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Saturday, August 22, 2009

Chick Memoirs

My friend Amy recommended Eat, Pray, Love to me and like Amy I loved reading this book. I know there are many people who did not like this memoir and sometimes I understand why.
It's been a few years since I read the book, but what I took away from it, was that Elizabeth Gilbert truly bared her soul -- and showed the beautiful and the ugly.
I found her brave. Yes, flawed - like all of us- but courageous and a thinker.
Then recently after a positive review in The New Yorker I read Melanie Gideon's "The Slippery Year"--the Californian-suburban-married-mom 'journey journal'/answer or to "ELP" and I didn't love it so much, but was still glad to have read it. Right after that, I read Julie & Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen - AKA Julie & Julia:Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously, which I have an unexpected deep affection for.
And when I noticed that Julie Powell thanked Elizabeth Gilbert at the end of Julie & Julia, I took a moment to google to see what Ms. Gilbert was up to. Her site, www.elizabethgilbert.com, led me to her thoughts about writing, which I found worth reading for anyone (creative) and just now I finished reading an article by Motoko Rich titled Eat, Pray, Love. Then What? Get Married about Elizabeth Gilbert and I am now excited for her new book Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace With Marriage.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Bill & Béa

© Béatrice de Géa (for The New York Times)

I love this atmospheric night-scape of the Rockaways - which incidentally was taken by no other than Béatrice de Géa!
This picture illustrates Javier C. Hernadez's article " The Appeal and Danger of the Beach in the Dark". Swimming at night in the ocean of course is dangerous --as it would be to be in the sea as Hurricane Bill passes nearby tomorrow. Regardless my surfer friends are excited about this weekend, while I am a bit wary for them.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Béatrice de Géa

Burial of a still born baby in Tanzania © Béatrice de Géa (for The New York Times)

This is the first picture I saw taken by Béatrice de Géa -- it was the cover of the New York Times and was part about an essay about childbirth in Tanzania -- and I was profoundly moved by it and spontaneously wrote to Béa who kindly agreed to participate in the Nymphoto Conversation series. You can find my interview with Béa by visiting: www.nymphoto.blogspot.com.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009


© Will Steacy

I am excited about Will Steacy's Newspapers project.
As a kid I used to visit my mom at the newspaper offices she worked at, remember watching Lou Grant on TV (currently available on Hulu) and All the President's Men is one of my favorite movies.
You can catch a sneak peak of Will's Newspaper work on his blog: willsteacy.blogspot.com.
It's beautifully & atmospherically shot. As I said before, Will is just getting better and better. And I love how passionate he is about his work.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Don Gummer's Early Work

In regard to sculpture I favor representational & ready made sculpture. I am not very educated about this medium and my responses are very instinctual. The very early constructivist work of Don Gummer (1969-70) also greatly appeals to me. While very different in size and execution, Mr. Gummer's work - in my mind- explores similar ideas as the minimalist work of Richard Serra.
You can see (early) works by the lesser known Don Gummer by visiting his website: www.dongummer.com -- which also offers a link to a Joseph Thompson essay title Primary Seperation: Don Gummer Early Sculpture.