things of little relevance

Shares well—intellectually, emotionally, epidermally.
November 24, 2008, 1:40 am
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It’s getting to that time of the semester when everyone is a little more desperate than usual. If I had a hundred dollars lying around, I’d totally splurge for a New York Review of Books personal. Hint hint, Christmas present.

RENAISSANCE WOMAN: exceptionally good-looking, trim Ph.D., divorced, 50, no children. Likes to ski, sail, ride, swim, run. Good dancer, great cook. Loves music, theater, books, a good joke. Seeking reasonable male, 50s, early 60s for companionship, perhaps more. Photo please. NYR Box 50902

SENSUAL, PASSIONATE, successful artist. Quiet beauty, mischievous spark, and heartfelt warmth. Considered fun to be around and completely real. Slender, athletic, very physical, and outdoorsy. Enjoys hiking, cross-country skiing, painting watercolors outdoors, community activism to make the world a better place, dancing, sailing. Relaxed traveler, comfortable anywhere (Maine islands to Cornwall, Greece, Provence). Good company and good sport, enjoys busy, happy life, yet looking for special zing with warm, personable, fit and active, New England area man, 55 through early 70s, for dinners, movies, and perhaps more. (508) 951-1438;

ATTRACTIVE, INTELLIGENT, CULTURED. Love Philip Roth, passionate about politics, adore Charlie Rose. Raised two nice kids while working as an educator. Seeking a sophisticated man, 75+, for fun and intimacy. NYR Box 50609.


The New Depression
November 23, 2008, 1:15 am
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The other day, my friend Zane said that he was going to start dressing like a man during the 1930s Depression era (which actually doesn’t differ much from his current style) to mirror the floundering economy. His remark corresponds really well with this week’s Bill Cunningham’s “On the Street” feature: The Mark of a Gentleman. For myself, I’m going to hunt down some long wool skirts and a hat that doesn’t make me look like a young Asian boy.

new things
November 20, 2008, 1:37 am
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Sometimes I like technology, especially when it allows me to change my gmail inbox to look like Sailor Moon/Hello Kitty on acid.


In An Antique Land
November 17, 2008, 2:18 am
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If I hesitate to call it love it is only because the documents offer no certain proof.

(I am a very sensitive soul.)

cultural commons
November 17, 2008, 12:50 am
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“Unlike a commodity, whose value begins to decline the moment it changes hands, an artwork gains in value from the act of being circulated—published, shown, written about, passed from generation to generation — from being, at its core, an offering.”

Lewis Hyde on intellectual property.

beata beatrix
November 15, 2008, 8:11 pm
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Beata Beatrix

Right now I’m writing an Art Hum paper about Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s most famous painting—Beata Beatrix. During my research for this paper, I came across the most engaging biography, Rossetti; it was such a narrative! I actually spent an hour reading it before I realized that none of what I had read applied to my paper. Being a nerd, I usually enjoy reading scholarship but I was thoroughly engrossed by this biography. Then I looked at the author’s name—Evelyn Waugh. No? It couldn’t be! Turns out Rossetti was his first book. Of course, it makes total sense. The very man who wrote about all those dandies just wrote about a real one this time around. Unfortunately Rossetti is out of print, but it is still available at Barnard library or Columbia Rare Books.


“Biography, as books about the dead are capriciously catalogued, is still very much in the mode.”

November 12, 2008, 2:41 am
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Recently in my Renaissance in Europe class, we finished Erasmus’ “The Religious Feast,” in which Erasmus emphasizes the importance of eating together. To quote Professor Eden: “It’s not what you eat together, but that you eat together.” Over the weekend, I had a number of fantastic meals with friends.

Khalid and I went to Shake Shack on Friday. I was due for a daytime outing not to Butler or Hungarian. I got the Shack Burger and cheese fries. The burger was delicious, the cheese fries were sub-par. When I got my order, the fries were already room temperature and the cheese had started to solidify. The UWS Shake Shack is already using frozen fries, a little more effort could offset that fact.



Saturday night I trekked to Williamsburg to see Hae-Joon’s new/old apartment. We had a fantastic dinner at La Superior. It’s one of those hipster comfort food places, but why mess with a working concept? It’s also BYOB! I ordered the Torta ahogada, which was essentially a bowl of carnitas in spicy sauce. Mhhmm…pork.