Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Wednesday, December 07, 2016
Here I am posting about old Paris again. This photo (above) from the Paris Exposition isn't really typical of its period but I can't get that event out of mind, so it finds a place here.
Thinking about old France provokes me to announce my pick for the best Christmas gift a book lover can give or get this season..."The Other Paris" by Luc Sante (pronounced "sant", which rhymes with "font"). It's the best thing I've read in at least a couple of years... probably a classic in its field.
Here's Sante reading from his book.
Monday, October 17, 2016
First, lets talk about what they did right. How do you like these Cliff Sterrett / Picasso-style vaces (above)? Probably flowers didn't look good in them, but who cares? They look great!
Boy, poor Sottsass!
Monday, July 11, 2016
No, these women (above) are not naked...they're simply wearing flesh colored leggings, which are all the rage now.
Pants like these used to surprise me but now I'm used to them. They're really nothing new. We white people have always liked things that are flesh colored.
Half the exteriors in my neighborhood (above) look fleshy.
If you're caucasion like me, you just naturally seek out places to live that look like yourself. Maybe it's the camouflage aspect that appeals to us.
A white man stands against a fleshy wall and...Wow!...he's invisible! Maybe eons ago that's how we foiled the sabertooth tigers. No, wait a minute...they didn't have house paint then. Well then, maybe we just liked the color...I don't know.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Boy, I'd like to visit the Greek Islands and see how life is lived in those beautiful hillside towns. Imagine what the architecture must be like!
I wonder what it's like to live in homes (above) that are like theatrical stage sets.
And on hills. What's that like?
Greek exteriors are great, but everybody knows that already. I wonder what the homes are like inside.
The interiors you see in books (above) are radically different than anything you'd find in America. Do they work? I don't know. I'd have to spend some time in them before I could tell. There's no doubt that they're beautiful, though.
When I researched this I was surprised to find that a lot of island interiors looked Turkish. An internet site says the Greeks were slaves of the Turks from the fall of Constantinople in the 1400s to Greek independence in 1830, so I guess that explains it.
I do wonder, though, how you get sex privacy if everyone sleeps in the same room. Also, what do you do about snoring?
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
But scratch that. I'm too superstitious to live in something that needs an exorcist. I don't want to be dragged into Hell just because I tried to eat a piece of pie in the middle of the night.
BTW, I noticed that older French houses are frequently built a little bit lower than ground level. Why is that? I assume its an adaptation to the uneven level of the ground, but maybe I'm wrong. Doesn't rain water seep into a house that's below ground level?
But what am I talking about? Apart from relatives I won't have any friends. People where I'm going think Californians are freaks.
Sunday, April 24, 2016
What do you think of these Manhattan photos taken by photographer Charles H. Traub in the 70s? Wow! He calls these his Lunchtime pictures.
They make a powerful argument that cities should legitimize and promote whatever activity looks good in photographs...within reason, I mean.
Some areas should be zoned to allow advertising to run amuk.