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
This list offers a small reflection of a cherished, vanished print magazine. The contents—so many poems, stories, photographs, drawings and paintings, interviews, book reviews, and other vivid expressions of human creativity—deserve to persist!
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Thursday, June 5, 2014
|Tom Furrier does a blog entitled "Life in a Typewriter Shop."|
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.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
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
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|