Monthly Archives: November 2021

Happy To Chat

I recently ran across this project in Krakow, Poland known locally as Gaduławka, or happy to chat. It is an upgraded bench that encourages people to talk to each other. This simple nudge in the form of an inviting sign … Continue reading

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Street Philosophers

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Book Burning USA

So here we are well into the 21st century and the reactionary book burners are at it again. Just this week, some self-appointed guardians of American Aryan youth in the state of Virginia have called for removing books from schools … Continue reading

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Music by Miles

I recently ran across this wonderful video below featuring images by the late Saul Leiter accompanied by the sublime music of Miles Davis. It reminded me of an exhibition of Leiter’s photographs and painting that I happened to see the … Continue reading

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There’s Nothing Funny About The Haunted Clown Motel

I have stayed at some sketchy motels over the years, but nothing quite equals the bizarre Clown Motel in Tonopah, Nevada. Located adjacent to and on top of an old west cemetary, the motel/roadside attraction offers spooky, and IMHO very creepy, accomodations … Continue reading

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Actual Reality Without Silly Headsets

I love all things Iceland, including the country’s always clever tourism campaigns. The newest one satirically trolls Facebook’s recent name change to Meta and its VR-fueled metaverse dreams. “Introducing the Icelandverse” is a new campaign from Inspired by Iceland that … Continue reading

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Neglected Books

I was recently reminded to visit the wonderful website Neglected Books which reviews and writes up books which are, as the name says, neglected. It features authors who have fallen out of fashion, obscure imprints, anything that’s a bit musty … Continue reading

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Le village des sirènes

“Paul Delvaux: The Village of the Mermaids” by Lisel Mueller Who is that man in black, walking away from us into the distance? The painter, they say, took a long time finding his vision of the world. The mermaids, if that … Continue reading

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Van Gogh’s London

As I have previously mentioned, I have long been an enormous fan of London as a travel destination. In fact, during the previous century I even wrote a travel guidebook for budget travel to the British capital. But I was … Continue reading

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