A few days ago we went to the Rubin Museum and viewed Steve McCurry: India, an exhibition co-organized by the Rubin Museum and the International Center of Photography. This photo from 2009 was taken in Rajasthan, India and is titled “Man Covered in Powder during Holi, The Festival of Colors”. I have a number of photos that I use on my Apple … Continue reading
While I can’t say that René Magritte is my favorite artist, several of his works resonate. Of those, the one at the top of my list would be “The Son of Man”, which figures prominently in the film “The Thomas Crown Affair”, and reminds me how I felt when I worked for a living. Next … Continue reading
Minimalist Signage or Performance Art? We think the elevator will go to all other floors, but we don’t really know. See also “The Black Swan” by Nassim Nicholos Taleb.
I read the Wall Street Journal every morning. It is a serious publication. Let’s face it, any newspaper that puts all its content behind a high pay wall classifies as serious. And, if you hadn’t noticed, their logo includes a period. Seriously. In spite of that, their writers are not above having fun when composing … Continue reading
As we all know, this definition of insanity has been attributed to Albert Einstein: The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results. In actual fact, quantum mechanics teaches that different outcomes are always possible, it’s just a matter of probability. So doing something again and again is not necessarily insane, … Continue reading
What do you do when you hear a great new song by one of your favorite artists that reminds you of all the mistakes and compromises you’ve made in your life. And, is full of hope. You try to write a blog post about it.
Today a quick intermission from our NYC Notes. Deborah Solomon interviewing Christopher Hitchens about his just-published memoir. Did you write the book for money? Of course, I do everything for money. Dr. Johnson is correct when he says that only a fool writes for anything but money. It would be useful to keep a diary, … Continue reading
Hard as it may be to believe, I had never heard of David Blaine before today. Well, I had seen some of his stunts reported in the press, but didn’t have a name or personality to go with the news stories. But now I do. Blaine talked about endurance at the TedMed conference that was … Continue reading
I’m late to this party and probably over my head but that’s never stopped me before. Let’s talk about Art and Celebrity. What got my attention the other day was reading the lyrics to a Nora Jones song. I can’t remember which particular song, but it doesn’t matter. The point was that the words themselves … Continue reading
One of the Interweb’s most recently developed art forms is the Unboxing. This is defined by the Urban Dictionary as: The Internet trend of showing photos or video from the unpacking of a retail box of some desirable product, such as the latest laptop or portable music player. Since we try to remain fashion forward, … Continue reading
It’s refreshing when an industry looks to new ways of promoting their products instead of being stuck in the past. And especially when that industry could be the world’s second oldest. We are talking Perfume. Common wisdom is that demographics are a problem for the perfume industry, with people today wearing fewer fragrances. So what … Continue reading