November 19, 2013
Fall is actually my favorite season, including to photograph, though sadly my camera is awaiting repairs at the moment. I was cleaning out my e-mail and files from the tizzy that was this summer and found this one–sunset on the 4th of July, awaiting darkness and fireworks.
August 14, 2013
Sunset over Manhattan Valley.
(Substantive writing coming soon.)
January 13, 2013
Getting the hang of my new camera! This is one of my favorite views in the whole city…the bell tower of the Riverside Church in Morningside Heights, as seen from the Great Hill in Central Park.
August 2, 2012
Yes, that is a tomato plant growing out of an elm tree.
I love you, Central Park.
May 2, 2012
I was on my way to an event in Times Square last week when I smelled…what in my childhood memory is the smell of driving through southern Kansas….
The only thing weirder than walking past oil pumps in Times Square?…was watching the number of people who walked right past them without even blinking.
March 28, 2012
From my first evening walk of spring, in the last week of winter….
December 7, 2011
…from my neighbors in Manhattan Valley…
I have mentioned that I love my neighborhood, right?
December 6, 2011
I just got home from the New York Public Library, where I went to hear to Josh Ritter, Wesley Stace, and Steve Earle discuss the relationship between music and writing. All three were lovely and marvelously intelligent, and though I went to hear Josh (of course), I think it was Steve Earle who said the most intriguing thing of the evening:
“What separates us from animals is not opposable thumbs; it’s that only humans make and consume art. That’s what separates us from the beasts.”
And while I don’t want to denigrate the quality or value of animals’ emotional lives…I suspect he may be right. I don’t tend to believe that humans are vastly superior to the rest of the animal kingdom in morals or capacity for empathy or emotional complexity…but I cannot think of another species that produces and consumes art for art’s sake.