Monthly Archives: March 2013

The Beard

The beard belongs to a period, although the period may last a man’s whole hidden life. Overgrown tracks beckoned and he turned down them, late nights in libraries turned into a career. He needed a hedge, a sign in front … Continue reading

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Myrtle Hilbruner, 1924 – 2013

When I was small and my parents were struggling to establish themselves in business, my Aunt Myrtle gave me the ‘educational’ presents they could not afford. She was single, worked for a bank, and still lived with my grandparents. I … Continue reading

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Recycle! Berlin Prenzlauerberg

Reuse is the theme. Stay in a hostel or apartment that has been renovated. Eat in a restaurant in a former air raid shelter. Dance and listen to music in an old factory. Feel yourself a bit rehabilitated. Meet up … Continue reading

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Rodin Museum, Paris

Oh Ro Dan, I want so to touch your stone. Light grows through softest marble so figuring my fingers that I must finally put them in pockets. – Wm. Marling

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Borobudur, hidden buddhas

This is the view from the top of Borobudur, a 9th-century Mahayana Buddhist Temple in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia. The monument looks like a giant inverted bell from a distance, but actually consists of six square platforms, ringed by seated … Continue reading

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My hero, Brillat-Savarin

This is the grave in Père Lachaise of the man who wrote the first food book – Physiologie du Goût, ou Méditations de Gastronomie Transcendante; ouvrage théorique, historique et à l’ordre du jour, dédié aux Gastronomes parisiens, par un Professeur, … Continue reading

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“I’d rather wake up in the middle of nowhere than in any city on earth.”

So said Steve McQueen. Sometimes I agree. But sometimes I wonder if he ever visited New York, Paris, or Rome. The brothers who popularized that quote, Renny and Terry Russell (in On the Loose) never sourced it. It is also … Continue reading

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Hoh Rain Forest, Washington

Green? There is nothing I can say. This is the most hallucinogenic-ally green place I have ever been.

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Louis Blériot and his moto

Louis Blériot, one of those brilliant French engineers of yore, became interested in flight while filming the gliders and ornithopers of Gabriel Voisin in 1905. He was soon designing airplanes, and in 1907 he flew the first successful monoplane. In … Continue reading

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Peluqueria Manrique

“Barbers and death, think of all the ways they are related,” said my friend. We were in a shopping center. “Earlier this week,” my friend said with false gravity, “the sign in Joe Yates’ barber shop window read “Closed,” and … Continue reading

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