been suffering for the past several days… But instead, I’ll just share a few pics from the weeks I spent … Continue reading
More advice from the movie maestro: Roger Ebert’s lost book The Perfect London Walk In which he writes, “I felt a freedom in London I’ve never felt anywhere.” In this we are in agreement…
Wimbledon — Take 1 Tuesday, Wimbledon Day 2. The travelers are weary, but spirited. Picadilly from Russell Square to District Line to Wimbledon transfer from Earl’s Court. The travelers are surrounded by even more spirited event-goers: faces painted, outfits coordinated, … Continue reading
When I emailed my aunt and uncle to let them know that I was once again back in Londontown, my aunt cheekily asked whether I had returned to the ‘spacious’ flat where I had stayed for several months last year. … Continue reading
Since last September, the trials and tribulations of institutional academic life have applied ample psychic weight to my daily consciousness and have indeed dominated my waking (and sleeping) hours. But the spring semester has ended and June is nearly here … Continue reading
Hello dear reader, I could blame my lack of writing recently on the virtual piles of charts and tables awaiting my attention, or the real piles of folders full of paper, paper, paper covering every inch of my office… but … Continue reading
When your reading list looks like this, there’s only one thing to do.
One evening in December T showed me a manuscript copy of A place in the country, a collection of Sebald’s essays that was originally published in German nearly two decades ago. This spring, the English translation was published (and available May … Continue reading
“Make your ego porous. Will is of little importance, complaining is nothing, fame is nothing. Openness, patience, receptivity, solitude is everything.” ― Rainer Maria Rilke “The WPA was a national program that operated its own projects in cooperation with state … Continue reading
Imagine people — walking, jogging, strolling with dogs on leashes, drinking in the ocean while seated on benches — on a boardwalk that once was.
It’s that time again, for branches to emerge as spindly remembrances of their former, leafy selves. No doubt some of the former fall foliage was blown away by the storms of the past fortnight… This, taken just days after Sandy … Continue reading
Another urban oasis, this one tucked away on 53rd Street between Madison and 5th. The discovery got me thinking… and my curiosity was duly rewarded: New York’s Hidden Parks (although, technically this just covers Manhattan). Not bad for a 10-miler … Continue reading