Archive for September, 2011

  • When I first heard Diane Arbus’s voice, I felt as if I’d known it all along. It’s a voice that’s as singular as her pictures, girlish and definite in tone, a voice that conveys in its lovely trills and reasonableness […]

    Arbus Speaks

    When I first heard Diane Arbus’s voice, I felt as if I’d known it all along. It’s a voice that’s as singular as her pictures, girlish and definite in tone, a voice that conveys in its lovely trills and reasonableness […]

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  • Lydia Davis writes stories whose central plot point is the very act of thinking. In a small and beautiful chapbook called “The Cows” (2001) she describes a field with cows across the street from her house near Pittsville, in upstate […]

    Modesty: Lydia Davis and Duro Olowu

    Lydia Davis writes stories whose central plot point is the very act of thinking. In a small and beautiful chapbook called “The Cows” (2001) she describes a field with cows across the street from her house near Pittsville, in upstate […]

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  • The women captured here are West Indians, something I understood intuitively based on their costuming, posture, and gait. Both photographs were taken this fall in Cambridge, Massachusetts, one in the health food co-op I belong to, and where the woman […]

    West Indian Style: Two Views

    The women captured here are West Indians, something I understood intuitively based on their costuming, posture, and gait. Both photographs were taken this fall in Cambridge, Massachusetts, one in the health food co-op I belong to, and where the woman […]

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  • Nothing calms the mind–my mind–like drifting. Stepping out the door with no particular place to go and getting lost in the process is, as Walter Benjamin and Robert Walser have pointed out, the action of a man who is interested […]

    Power Structures

    Nothing calms the mind–my mind–like drifting. Stepping out the door with no particular place to go and getting lost in the process is, as Walter Benjamin and Robert Walser have pointed out, the action of a man who is interested […]

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  • Found Man

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  • The Russian Baths, on East 10th Street here in Manhattan, hasn’t lost much of its beautiful funkiness, despite it’s new marble front, and slightly better laundered towels. Get there early enough, and the men’s locker room is actually clean, but […]

    Dirt

    The Russian Baths, on East 10th Street here in Manhattan, hasn’t lost much of its beautiful funkiness, despite it’s new marble front, and slightly better laundered towels. Get there early enough, and the men’s locker room is actually clean, but […]

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