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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Woodstock : Be Nice or Leave


Kitchen in Woodstock © Nina Buesing Corvallo

I prefer the sea over the mountains. But nothing is written in stone and I always enjoy Woodstock. The Catskills are beautiful but what makes Woodstock stand out is the acceptance of (counter) culture.
If you find yourself in town, check out The Center for Photography at Woodstock's current show featuring work by Hee Jin Kang, Justine Reyes, La Toya Ruby Frazier and others.
I always stop by Pondicherry too when I am in town and if you are hungry and vegge, dont fret: everyone caters to vegetarians in Woodstock. It's kinda great.

Yesterday we had a slice of Pizza only though. The best part of that experience was the waitress' shirt, which said: Be nice or leave. Words to live by.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Lo-Fi Postcards


Yes, it's a gimmick. But it's also cute. Road on Barbados © Nina Buesing Corvallo

Time to make postcards to send around the world for Hannah's Swap!
To that end I have been playing around with Lo-Fi (tx ,Camilla); however not sure yet if Lo-Fi (free trial or app available via www.lofiapp.com) translates well into print. It certainly is fun & useful for the web (J, you might find this to be a good alternative to Hipstomatic and Instagram).

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Cafe Lebowitz

Martin Scorsese's passion for New York and it's stories continues . On rotation this week: Public Speaking. I read somewhere that Wes Anderson was attached to this project first. Not surprising as Fran Lebowitz could be out of or might have inspired scripts written by Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach.
The glimpse at Fran Lebowitz Martin Scorsese presents is worth watching. It made my heart ache though. It seems to me that real conversation and speaking has become extinct. Either it is shouting or appeasing but nothing in between. Everyone is quickly vexed or deeply offended. Most recycle opnions. There is no edge and as Fran would say: It is boring.
Of course I do not agree with her on everything, of course you take it all with a grain of salt. Sure I am glad she is not my mother - but I certainly would love for her to be my aunt.

Speaking of Noah Baumbach: I thought Greenberg was a very good movie, yes it made me cringe and it certainly is not a feel good movie, but it is smart and most importantly: not boring.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Notes


Downtown Institution © Nina Buesing Corvallo

- A Photo Editor had an interesting post last week, titled Richard Prince Loses Fair Use Argument, find it at: www.aphotoeditor.com

- See some ethereal images by Martina Hoogland Ivanow on The Times' In Focus Blog: www.tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com

- For all you Downtown Lovers: www.sohomemory.com

Sunday, March 20, 2011

The Good & The Bad

The world can get me down.
Sometimes, after events such as the recent one(s) in Japan, it is hard to keep the yin- yang in check.
But last night I had delicious vegge dim sum with fellow artists Jane, Isa and Rona and when I returned home I was happy to find my husband and Aza playing guitar in our living room. And then things felt better again.
When my younger nephew was little he watched The Lion King, and after he explained the circle of life to me. Wise words can come from unexpected places.
It's all about balance and recognizing that life is all about cycles. And accepting that there are always up and downs. My favorite saying is: "We cannot control the wind, but we can always adjust the sails"(I read that on a fortune cookie).
So true and yesterday's Nicholas D. Kristof Op-Ed for The New York Times greatly illustrates that point. Find the piece at: www.nytimes.com.
I was raised to have a social conscious. I was taught to think and care about others. And truth is, life is easier anyway when you don't always make it all about yourself. It seems to me that the most selfish people are also the most unhappy people.
We recently watched the first season of Treme (tx for the tip, Ida!), and I loved the story line between Antoine Batiste and the Japanese Jazz fan. The kindness of strangers can be surprising but to me that kindness is essential to what it means to be a decent human being. Real kindness is not about tit for tat.