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Saturday, December 27, 2008

The World Is What It Is

Regardless of what one might think of V.S. Naipul, Patrick French's new Naipul's biography titled "The World Is What It Is" is an engrossing read. Mr. French is an eloquent writer himself, conjuring vivid vignettes of life in colonialTrinidad and creating a stirring portrait of the controversial Nobel Laureate.

The Guardian's Hilary Spurling reviewed the biography and you can read her review, here.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Holiday & The City

Offerings at Lan's © Nina Corvallo

Today was the first day we have had in a while to relax. I had hoped for meal at Angelica's Kitchen, but they were closed for the holiday. It was a beautiful day in New York: the streets empty and peaceful; the weather sunny and mild. So we roamed around the East Village some more until we found Lan Cafe on Sixth Street & 1st -- a small Vietnamese Vegetarian place, that turned out to be a lovely choice. Nice food, very friendly staff and nice customers.
I love the hustle of the city, however the major holidays are a treat, because the city does slow down and mostly only the hardcore New Yorkers stay behind, which in turn creates a great ambiance.
On our way home we ran into Hank & Deb who were on their way to catch a movie.
Today was another prefect holiday in the city.

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Happy Holidays to those of you that celebrate today!

NYC : Unicycle &Snowman © Nina Corvallo

My family is a diverse mix of agnostics & believers of different faiths originating from many countries.
Last night we gathered for a champagne toast at our new home and then went on to the vegan gourmet restaurant Gobo.
Since I have always lived in the northern hemisphere, the holidays have always been about breaking up the cold and darkness of long winters. In Northern Germany xmas markets are open outdoors all December offering lots of mulled wine, pastries and (handcrafted) items for purchase.
This year my friends Rona & R. gave me delicious self-made soaps, my friend H. gave me a 'citylight' that projects the skyline of my hometown Hamburg and my sister knitted me the best wrist 'worms' ever (if you don't have a sister that knits for you, I suggest checking out the Smosch shop), my parents gave me some German books (always a great gift, because it keeps me reading in my mother tongue) and a bag that shows the coordinates of Hamburg. These are just some of the nice gifts received and I just wanted to highlight some of them because they gave me a lot of pleasure. I like when people (strangers and non-strangers a like) are nice and thoughtful to one another. And it doesn't take a lot, often it is just about gestures.
I also much enjoyed the cards and e-greetings I received for the holidays. Jane send me one of those great greetings and she also gifted everyone by posting a great interview with the talented Yijun "Pixy" Liao on the Nymphoto blog.

© Yijun Pixy Liao