Saturday, February 6, 2016

"Play Me, Play Me!"

When Claire and I visited the open house for artists at the Brickbottom Artists Building in Somerville a couple of years ago, I took a few video notes with my phone and posted them to YouTube. Watching the short movie again I found it to my liking.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

A list of DoubleTake contributors


Click here for a list of DoubleTake contributors

Here is an index of items published in DoubleTake, an illustrated quarterly published from 1995 until 2003 or so. The list is organized alphabetically by contributor. I kept this list during my tenure as the magazine's deputy editor. The last issues I edited were the winter 2002 issue (DT 27) and the 9/11 special edition (whose cover is reproduced above, with a photograph by Kevin Bubriski), which came out in early 2002. A few issues were published subsequently, but those contents are not yet reflected in this list.

This list offers a small reflection of a cherished, vanished print magazine. The contentsso many poems, stories, photographs, drawings and paintings, interviews, book reviews, and other vivid expressions of human creativitydeserve to persist!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

A lady (2013)

It's been a year since my last bird post. This one was made in April 2013. Fountain pen on paper. Ladyeyelashes, pearls.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

The East Coast has at least one typewriter repairman

Tom Furrier does blog entitled "Life in a Typewriter Shop."
Tom Furrier's shop moved across the line to Arlington some while back, but the literate legions around Harvard Square know where to find him. The customer in California whose vintage Adler desktop model sits in a rubber bin, awaiting rehabilitation, probably doesn't care exactly where Tom's small storefront isjust that his typewriter will make it back safely, newly rerubbered platen and all, to the Bay Area, where high-level typewriter repair services are evidently lacking (round-trip postage for the Adler will exceed $100).

Tom sells old typewriters, ribbons, and advertising posters and other dactylographic ephemera (samples are on his online gallery). But his main business is repair. 
When Tom fixes an old typewriter, it works again like new. My Royal (below) is older than I am and getting on just fine, years after it was last serviced. I just add a new ribbon every year or so. My seven-year-old daughter is learning to type on it (and another, slightly more recent Royal I gave her), and, like our Labrador retriever, it takes a certain amount of hard use and never bites.
This 1950s Royal desktop hails hails from Bryan, Texas.
The card in the platen was typed by Claire.
Tom tipped me off to "Writers and Their Typewriters," in which instruments are identified, with or without their owners in the frame. Another good series of images is at the Guardian (UK).

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

YouTube discovery: The John McEnroe Channel

Click here for one of several entertaining Borg-McEnroe encounters (this one at the U.S. Open in 1980, on the heels of their legendary Wimbledon barnburner)--courtesy of McEnroe's own YouTube channel. Still fun to watch, despite fuzzy video.

Full-length video of the Wimbledon 1980 final isn't easy to find at this moment on YouTube. One here is so fuzzy it's hard to see the ball; a distillation with the juicy bits at reasonable resolution is posted on the McEnroe Channel (here).

Saturday, March 8, 2014

From the Met

I drew this bird from a large funerary urn on display in the Gallery of Prehistoric and Early Greek Art at the Metropolitan Museum in New York. The urn, or Greek krater, also shown below, dates from the Geometric period in the 8th century BCE (click here for more information; the bird is not visible in the Met's photo). I connected immediately with the elegant simplicity and equipoise of this archaic creature.

Pencil sketch from a terra cotta funerary krater, Greek, 8th century BCE
Metropolitan Museum of Art, Accession No. 34.11.2

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Bills, bills, bills ...

Long-beaked bird inspired by recent visit to Harvard's Natural History Museum (aka dead zoo).