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So this one time I moved to a city across the pond whose name stateside is more commonly associated with school lunches and motorized over-sized wieners.  There I made use of a camera obtained via an amazon.com fluke that turned $895 into $89.50 (friendly advice: should this happen to you, order immediately, select overnight shipping).  I “captured” the people and places that fluttered into and, subsequently, out of my life, in a somewhat artistic fashion.

exhibit a

exhibit b

exhibit c

Upon moving back, I visited the friendly people at a reputable photographic institution (with a silly website), slogged through 1,000 plus images to select the winners, and paid the big bucks to get them printed on some quality paper.  Voila! the primary ingredients for a wall art expressionistic explosion that now “adorns” my wall after a semi-manic night of nostalgia, scissors and scotch tape (and, actually, graph paper and matches).

But, to give myself some credit, I didn’t just decide to tape pictures on my wall and call it art.  There was inspiration: a poem! and this whole long post’s point is twofold: (1) to encourage you to make your own wall art so I’m not the only one, and– more importantly– (2) to get you to read this awesome poem that so moved me to creation and (2b) to alert you to the fab publication that brought it to my attention, which can also subsequently provide you with fodder/”inspiration” for your own DIY masterpiece collages.

Working backwards… allow me to introduce you to Lapham’s Quarterly!

nice to meet you, too!

It comes out (no surprises here) four times a year and each issue is carefully curated around a theme like Money, War, or Travel (my favorite). Fiction and nonfiction selections & illustrations are pulled from 1000 BC to the present.  Expect authors from Jack Kerouac to Socrates putting in their two cents on an experience, concept, or feeling related to the topic at hand.  The result is a history of meditations on a theme. FABULOUS for your inner philosophizer!  AND the sidebars are often cheeky, abbreviated histories, maps, travelogues… organized miscellanea at its best! You can access some of their back issues here, but it’s worth it to get a subscription or  back order a single issue whose theme intrigues you.  By the way, Lapham is the former editor of the other, more commercial manual of organized miscellanea, Harper’s.

So! There I was, re-reading the Travel issue, getting all inspired, when I came across this perfectly lovely poem that in a parallel universe I would have tattooed on me.  I’ve picked out my fave lines, but please read the entire poem here, courtesy of Lapham’s.  Enjoy! And go make some wall art!

“Not Too Late to Seek a Newer World”

I cannot rest from travel: I will drink

Life to the lees: All times I have enjoy’d

Greatly, have suffer’d greatly, both with those

That loved me, and alone…

For always roaming with a hungry heart

Much have I seen and known; cities of men

And manners, climates, councils, governments,

Myself not least, but honour’d of them all;

And drunk delight of battle with my peers,

Far on the ringing plains of windy Troy.

I am a part of all that I have met…

…Come, my friends,

‘Tis not too late to seek a newer world.

Push off, and sitting well in order smite

The sounding furrows; for my purpose holds

To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths

Of all the western stars, until I die.

It may be that the gulfs will wash us down:

It may be we shall touch the Happy Isles,

And see the great Achilles, whom we knew.

Tho’ much is taken, much abides; and tho’

We are not now that strength which in old days

Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are;

One equal temper of heroic hearts,

Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will

To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

-Alfred Lord Tennyson, from “Ulysses”



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i saw a bearded lady while thrift store shopping last week.

this is much, much better.


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craigslist missed connections, you are my (sometimes creepy, sometimes adorable) sunshine.







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manifestos.net is a website devoted to . . .


obviously, we love this.

browse their titles page for multitudes of strongly worded statements of purpose from politics, the arts, and philosophy. if you need somewhere to begin, check out tristan tzara’s dada manifesto 1918. tzara (1896 – 1963) was born in romania. he moved to zurich in 1915 and took part in the cabaret voltaire (a notoriously raucous artists’ cabaret founded the following year; the art created in the cabaret was avant-garde and chaotic, referencing the inexplicable tragedies of WWI; it was here that dada was born; we suspect it was a rockin’ scene). later on, he edited dada, the most noteworthy of the french dada reviews. his manifesto is a really beautiful explanation of an artistic movement that, by definition, strives to be indefinable.

hugo-ball(this is hugo ball, another one of the cabaret’s founders, next to the text of a noise poem; we found this photo on boston.com)

abolition of logic, which is the dance of those impotent to create: dada . . . freedom: dada dada dada, a roaring of tense colors, and interlacing of opposites and of all contradictions, grotesques, inconsistencies: LIFE

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new animal collective, hooray!


nevermind the inauguration. go see them in new york on 20 january. it will be a magical concert going experience.

animal-collective(in paris, last year)


if you are still around two days later, matt and kim are playing in williamsburg. go. ’twill be the funnest show, ever. promise.


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a band you should listen to is chairlift. it is unfortunate that “evident utensil”, previously the only song on their myspace, is on their myspace no longer. no matter. “bruises”, and also all the rest, is/are pretty damn swell.


an artist you should check out is catherine ryan. her newer work mostly revolves around animals, and is awesome; her older work depicts fuzzy-faced children in snapshot-like settings, and it is even awesomer.






two diego luna movies you should watch are mister lonely and milk. the former is by harmony korine, who wrote kids, and is beautiful and nonsensical and whimsical and lovely and superb (it is about a michael jackson impersonator who meets a marilyn monroe impersonator in paris and goes to live on the commune she owns with her husband, a charlie chaplin impersonator; it is also about nuns who can fly). the latter, by gus van sant, absolutely deserves whatever hype and award nominations it is currently getting (it is about harvey milk, the first openly gay politician to be elected to public office; he’s later assassinated, along with the mayor of san francisco, by a fellow city supervisor).


see? grey days are not so bad.


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if you find yourself in manhattan before 17 january, make sure to swing by danziger projects (521 west 26th street). the current exhibition, sander’s children, explores photography by and inspired by august sander, a really fantastic fellow who lived and worked in cologne in the first half of the 20th century.


( august sander / girl in a caravan / 1930 )


( richard avedon / bob dylan / new york city, 1965 )


( milton rogovin / untitled / from the lower west side, 1969-1973 )

when every creative venture feels like a distilled version of something that someone else did first (these days), we really enjoy an art show that doesn’t try to treat pastiche as a secret. that, and the photos are really great, and galleries are a nice free alternative to museums (but make sure you don’t go on a monday or tuesday, when visits are by appointment only).

if you don’t find yourself in new york anytime soon, it is still very worthwhile to check out owner james danziger’s blog, the year in pictures. it is nice, to feel like an art world insider at times.

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