~moon cake~

January 16th, 2011

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Afternoon spent in Chinatown, flâneuring about.

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~edge of the world~

January 11th, 2011

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After a month away, home again. Immediate need to greet the silvery sea. The Camera Obscura built in 1946 and pictured above is the last remaining structure from Playland-at-the-Beach. Below, the view from the CO from Life Magazine, 1954. I feel the ghosts of my novel’s heroine and my own past out here.

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~greetings from an old friend~

January 6th, 2011

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Waiting mural by Larry Sultan & Mike Mandel, 1999. San Francisco International airport. Detail here. Below, a Los Angeles grid.

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~nyc addendum: all stars donuts~

January 5th, 2011

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“Wannadonut?” Ali slyly asks as we circle our neighborhood, looking for milk for morning coffee or a parking space, whichever comes first. This is how post Taxi-Subway-Airtrain-JFK-SFO-Bart the kids hit terre ferme and immediately homing pigeoned to All Stars Donuts. The inside sign looks at first glance like Donuts & Drunks, which is what you’d expect at joint open 24 hours (and I understand it has something of a rep for this), but all we’ve ever encountered at any late night hour are doughnut hounds intent upon whatever has been freshly drawn from the vat and dipped in maple glaze.

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~nyc day twenty: goodbye skyscraper national park~

January 4th, 2011

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~nyc day nineteen: ghost lanterns~

January 3rd, 2011

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Last full day in NY. Lamb shwarma at Kuti’s and a walk through Morningside Heights and Central Park.

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~nyc day eighteen: bklyn~

January 2nd, 2011

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Brooklyn: saw Fred Tomaselli show and walked through Prospect Park after a brunch at Dressler. Then hosted evening with friends that eventually (d)evolved into wigtime. Splendid day.

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~nyc day seventeen: new years day~

January 1st, 2011

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~nyc day sixteen: new years eve~

December 31st, 2010

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~nyc day fifteen: houdini~

December 30th, 2010

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We walked through Morningside Park to the last address of Erik Weisz, son of a rabbi, immigrant, vaudevillian, escapologist, anti-Spiritualist, Harry Houdini–a brownstone at 278 W. 113th. We then headed down to the Houdini show at the Jewish Museum, a Christmas tradition begun with a fantastic show on Sarah Bernhardt. A picture of the two is below, as well as some library of Congress footage of a straight jacket escape dangling in the sky of NYC.

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