Monthly archives of “May 2014

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Friday fuse

                Fridays, as a freelancer, feel less distinct than they once did. As home and office blur, with only a canine colleague, waylaid by magazines. Work-a-day dissolves into dusk; lights flicker on, keyboard clatter continues. Craving a catalyst,… Read More

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Lofty laps

                  In honor of Austrian Conchita Wurst’s triumphant win of the Eurovision Song Contest, I’m bound for a Baroque manor outside Salzburg, where modernity is a foil for history. Contemporary art dealer Thaddaeus Ropac has peppered his… Read More

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Palette park

              Welcome to Superkilen, a Copenhagen park defined by color: The Red Square for the modern urbanite keen on cafes, music and sports; the Black Market, classical with a fountain and benches; the Green Park, site of picnics, dog… Read More

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Pop-up escapade

                  I’m having an Eloise moment (as part of my NYC state of mind), but rather than reside at the Plaza, I want to playfully crash the Coral & Tusk pop-up shop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. On a… Read More

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Ivy tower

  Simultaneously transparent and reflective (I can aspire to that). Or, according to the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s description: “part garden maze, part modernist skyscraper façade” (I’m lingering in NYC). As the Met’s new Roof Garden Commission,Hedge Two-Way Mirror Walkabout by American artist Dan Graham… Read More

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Frieze frame

            In May 1971, a travel brochure circulated around the creative set of Los Angeles. In typeface borrowed from a Chinese takeout menu, the leaflet promised “the finest accommodations at the most reasonable rates” in Hollywood. Al’s Grand Hotel was… Read More

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Crystal catwalk

              Vertigo rarely visits me, but I wonder if it would on the just-opened Glacier Skywalk, a steel arc jutting from a craggy cliff in Canada’s Jasper National Park. Through the glass floor, I would study the Sunwapta Valley,… Read More

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Frayed perfection

            This dress seems perfect to me, fitted yet frayed. It reminds me of a jacket I had tailored while living in Việt Nam: a blue jean blazer that shed white strings every time I wore it. Ergo a personal… Read More

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Winging it

                I rarely envy birds flight, so enamored I am with the rhythms of travel. But today I do: What I would give to glide across the globe to this interior Eden captured by Aussie photographer Anson Smart.… Read More

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Fringe benefits

  Waller Creek, the largest urban stream in the country, snakes from the northern part of Austin southward, through the University of Texas campus, along downtown, before emptying into Lady Bird Lake. With a new conservancy set up in its honor, Waller Creek is getting… Read More